The Baylor Bears and the TCU Horned Frogs shared the Big 12 title this year, but both missed out on the College Football Playoff. Baylor finished No. 5 in the selection committee's rankings and were passed over by Ohio State for the fourth and final playoff spot.
The Buckeyes validated their involvement in the playoff by winning the whole thing and becoming national champs, but Baylor coach Art Briles revealed just how close the Bears came to taking Ohio State's place:
During availability, Art Briles said Baylor was short of fourth playoff spot on 8-4 selection committee vote. Declines to reveal source.
— Chuck Carlton (@ChuckCarltonDMN) January 21, 2015
If Briles' source is right, that means the Bears were just three votes away from getting in the inaugural playoff, and eventual champion Ohio State was just three votes from getting left out.
Since then, there's been a lot of talk about the Big 12 potentially expanding to add a conference championship game, or the College Football Playoff being expanded to six or eight teams.Back to the Baylor Bears Newsfeed