Baker Mayfield and No. 2 Oklahoma were happy to have another game, even with the potential consequences. The Sooners definitely left no question about whether they will be in the playoff.
Heisman Trophy front-runner Mayfield completed 15 of 23 pass attempts for 243 yards and four touchdowns to claim MVP honors as the Sooners staked their playoff spot with a 41-17 win over No. 10 TCU in the Big 12 championship Saturday in Arlington, Texas.
‘‘The reason I came back was to play for a national title,’’ Mayfield said. ‘‘The most exciting thing about today is we control our destiny . . . That’s all out in front of us.’’
With their record 11th Big 12 title, the Sooners (12-1, No. 3 CFP) are a lock to be in the College Football Playoff for the second time in three seasons. They are the only Big 12 team to make the four-team playoff format that started in 2014.
The Sooners probably would have made the playoffs even if the Big 12 hadn’t played its first championship game since 2010. But a loss would have likely knocked the Sooners out of contention.
‘‘I’m really proud of our group for not listening to all the noise on the outside and we’ve played pretty good ball here at the end,’’ Sooners coach Lincoln Riley said. ‘‘We knew there was going to be a championship game and that was just going to be part of our journey if we wanted to get to this place.’’
Georgia 28, Auburn 7 — D’Andre Swift ran for a 64-yard TD with 10:34 left in the game that punctuated the Bulldogs’ victory over the No. 2 Tigers (10-3) in the Southeastern Conference championship at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
In sealing a berth in the College Football Playoff, Georgia (12-1) avenged its only regular-season loss, an ugly 40-17 defeat at Auburn, that knocked the then-No. 1 Bulldogs from the top of the polls.
Central Florida 62, Memphis 55 (2 OT) — In Orlando, Otis Anderson scored on a 1-yard run on the first possession of the second overtime and Central Florida (12-0) — playing its last game under coach Scott Frost, who was later hired as Nebraska’s head coach — beat Memphis for its third American Athletic Conference crown in five years.
The top two scoring teams in the country combined for 117 points and 1,479 yards. It was tied at 48 at the end of regulation.
New Hampshire 21, Central Arkansas 15 — The Wildcats struck for a decisive score with 7:19 left in the game on Malik Love’s diving 9-yard scoring catch from Christian Lupoli, who completed his first career TD pass. The upset victory over the fourth-seeded Bears in Conway, Ark., enabled UNH (8-4) to advance to the semifinals of the FCS playoffs.
Florida Int’l 63, UMass 45 — Andrew Ford completed 30 of 44 passes for 349 yards and threw four TDs to four different receivers — Marquis Young (who also had 125 rushing yards), Adam Breneman, Brennon Dingle, and Andy Isabella — but it wasn’t enough for the Minutemen (4-8) to overcome the host Panthers (8-4) at Riccardo Silva Stadium in Miami.
Indiana (Pa.) 27, Assumption 22 — Duane Brown rushed 13 times for 59 yards and a pair of TDs, including a 1-yard plunge for the go-ahead score with 1:09 remaining in the game to help host Indiana, Pa., (13-0) defeat Assumption (11-2) in the NCAA Div. 2 quarterfinals.
Kentucky 79, Harvard 70 — Kevin Knox had 20 points and Hamidou Diallo added 19 as the host No. 7 Wildcats (7-1) went on a 13-0 run midway through the second half to hold off the Crimson (3-6), who hit 12 3-pointers.Sophomore forward Seth Towns led Harvard with 25 points, hitting six 3-pointers (8-for-14 overall).
South Carolina 76, UMass 70 — The Minutemen (3-5) were led by Luwane Pipkins (25 points) and pulled within 2 with 19.4 seconds remaining on a 3-pointer by Carl Pierre (12 points), but Hassani Gravett (14 points) made four straight free throws to seal it for the Gamecocks (6-2).
Northeastern 84, Cornell 66 — Donnell Gresham Jr. set career highs with 22 points and four steals to go with nine rebounds as the host Huskies (4-4) notched back-to-back wins following a four-game skid.
BC 73, Hartford 61 — Jerome Robinson scored 23 points and Ky Bowman added 21 to lead the Eagles (6-3) to a victory in West Hartford, Conn.
Jordan Chatman returned from a shoulder injury and finished with 12 points.
Rhode Island 75, Providence 68 — Freshman Fatts Russell scored 20 points off the bench to lead the host Rams (5-2) to a victory over their in-state rival Friars (6-2) as Jarvis Garrett added 15 points and Andre Berry had 12.
BC 4, BU 2 — Daryl Watts had two goals and an assist and Makenna Newkirk tallied the game-winner in the third period as the No. 2 Eagles (13-1-3, 7-0-3 Hockey East) defeated the host Terriers to become the first team in league history to win 200 conference games.
Williams 1, Chicago 0 — Natasha Albaneze’s strike in the 56th minute proved the difference for the Ephs (22-1-1), who captured their second NCAA Division 3 championship in three years after not allowing a postseason goal.