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No. 2 Oklahoma now has to win Big 12 title to get to playoff

Oklahoma could already be playoff bound, except Heisman Trophy front-runner Baker Mayfield and the No. 2 Sooners have to play in the revived Big 12 championship game — and beat No. 10 TCU for the second time in four weeks.

For a league left out of the College Football Playoff twice in the first three years of the system, the timing of its title game return could be less than ideal.

"We've known it for a while, and we're excited to play," Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley said. "If they all of a sudden sprung this on us here at the end, you probably wouldn't be real happy about it. It's another chance for us to go play. It's a great thing, I think, for our league to...