ARLINGTON, Texas – No. 6 Oklahoma has done all it can, winning a fifth Big 12 title in a row with another close victory over No. 7 Baylor.
Now the Sooners wait to see if they are going to get in back in the College Football Playoff. That is up to the selection committee.
"I hope they see the Big 12 champions. They've got a job to do, I get that," coach Lincoln Riley said after Oklahoma's 30-23 overtime victory Saturday.
"We've had a job to do as a team, which was continuing to improve through the year, trust the things that we could and ultimately win the Big 12 championship," he said. "We've done that."
The two teams ranked directly ahead of the Sooners, No. 4 Georgia and No. 5 Utah, both lost this weekend.
Rhamondre Stevenson had a 5-yard touchdown run in overtime, and then true freshman Jacob Zeno — whose two long passes in the fourth quarter helped tie the game — was under constant pressure when the Bears got their last chance.
Jalen Hurts was 17-for-24 for 278 yards, and CeeDee Lamb had eight catches for 173 yards for Oklahoma (12-1), the first team in any league to win 10 conference championship games. It was the 13th Big 12 title overall for the Sooners, who went to the playoff three of the past four seasons.
It was the second time in four games that Oklahoma beat the Bears (11-2), who in coach Matt Rhule's debut season two years ago lost 11 games with a depleted roster in the aftermath of a scandal that led to the firing of two-time Big 12 champion coach Art Briles.
Rhule said he believes Oklahoma should be in the playoff no matter what else happens.
As for his players, Rhule told them, "Feel that pain of watching those guys pull that stuff out and celebrate, and let that drive you in the offseason. But at the same time, also understand what we've done."