SI: Baylor could spoil TCU’s playoff chances in 2018

In the spirit of March Madness, Sports Illustrated listed a few “bracket busters” that could shake up the College Football Playoff race in 2018.

Baylor football is one of the teams that could make a splash in 2018, according to SI’s Joan Niesen.

The game to target for a Baylor upset special comes against TCU on Nov. 17.

While Baylor only won one game last season, it lost several close games to talented competition in 2017 and coach Matt Rhule did a fantastic job with his 2018 recruiting class.

From Sports Illustrated:

… it’s not hard to see Baylor as a potential Big 12 spoiler next fall. The Bears aren’t far enough into their rebuild to contend, but they are certainly far enough along to upend the conference race, as they nearly did when Oklahoma came to Waco last September.

But why TCU?

The Horned Frogs have a few pieces to replace from their 2017 roster. The Frogs could be in prime position to contend for a College Football Playoff spot, however, if they knock off Ohio State in September.

TCU could potentially fall into a trap game with Baylor if coach Gary Patterson’s group doesn’t maintain its focus at the end of the season.

Niesen added this, via Sports Illustrated:

By the end of the season, TCU could have little wiggle room to keep its playoff hopes alive, and Baylor could be easy to overlook with Oklahoma State the next weekend and the Big 12 title game the following Saturday.

So, while Baylor might not compete for a Big 12 championship next season, Rhule’s rebuild could see a few more rewards than it did last season.

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