Oklahoma plays Texas for Big 12 title and possible CFP spot
Big 12 Championship
No. 5 Oklahoma (11-1, 8-1, No. 5 CFP) vs. No. 9 Texas (9-3, 7-2, No. 14 CFP), at Arlington, Texas, noon EST (ABC).
Line: Oklahoma by 8.
Series record: Texas leads 62-46-5.
WHAT’S AT STAKE?
Oklahoma is going for its fourth Big 12 title in a row, and maybe its third College Football Playoff appearance. The Sooners can avenge their only loss, in the Red River rivalry game at the State Fair of Texas eight weeks ago. The Longhorns will try to win their first league championship since 2009, when they were the last Big 12 team to play for a national championship.
Sooners dual-threat QB Kyler Murray, the Big 12′s most efficient passer (306 yards per game, 37 TDs, seven interceptions) and seventh-best rusher (71 yards per game, 11 TDs), against the Texas defense. Murray had 396 total yards and five TDs in the first meeting. He also had two turnovers before a 21-point tying spurt in less than six minutes late, including his 67-yard TD run
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Texas: Sophomore QB Sam Ehlinger has 2,774 yards passing and 23 TDs, plus 11 rushing scores. His four interceptions came in the opener and regular season finale. In between, he set a Big 12 record with 308 consecutive passes without a pick.
Oklahoma: WR Marquise Brown had 11 catches for 243 yards and two TDs in the regular season finale. He’s eighth nationally with 105 yards receiving a game, and has 14 catches of at least 50 yards since the start of last season.
FACTS & FIGURES
The last five games between Texas and Oklahoma have been decided by a combined 25 points — five points a game. ... Both teams had more than 500 total yards on Oct. 6, when Texas won 48-45, the highest-scoring game in the series. ... This is first time since 1903 the Sooners and Longhorns will play twice in the same season. ... Oklahoma is 8-1 in Big 12 championship game appearances. Texas is in for the sixth time (3-2), matching former conference team Nebraska for the second-most appearances.