No one was more unhappy with the inaugural College Football Playoff than Art Briles. The 59-year-old coach's team got left out of the four-team field after an 11-1 regular season that included a Big 12 championship and three victories against teams ranked in the top 15.
So why'd the Bears fail to make the playoff? Their non-conference schedule, which was by far the weakest of any of the contenders. Baylor played 1-11 SMU, FCS Northwestern State and 5-6 Buffalo. That's a dreadful slate and it probably cost Briles' team a chance at playing for a national championship.
Briles doesn't believe it did, though. Tuesday morning, the Baylor coach said his team's non-conference schedule had "zero effect" on the Bears missing out on the first CFB Playoff.
">April 21, 2015
There's not much more you can say about that quote other than that it is wrong. Very, very wrong.