In five editions of the College Football Playoff, the Big 12 has been represented only three times – all by Oklahoma. But in 2017, the SEC famously had two representatives in the CFP, which is the first and so far only time that’s happened.
With that door opened up, FOX college football analyst Joel Klatt believes that door is open for the Big 12 to replicate that feat.
In a feature shared on Friday, Klatt made the case for letting two Big 12 teams into the CFP. He explained that the Big 12 has been doing very well against non-conference opponents this year, which reflects well on the top teams.
Klatt offered a scenario in which 2-1 Texas loses the Red River Showdown to Oklahoma before beating them in the Big 12 Championship Game. He said in that scenario, it wouldn’t be impossible for a one-loss Oklahoma and a two-loss Texas to get in if there’s chaos in the SEC.
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It’s an interesting case to be made for sure. But despite the logic behind the argument, it requires an awful lot of things to go right for the Big 12 Conference.
For starters, in Klatt’s scenario, the CFP Committee would be giving a two-loss team a spot. It’s hard to imagine that happening unless there’s all kinds of chaos in college football.
His scenario also requires the committee to view the Big 12 as the top conference in the country, and be willing to let in two teams that have played each other twice already.
Maybe all of that will come to pass, but it doesn’t seem likely.