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Episode 156 – The Big 12’s Playoff Picture

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The final week of the college football season will finally answer the question that has been left unanswered for about a month now; Baylor or TCU?

Both teams are in position to clinch at least a share of the Big 12 championship this week. Baylor defeated TCU earlier this season, but it is the Horned Frogs who look to be in a promising situation in the College Football Playoff. TCU moved up to third in the latest College Football Playoff rankings this week, passing undefeated Florida State in the process of adding to the buffer between them and Ohio State and Baylor. Simply put, the playoff selection committee has a much stronger appreciation for TCU’s overall body of work than it does Baylor’s.

I am torn on this subject. I buy into the concept that the better team does not always win. I believe TCU is the better overall team compared to Baylor. But I also think the importance of the regular season has to count for something in order for the playoff model to be a success. This is why I say if TCU and Baylor end the year with identical 11-1 records and only one team may be chosen to represent the Big 12 in the playoff field, it should be Baylor based on the strength of a head-to-head victory. Even with a good win against Kansas State, Baylor may need some help, or a wild weekend of college football.

However, I am not on the selection committee and I believe we have seen the committee make it loud and clear they like TCU more than Baylor. Is there anything Baylor can do this weekend to change enough opinions in the selection committee’s meeting room? I do not know if that is possible without a blowout of Kansas State, and I don’t think Kansas State will be blown out.

Allen Kenney of Blatant Homerism checked in for this episode of the podcast to talk about the Big 12 championship and playoff picture. We also touch on Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas and the overall strength of the Big 12 this season. Could we really see two teams from the Big 12 in the playoff? Did we get carried away with Oklahoma off that Sugar Bowl blowout of Alabama? Can Charlie Strong find his Teddy Bridgewater at Texas? Allen is a featured contributor over at The Student Section and you can follow him on Twitter @BlatantHomerism.

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Kevin McGuire
Contributor to College Football Talk on NBCSports.com. Also a contributor to Athlon Sports and The Comeback. Member of Football Writers Association of America and National Football Foundation. Follow on Twitter @KevinOnCFB.