Is that speculation or is this something that has been reported?
Their reign of being ranked as the higher basketball team last one week.
At this point in the season, you are what you are. It is a play in game a lot of times and is a quarterfinal. Fair or not in the actual ranking, the Committee over the years seems to recognize that and seems to have a preconceived notion of a team prior to CCG week.
Assuming LSU wins, this year will be an excellent case study to see how it evaluates Utah and Oklahoma in the final game, assuming they win their game.