Oklahoma wins Big 12 to make playoff case

By The Associated Press

Kyler Murray and No. 5 Oklahoma made their final case for selection into the College Football Playoff with a 39-27 victory against No. 9 Texas in the Big 12 title game.

The Sooners rallied from a first-half deficit and their beleaguered defense played its best game in weeks. The Sooners got a safety in the fourth quarter that swung the game in their favor.

Oklahoma entered championship Saturday fifth in the CFP rankings, poised to possibly move into the fourth and final playoff spot with a victory and Georgia loss to No. 1 Alabama in the SEC championship game. How the Bulldogs-Crimson Tide goes will play a huge part in putting the playoff puzzle together for the selection committee. Georgia-Alabama was about to kick off in the one conference title game where both teams had playoff hopes.

Ohio State also had to be scoreboard watching the Big 12. The Buckeyes were sixth in the playoff rankings, going into their Big Ten title game against Northwestern.

Murray, in his last chance to impress Heisman Trophy voters, threw for 379 yards and three touchdowns.

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