The Big 12 has a trio of teams fighting for a spot in the College Football Playoff. Some pundits don’t see the conference getting any in.
CBS Sports’ Jerry Palm released his latest bowl projections Monday. Although he has TCU, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State occupying three New Year’s Six games, none of them made it into Palm’s College Football Playoff field.
He has TCU facing South Florida in the Peach Bowl, Oklahoma State against Wisconsin in the Fiesta Bowl and Oklahoma-USC in the Cotton Bowl. Palm’s four playoff teams are Alabama, Ohio State, Penn State and Clemson, in that order.
The Sooners, notably, beat Ohio State on the road, 31-16, in September. Ohio State and Penn State also play each other Saturday in Columbus, Ohio. Should the Nittany Lions win, the Buckeyes would have two losses, likely eliminating from making the College Football Playoff.
Palm’s projections of not having the Big 12 trio in the Playoff suggests he believes the teams will beat other the remainder of the way. Oklahoma still has to play both Oklahoma State and TCU, while the Horned Frogs defeated the Cowboys, 44-31, last month in Stillwater, Okla. Given the remaining games, plus the possibility of a rematch in the conference title game, each Big 12 team could end up with two losses.
That would keep the conference out of the Playoff for the third time in four years. At that point, having three teams in the New Year’s Six would be somewhat of a consolation prize.
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