20. Texas Teams Held Out of College Football Playoff
In an effort to replace the subjective rankings generated by a computer to determine what college football teams play for the National Championship, the NCAA rolled out the College Football Playoff system this year. The difference? The subjective rankings are generated by a 12-member selection committee. What could go wrong? This year, No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Oregon, No. 3 Florida State, and No. 4 Ohio State made the playoffs, leaving TCU and Baylor on the outside looking in. Players from TCU and Baylor took to Twitter shortly after the announcement to voice their displeasure, with some writing that those 11-1 schools were left out because they’re not big name or big money institutions. Both compete in the Big 12, which doesn’t have a conference championship game like most other major conferences, and a not having a title game ultimately cost one of the two schools (they finished as conference co-champs) a playoff spot. “It’s clear that we were penalized for not having a postseason championship game,” Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said. “It would have been nice to have been told that ahead of time because we made the impression that we had a different model, but it wasn’t one that was going to penalize us, and I think it’s clear that it did.” The Big 12 will lose millions for not having a team in the Final Four.
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