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Kyler Murray, Will Grier to duel for Big 12 Championship Game berth

Nov 10, 2018; Norman, OK, USA; Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Kyler Murray (1) throws during the first quarter against the Oklahoma State Cowboys at Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

A game that had Big 12 title aspirations and Heisman Trophy talk before the season even kicked off has finally arrived. Except, entering the Oklahoma-West Virginia game at this point of the season, we're talking Kyler Murray for the Heisman and not Will Grier.

Don't fool yourself though, Grier has had an incredible season for the Mountaineers and has the team sitting just a win away from the Big 12 Championship game. The only thing sitting in their way of a matchup against Texas is the nation's highest-graded quarterback in Kyler Murray and the Oklahoma Sooners who are hoping to return to the College Football Playoff this season.

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The keys to the matchup between Oklahoma and West Virginia:

– Murray is the nation's highest-graded quarterback while Grier is currently third

– Murray also possesses the nation's highest rushing grade from the quarterback position (89.8)

– Murray's 1,127 deep passing yards are third in the country while Grier's 1,044 are sixth

– Oklahoma's coverage grade as a team (75.0) ranks 11th-lowest among 62 Power-5 teams


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