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College Football Playoff Rankings Analysis: Week 12

Gary Patterson

Gary Patterson

The first major dilemmas for the College Football Playoff selection committee may be on the way.

Baylor’s trouncing of Oklahoma in Norman vaulted the Bears into the top 10 of the weekly rankings, but it wasn't enough to push Baylor ahead of TCU, raising questions about head-to-head wins and non-conference scheduling.

Indeed, Baylor may force the selection committee some interesting explanations if the Bears continue to win.

Here's why:

• The question of head-to-head wins: Baylor defeated TCU 61-58 on Oct. 11, but four spots in the rankings separated the two Tuesday. Selection committee chair Jeff Long said head-to-head weighs more as the teams are considered closer in the rankings. Essentially, the committee views TCU’s body of work strong enough at this point to override Baylor's head-to-head win.