With Clemson and Washington St getting beat less than 24 hours ago the college football playoff picture is wide open for many teams. By the end of today the Big 12 could possibly have two serious playoff contenders. They may also be on the outside looking in without a realistic chance of landing any teams in the final four this year.
TCU at Kansas St
The Horned Frogs should be win this game. They are the better team. That doesn’t always mean they are going to win though. Manhattan, Kansas isn’t the easiest place to play. Kansas St is a solid team that can play with anyone on any given day. Bill Snyder is still a very good football coach and can still pull of an upset.
If Gary Patterson and Kenny Hill want to prove they are legit and a serious contender this year they must win this game. If they lose to Kansas St on the road they can still win the Big 12 Championship this year but they can for all intents and purposes kiss their dreams of making it to the playoffs goodbye.
Texas vs OU
Just like TCU this is a game that OU should win. They are the better team on paper with superior talent. It’s a rivalry game though and all bets are off. Baker Mayfield and the Sooner offense are going to have to bring their A-game against this Texas defense.
Deshone Elliot is one hell of playmaker at Safety. Malik Washington is turning into a serious playmaker and becoming and anchor in the middle of this hard-hitting Longhorn defense. If they play the same way they did in Los Angeles against USC last month OU could be in big trouble. Combine that with the continued emergence of Freshman Sam Ehlinger at quarterback and this is going to be far from an easy game for the Sooners to walk out alive.
So, what’s going to happen?
At the end of the day the Big 12 is only going to have one legitimate playoff contender left. That’s going to be the Horned Frogs of TCU. TCU will go into Manhattan, Kansas and defeat Bill Snyder and Kansas St. Tom Herman and the Texas Longhorns are going to put a halt to any plans of the playoffs for Baker Mayfield and the Sooners.
The problem that creates is it’s going to make it harder for TCU to get the votes to get in the Top 4 should they finish the season undefeated. I’m afraid this is going to be a season where the BIG 12 may wind up on the outside looking in January watching teams from other conferences compete for the college football national championship.