Week 7 college football rankings are going to be quite interesting after No. 3 Oklahoma just got upset. The Big 12 school was considered a strong contender to make it to the college football playoff this year, but Iowa State may have just placed a huge dent in that goal. The Oklahoma Sooners are about to take a fall in the upcoming college football rankings, giving other schools a shot to move inside of the top 10.

The immediate beneficiary of the Oklahoma loss to Iowa State will be the Penn State Nittany Lions. Penn State was ranked No. 4 in the nation but just moved to 6-0 with a 31-7 victory over Northwestern.

While the victory alone isn’t that impressive, staying undefeated the same weekend that a team ahead of them lost is the most important fact. No. 5 Georgia also beat Vanderbilt 45-14 on Saturday (Oct. 7), suggesting a move up.

How far will Oklahoma fall in the Week 7 polls?

There are a number of later games on Saturday that could push teams ahead of Oklahoma or soften the drop for the Sooners depending on how they turn out. No. 7 Michigan hosts a really tough Michigan State team, No. 9 Wisconsin is on the road against Nebraska, and No. 11 Washington State plays the Oregon Ducks. If Michigan, Wisconsin, and WSU all win, they should move against of Oklahoma. Losses will keep them behind the Sooner in the Week 7 college football rankings.

The Oklahoma loss leaves TCU as the lone undefeated team in the Big 12 standings. TCU is currently ranked No. 8 and will benefit from this game result. Oklahoma and TCU will meet up on November 11 in a game that had been predicted as one where two undefeated schools could be meeting up late in the season. Now it may be Oklahoma’s last shot to get recognized in the College Football Playoff rankings.

What does the season hold for Oklahoma and Iowa State?

The Oklahoma Sooners are now 4-1 and have to regroup for a game against Texas next week. Losing a home game against Iowa State could be tough for the players and the fans, but the team needs to gain some momentum for a difficult November. In the final month of the regular season, Oklahoma has to play Oklahoma State, TCU, Kansas, and West Virginia.

They have all become must-win games to get a big bowl game invite.

Iowa State is now playing with house money at 3-2 on the season. Three more wins will get the school bowl eligible and they will look to build off this 38-31 win over Oklahoma. The next two opponents are Kansas and Texas Tech, which might be must-win games to get a bowl game, as then they have to play TCU, West Virginia, and Oklahoma State in successive weeks. Iowa State ends the season with games against Baylor and Kansas State.

Where the Week 6 college football rankings rewarded the Oklahoma Sooners for good early-season play, the Week 7 rankings might just hold a stiff punishment for the school.