It’s Championship Week and the Big 12 Championship is among the many with College Football Playoff implications at stake.
On Saturday, No. 3 Oklahoma and No. 11 TCU will take the field against each other for the second time in the past month in a winner takes the Big 12 setting. While the conference title is essentially what’s at stake for TCU, as well as likely securing a New Years Six bowl bid, Oklahoma’s College Football Playoff aspirations come crashing down if it can’t fail to top TCU for the second time this season and the fourth consecutive time overall.
With the rematch of Oklahoma’s 38-20 Week 11 win now just days away, Bill Connelly released SB Nation’s conference championship picks, and has the Sooners as the slight favorite, yet again, picking Oklahoma to win 34-31.
“You know we have to mention that the third-ranked Sooners would have clinched a CFP bid early for the second time in three years if the Big 12 title game didn’t exist,” Connelly said. “You know we have to mention that the Big 12 title game killed many a national title hope. You know how stupid we think this game is.”
“If OU plays like it has for most of the last half of the year, the Sooners can overcome the stupidity and go to the Playoff all the same,” Connelly added. “But the prospect of having to beat a Gary Patterson team twice in one month is pretty terrifying, isn’t it?”
As it stands, Oklahoma currently owns a projected win probability of 59.8 percent, per ESPN’s FPI.
During its early meeting with TCU, Oklahoma cruised to an 18-point victory after exploding for a 35-7 run in the first half. This time around, Oklahoma doesn’t necessarily need to dominate TCU as it did the first time, but simply avoid a collapse in hopes of a playoff appearance.
Can the Sooners avoid falling short when they’re just one step away from the playoff?
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