Alex Scarborough of ESPN says that the Big 12 will miss the playoff, but the conference will likely have five teams in the top 25 at the end of the year.
The word “parity” wasn’t used, though, the word “deep” was.
Parity is a bad concept, you don’t want to have a bunch of mediocre teams. The use of the word “deep” is a compliment, it implies that the conference doesn’t have a bunch of teams that are functionally the same on a nebulous scale, the implication is that a lot of the teams are very good.
It’s very possible that this exact scenario happens. Unless some drastic upsets start happening, there’s no way a two-loss team can get into the playoff, and TCU is the only undefeated program remaining in the conference. There are three one loss teams though, and two of those one loss teams were in the top 10 at one point. The two loss teams, Kansas State, Texas, Iowa State, and West Virginia are no pushovers either.
It’s a plausible scenario, especially with a lot of football left to play. There’s no telling what will happen in the back half of conference scheduling, especially with Bedlam and the Red River Showdown left to play.
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