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Big 12 Rises In Second CFB Playoff Poll

Looking at the second College Football Playoff Rankings, and what it means for the Big 12.

College Football Playoff Trophy - CFB Playoff

Lost in the madness of the Presidential election last night, a brand new College Football Playoff rankings were released, and it was good news for a few Big 12 schools.

Oklahoma ascended three spots from 14th to 11th, while Oklahoma State jumped five spots from 18th to 13th. West Virginia also went on the move from 20th to 16th.

However, it wasn’t good news for everyone. Last week Baylor was 17th, but after getting dismantled by unranked TCU, the Bears are nowhere to be found on this week’s rankings.

The Big 12’s Playoff Chances

Pros

The Big 12 needs to make up ground in order to challenge for the fourth playoff spot, so it is good to see all three Big 12 contenders move up 3-5 spots.

It also means there is still a quality win left on all three’s schedule, since the OU-WVU and OSU-OU games are still to play.

Oklahoma and Oklahoma State sandwich Colorado, the next Pac-12 team ranked, and West Virginia is right behind Utah. If the Huskies stumble, the Big 12 could be in good position to jump the Pac-12.

Cons

It’s concerning for the conference that Wisconsin, Texas A&M, and Penn State still sit ahead of Oklahoma. The committee seems to be setting the stage in order to have two teams from the same conference make the playoff. Of course, that would leave the Big 12 out in the cold.

Ohio State at five is a big roadblock for the conference, especially for the Sooners. If Oklahoma emerges as the Big 12’s champion, they might need the Buckeyes to lose twice more to jump them.

The Mountaineers are straight being disrespected. There are three one-loss Power Five teams: Ohio State, Louisville and West Virginia. The Buckeyes and the Cardinals are 5th and 6th, respectively, and sit only behind the remaining Power Five unbeatens, while WVU is 16th and sits behind 9 two-loss teams.

Outlook

The Big 12 needs help in order to make the Playoff. That hasn’t changed from last week, especially as Washington has now locked up the number four spot.

It certainly isn’t a favorable position for the conference, but if Washington loses, the Pac-12 is going to be in the exact same position.

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