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Oklahoma football No. 2 behind Bama in ESPN 2021 Power Index

Dec 30, 2020; Arlington, TX, USA; Oklahoma Sooners head coach Lincoln Riley lifts up the Cotton Bowl trophy after the game against the Florida Gators at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

The widespread belief that this could be Oklahoma football coach Lincoln Riley’s best chance yet to reach the college football summit has some new supporting material.

The first look at ESPN’s 2021 College Football Power Index positions the Sooners in the No. 2 spot right behind top-ranked Alabama. Clemson is third, and the team in the No. 4 spot might surprise you — it’s the Iowa State Cyclones.