But after a convincing home win over West Virginia the following week, and Saturday's TCU win, Tech has an opportunity to vault into the top 10 when it travels to Kansas State on Saturday.
Oklahoma was ranked seventh in both the Harris Interactive and coaches' polls, the two top 25 polls that comprise two-thirds of the BCS formula. The final BCS standings determine the No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup for January's national championship game, being played this year Jan. 7 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla.
OU's coaches' poll ranking didn't change from last week, but in the Harris Poll, the Sooners moved up two spots from No. 9.
Six averaged computer rankings also figure into the BCS formula, with each team's highest and lowest rankings disregarded. Oklahoma's average computer ranking, No. 10, stayed the same as last week's.
The Oklahoma-Notre Dame game isn't the only big matchup with BCS implications next weekend; top-ranked Alabama hosts Mississippi State, which, despite its unbeaten record, is ranked No. 11 in the BCS, behind three one-loss teams.
In another big SEC game, Florida plays against No. 10 Georgia on Saturday.
Then the next week, Alabama plays at No. 6 LSU, which is off next weekend. The Nov. 3 Alabama-LSU game is intriguing because of last season; the Tigers won 9-6 in overtime, but Alabama won the rematch 21-0 in the BCS title game.