The Big 12 Conference hasn’t had the easiest luck with the College Football Playoff since its implementation for the 2014 season. Just ask TCU and Baylor about that.
The conference has only had one appearance in college football’s final four. Oklahoma earned a bid to the 2015 edition of the playoff, but lost to No. 1 Clemson in the semifinals.
The Sooners are now back in the playoff this New Year’s Day after capturing their third consecutive Big 12 title. And the upcoming date with Georgia in the Rose Bowl could provide just the breakthrough moment the conference needs.
Entering this year’s rendezvous between the nation’s top-4 teams, the Big 12 remains the lone Power-5 Conference without a win in the College Football Playoff — and consequently, an appearance in the national title game in the playoff era.
Herer is how the Big 12 stacks up with the other Power-5 conferences in playoff game success:
- Big 12: 0-1
- Pac 12: 1-2
- Big Ten: 2-2
- SEC: 3-2
- ACC: 3-2
Notably, the Big 12 is also the only conference with just one appearance in the three-year history of the event.
The Sooners will likely have all the tools needed to finally give the conference a win on college football’s biggest stage. Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield became the sixth player in program history to win the Heisman Trophy on Saturday, Dec. 9.
The Rose Bowl game will take place on Jan. 1, 2018 in Pasadena, Calif. The game will kick-off at 2:10 p.m. PT and will air on ESPN.
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