Championship Saturday: Oklahoma, Ohio State make CFP case

FILE - In this Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, file photo, Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr. (7) runs with the ball against Maryland defensive back Antwaine Richardson (20) and defensive lineman Oluwaseun Oluwatimi (52) during the first half of an NCAA football game in College Park, Md. Ohio Stat coach Urban Meyer, says Haskins wasn’t a fully legitimate leader until he showed he was willing to run the ball two weeks ago in the narrow overtime win over Maryland.(AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer
Before the College Football Playoff field is set, there is one last chance to make a case to the selection committee.
No. 5 Oklahoma and No. 6 Ohio State both need to win Saturday — and they should both be rooting for Alabama.
The Sooners enter Championship Saturday with a chance to make the playoff for a second straight season. Oklahoma faces archrival Texas for the Big 12 title in the first of four Power Five championship games that will decide the four-team playoff field that will be revealed Sunday.
Ohio State plays Northwestern in the Big Ten championship. No. 1 Alabama faces No. 4 Georgia for the SEC title and a win by the Crimson Tide could open the door for the Sooners or Buckeyes. No. 2 Clemson is heavily favored against Pittsburgh in the ACC championship game.
In all, there are nine championship games on Saturday: Besides the SEC, ACC, Big Ten and Big 12 games, titles will be settled in the Sun Belt (Louisiana-Lafayette at Appalachian State), Conference USA (UAB at Middle Tennessee), American Athletic (Memphis at UCF), the SWAC (Southern at Alcorn State) and the Mountain West (Fresno State at Boise State).
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