Georgia probably thought it was done competing with former Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts, but the Bulldogs will have to edge the signal caller one more time to make the College Football Playoff.
Hurts led No. 6 Oklahoma to a 30-23 overtime victory against No. 7 Baylor in the Big 12 Championship Game on Saturday.
With the victory, the Sooners are still alive for the final playoff spot in the College Football Playoff. With how the championship games are unfolding through 4 pm ET, it will either be Oklahoma or Georgia claiming the fourth spot.
Heading into Friday night, No. 5 Utah had the inside track to the fourth spot should Georgia lose against No. 2 LSU on Saturday, but the Utes fell to No. 13 Oregon, 37-15, in the Pac-12 Championship. The Ducks already have two losses, though, so they are no longer in contention for a playoff spot despite the conference title.
Had Baylor beaten Oklahoma, then the Bears would have possessed a very interesting case to be the No. 4 seed in the playoff bracket, but their loss to the Sooners also means elimination.
Oklahoma sits at 12-1 and as Big 12 champions. Should Georgia lose Saturday, the Bulldogs won’t automatically be eliminated because they do have a stronger resume, but the Sooners will have the advantage of only one loss and a conference title.