Oklahoma 62, Oklahoma State 52: What It Means For The College Football Playoff
It was one of the wildest Bedlam games ever, and now Oklahoma is in the Big 12 drivers seat. What does it all mean for the College Football Playoff race?
Final Score: Oklahoma 62, Oklahoma State 52
Prediction: Oklahoma State 44, Oklahoma 41
Line: Oklahoma State -2.5, o/u: 76
Well, that was interesting.
It was everything amazing about the Big 12.
785 yards of total Oklahoma offense. 661 yards of total Oklahoma State offense. Wild plays, lots of controversy, amazing performances from all sides, and the high-scoring Oklahoma-Oklahoma State game ever.
It was an elimination game in the Big 12 and College Football Playoff races, and now Oklahoma State has been knocked out. Survive and advance, Oklahoma – that’s all that matters on one of the wildest days of the year.
Baker Mayfield didn’t win the Heisman, but with Saquon Barkley, Bryce Love, Josh Adams and J.T. Barrett all knocked out or seeing their candidacies take a severe hit, it’s No. 6’s for the taking.
There was a really, really, really bad late pick, but 24-of-36, 598 yards and five touchdowns with a rushing score – and a win. He’s the front-runner now.
That Mason Rudolph guy wasn’t bad. 28-of-54 passes for 448 yards and five touchdowns and two picks – and a loss. It’s not fair, but in a game like this, his brilliant performance will be lost. As will Justice Hill’s 30-carry, 228-yard, two score day.
This might not have been it, though. The Oklahoma-TCU winner will almost certainly be in the Big 12 Championship. If Oklahoma State wins out against at Iowa State, Kansas State and Kansas, it needs the Sooner-Horned Frog loser to lose once more. That might be tough, but the Cowboys have to keep winning.
What Does It All Mean For The College Football Playoff Race?
Not much for the immediate moment, but it’s obviously a bit step for Oklahoma in the long haul.
The top four should stay the same – Georgia, Alabama, Notre Dame and Clemson – but Oklahoma is further cementing its spot to be right there on the doorstep if and when one of the top four falters.
The Ohio State loss to Iowa takes a little bit of the luster away from the Oklahoma win in Columbus, but not a whole lot. Now it’s down to OU vs. TCU to all but cement a spot in the Big 12 Championship, and with the loser being knocked out of the CFP chase.