2. The Most Underrated Thing Was …
Baylor 61, Kansas 6
While the world was paying attention to whatever that Alabama-Auburn thing was and the Wisconsin whacking of Minnesota, Baylor very quietly went to Lawrence, Kansas, and left with a a 55-point win.
Oh sure, it was only Kansas, but it was the final game of the year for the team, it was at home, and it was good enough through the season to at least come up with something decent offensively.
Instead, Baylor was laser-focused, hung up 13 points or more in each quarter, forced six turnovers, and outgained the Jayhawks by 249 yards in the blowout.
And now the tone is set for what should be a whale of a Big 12 Championship.
Oklahoma did its part with a dominant effort over Oklahoma State on the road, but will the committee notice and care?
Throughout the entire process, the College Football Playoff types haven’t liked Baylor all that much, and they really didn’t like all of Oklahoma’s close calls, along with the loss to Kansas State.
And they really like Utah’s big, splashy, blowout wins … even if the team hasn’t beaten anyone in the CFP top 25.
The Big 12 teams don’t control anything. The Big 12 champ will be out if Georgia beats LSU, and if Ohio State and Clemson both win. It might be out if Utah blasts Oregon 55-3.
But Baylor came up with a big, splashy, blowout win of its own. Now, the winner of the Big 12 champion will – technically, according to the CFP rankings – have a stronger win than anything Utah could boast.