With both Baylor and TCU falling in the latest College Football Playoff Poll both will need help from opposing schools to strengthen their bodies of work to impress the committee. With much of the SEC taking breaks this weekend from conference matchups one game to watch that could have playoff implications is the West Virginia vs Kansas St game Thursday night.
While WVU is out of contention for the playoff Kansas St still has an outside chance. Even though TCU has beaten both WVU and Kansas St this season TCU was able to beat the Mountaineers in Morgantown, a win the committee has considered a resume builder this season. If WVU were able to beat the Wildcats Thursday night it would essentially strengthen the Horned Frogs case for a playoff spot solidifying the difficulty of winning in Morgantown. Right now TCU needs all the help they can get as their remaining schedule is less than stellar and even though they have continued to win they are losing ground in the poll.
Baylor, on the other hand lost to the Mountaineers in Morgantown. And even though another WVU loss could hurt their strength of schedule it could potentially set up a huge game December 6th when a 10-1 Kansas St team visits Waco. With Baylor beating TCU this season the Bears could add one more huge win to their resume at the end of the season.
With confusion as to exactly how the committee is determining playoff worthy teams a late top 10 victory could be what Baylor needs to get the nod. However, that is only possible with a Kansas St victory Thursday night.
Long story short, Baylor needs Kansas St to win Thursday night to ensure a potential top 10 battle between Kansas St and Baylor while TCU needs to strengthen its resume. Big 12 commissioner Bowlsby has already contended that even though the conference motto is “One True Champion” he would make both Baylor and TCU co-champions if they both finish the season 11-1. It should be noted that as of the publication of this article WVU is a 2 point favorite over the Horned Frogs.
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