After being absent for the past six seasons, the Big 12 Championship game has been reintroduced and will take place on Saturday afternoon.
As expected and desired, College Football Playoff implications will be at stake, as a second win over No. 11 TCU in as many tries this season essentially locks No. 3 Oklahoma’s fate as a playoff-bound program.
Eight other Big 12 teams aspired to be battling for the same conference crown that one of Oklahoma and TCU will walk away with in the coming days. While each of the Sooners are Horned Frogs in-conference competition may not be pulling for one side or the other, but the same shouldn’t be said for national powers elsewhere.
Currently positioned well within the College Football Playoff picture, an Oklahoma loss to TCU would signal good news or one perennial playoff member, while a bit less for another, as detailed by ESPN’s Heather Dinich.
“Alabama should be rooting for TCU, which is the Tide’s best-case scenario for getting back into the top four,” Dinich said. “While it would also help Ohio State to have another top-four team go down, don’t forget the Buckeyes lost at home to Oklahoma and the committee compares common opponents. It might be more beneficial for Ohio State to be able to claim at least one of its losses came to the eventual Big 12 champ.”
During their Week 11 meeting, the Sooners cruised to a 38-20 home victory over the Horned Frogs, which is why TCU isn’t fighting for the same playoff positioning as TCU on Saturday.
This time around, Oklahoma is favored once again, owning a projected win probability of 59.8 percent, per ESPN’s FPI. If that projection proves true, it should be good news for Ohio State, but not so much for Alabama.
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