Two-loss starts have already derailed once-promising seasons for Oklahoma and Texas A&M, two of leading College Football Playoff contenders back in August who continue to plummet down the USA TODAY Sports NCAA Re-Rank 1-131.
Oklahoma's second loss in a row drops the Sooners to No. 38, down 17 spots from last week and 33 spots from the Sooners' high of No. 5 just two weeks ago. Brent Venables' defense allowed more than 1,000 yards in losses to Kansas State and TCU.
A&M had rebounded from an earlier loss to Appalachian State to defeat Miami (Fla.) and Arkansas.