Sooners move up to No. 3 in AP poll behind Clemson, Alabama

Oklahoma moved up to No. 3 behind Clemson and Alabama and the Big Ten placed three teams in the top six of the new Associated Press college football poll.

Clemson is No. 1 for the fourth straight week, and Alabama is No. 2. The Tigers received 53 first-place votes, and the Crimson Tide got the other eight from the media panel.

The Sooners jumped two spots after winning the Big 12 title with a 58-23 victory at Oklahoma State on Saturday night.

Three Big Ten teams followed -- Iowa at No. 4, Michigan State No. 5 and Ohio State No. 6. It's the first time the conference has had three of the top six teams in the rankings since the final regular-season poll of the 2006 season

Stanford moved up six spots to No. 7 after beating Notre Dame with a last-second field goal, and the Fighting Irish dropped from fourth to ninth.

The Sooners have their best AP ranking since the 2011 season, but this one is far more satisfying for the Sooners.

In 2011, Oklahoma was preseason No. 1 and steadily slipped as the season went along. The Sooners were No. 3 in October, dropped as far as No. 19 in the poll after the conclusion of the regular season and finished 16th.

This season, Oklahoma started 19th, moved up a bit before losing to Texas in October and slipping back to 19th, and it has steadily climbed since.