That’s what an upset victory against Alabama in the Allstate Sugar Bowl can do for you as Oklahoma finishes the 2013 season ranked No. 6 in both of the major polls released Tuesday morning.
The Sooners were ranked No. 11 by the BCS heading into the bowl game and certainly turned a lot of heads with their performance against the Crimson Tide.
Alabama entered the game as a 17-point favorite, but it was OU that ended up winning by two touchdowns in the 45-31 victory.
The Sugar Bowl victory capped a phenomenal way for the Sooners to end the season. OU was 7-2 and sort of floundering with most thinking an 8-4 regular season record was in store.
The Sooners won their final four games, including the final two as heavy underdogs to teams ranked No. 6 or higher.
This season was supposed to be a rebuilding campaign for the Sooners as evidenced by their No. 16 preseason ranking. In going 11-2 and finishing at No. 6, it is the most spots OU has jumped up in the polls since going from No. 19 to No. 1 and winning the 2000 national championship.
OU is the top-ranked team in the Big 12 for a conference-leading seventh time and was one of three conference schools in the top 20.
The consensus top five was Florida State, then Auburn, followed by Michigan State, South Carolina and Missouri.