No. 5 Oklahoma made its case for the College Football Playoff by beating No. 9 Texas 39-27 to win the Big 12 championship.
It’s the fourth consecutive conference title for the Sooners, who finished the regular season 12-1. The victory avenged their lone loss, a 48-45 defeat to the Longhorns in October.
With No. 1 Alabama and No. 4 Georgia set to play in the SEC championship, a loss by the Bulldogs could open the door for Oklahoma, which was ranked fifth in this week’s playoff ranking.
No. 6 Ohio State will play No. 21 Northwestern later Saturday with a last chance to impress the committee.