Blair Kerkhoff

Big 12’s Bob Bowlsby says he’d have picked TCU for Playoff

Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby (right) presented Baylor head coach Art Briles (center) with the conference trophy after their 38-27 win over Kansas State on Saturday in Waco, Texas.
Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby (right) presented Baylor head coach Art Briles (center) with the conference trophy after their 38-27 win over Kansas State on Saturday in Waco, Texas. The Associated Press

Bob Bowlsby, who was chairman of the Division I men’s basketball committee, was thinking like a selection-committee member when asked whom he would have voted into the College Football Playoff.

“TCU,” he said on the Dan Patrick Show on Monday.

Perfectly logical, from a committee point of view. The Horned Frogs were third in the previous week’s poll, walloped Iowa State 55-3, so why drop them?

From a Big 12 commissioner’s view, however…

Bowlsby is bound to hear it from Baylor fans. Again.

On Saturday as he presented the Big 12 trophy to the Bears, he got an earful from coach Art Briles and the Baylor fans because the conference wouldn’t support the Bears as the conference representative for the postseason, a designation the school believes might have helped Baylor’s cause with the College Football Committee selection.

Baylor and TCU were designated co-champions under the league bylaws, although the Bears defeated the Frogs during the season.

“The only reason I say TCU is the (Horned Frogs) were in a better position to stay in (the top four),” Bowlsby said. “The committee got it right in having Baylor five and TCU sixth.

“It probably would have been TCU because they were in a better position to be in, and with Ohio State’s win it would have been difficult for Baylor to jump over (the Buckeyes). It isn’t just a TCU-Baylor comparison.”

That’s not going to soothe Baylor fans.

Next time, Bowlsby might want to play the “I don’t answer hypotheticals” card.

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