The Big 12 has had just one team, Oklahoma in 2015, make the College Football Playoff since the format’s inception.
As of now, Sports Illustrated doesn’t see that changing this season.
SI’s Eric Single predicts the Big 12 to miss out on the CFP once again. He foresees Alabama, Clemson, Washington and Penn State to be the last four teams standing.
Two Big 12 teams, TCU and Oklahoma, would make New Years Six bowls. The Horned Frogs are projected to play Ohio State in the Cotton Bowl — the same spot TCU was projected in last week, despite the Frogs now holding the top spot in the conference.
Oklahoma, meanwhile, is now predicted to play San Diego State in the Fiesta Bowl. Before losing to Iowa State last week, the Sooners were slotted for a playoff matchup against Clemson in the Rose Bowl.
The Oklahoma State Cowboys have a marquee matchup against USC in the Alamo Bowl in this projection. West Virginia would face a strong Kentucky team in the Liberty Bowl.
There’s still plenty of college football left to be played. But if an undefeated Big 12 team like TCU or a strong one-loss team like Oklahoma is on the outside looking in when December rolls around, the conference’s playoff drought is only going to draw more and more headlines.
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