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at­lanta» Alabama showed off all its weapons in the South­east­ern Con­fer­ence cham­pi­onship game.

Now, the Crim­son Tide can ex­pect a re­turn trip to At­lanta for the Col­lege Foot­ball Play­off.

The na­tion’s No. 1 team scored off a blocked punt and an in­ter­cep­tion re­turn Satur­day be­fore wear­ing down No. 15 Florida (8-4, No. 15 CFP) in the sec­ond half with a dom­i­nant run­ning game. The re­sult was a 54-16 rout that po­si­tioned Alabama (13-0, No. 1 CFP) to go for its sec­ond straight na­tional ti­tle and its fifth crown in the last nine years un­der Tide coach Nick Sa­ban.

Next up: a likely semifinal game at the Ge­or­gia Dome on Dec. 31.

“You don’t al­ways get what you want in life, but you mostly get what you de­serve,” said Sa­ban, who al­ready has five na­tional ti­tles over­all and is one away from ty­ing Bear Bryant for the most by any coach in his­tory. “These guys have done a fan­tas­tic job all year long to win 13 games and the SEC.”

Baker May­field passed for 288 yards and three touch­downs and No. 7 Ok­la­homa (10-2, 9-0, No. 9 Col­lege Foot­ball Play­off ) de­feated No. 11 Ok­la­homa State (9-3, 7-2, No. 10 CFP) 38-20 in a matchup that de­cided the con­fer­ence cham­pion and likely guar­an­teed the Soon­ers a trip to the Su­gar Bowl in New Or­leans.

The Heis­man Tro­phy can­di­date per­formed well through­out, de­spite fin­ish­ing the game with­out top re­ceiver Dede West­brook, a Bilet­nikoff Award fi­nal­ist. West­brook caught four passes for 111 yards be­fore be­ing knocked out of the game on a crush­ing hit by Ok­la­homa State safety Jor­dan Sterns.

• Skyler Howard threw two touch­down passes and ran for another score, and Jus­trin Craw­ford rushed for 209 yards as No. 14 West Vir­ginia (10-2, 7-2, No. 16 CFP) held on for a 24-21 vic­tory over Bay­lor (6-6, 3-6). The Moun­taineers won 10 games in the reg­u­lar sea­son for the first time since 2007.

Af­ter the game, West Vir­ginia ath­letic direc­tor Shane Lyons an­nounced in a state­ment that coach Dana Hol­gorsen was given a five-year con­tract ex­ten­sion to 2021 worth $18.6 mil­lion plus in­cen­tives.

An­thony Wales rushed for 209 yards and four touch­downs and Mike White threw for 421 yards and three more scores as Western Ken­tucky (10-3) de­feated Louisiana Tech (8-5) to win the con­fer­ence cham­pi­onship, rolling 58-44.

Phillip Walker threw two touch­down passes, Tem­ple’s de­fense stuffed Navy’s run­ning game and the Owls (10-3) claimed their first AAC ti­tle with a 34-10 vic­tory. No. 20 Navy (9-3, No. 19 CFP) lost stand­out quar­ter­back Will Worth to a sec­ond-quar­ter an­kle in­jury.

Univer­sity of Texas re­gents ap­proved a five-year con­tract worth at least $25 mil­lion for new foot­ball coach Tom Her­man. The con­tract calls for an an­nual salary of $5.25 mil­lion the first year and up to $6.25 mil­lion in the fi­nal year. Her­man was hired away from Hous­ton to re­place Char­lie Strong, who was fired af­ter three sea­sons. Re­sults

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