Fans have known since before the season began that 2014 was critical for BYU to make a case that they should be included in P5 expansion. The consensus was that it was BYU’s opportunity to lose with a favorable schedule and a number of promising players returning.
Unfortunately, things didn’t go quite as planned for the Cougars as several key players suffered season ending injuries which resulted in a four game losing streak and an 8-4 finish to the regular season.
Luckily for BYU, the new format of a four team playoff has created some controversy among the P5 for their inclusion to the playoff. There is pressure on the 10-team Big 12 to expand, but where that pressure comes from can result from two possible outcomes this upcoming weekend.
Scenario 1 is that the Big 12 finishes with two teams that are 11-1. With only having 10 teams in their conference they are unable to have a Conference Championship Game. The playoff committee has said that CCG’s will have major impact on their decision for who makes the playoff. This could be positive for BYU’s chances as internal pressure to expand to 12 teams would put the Cougars as the front runner for the Big 12 to call. This outcome is only possible if Alabama, Ohio State, Oregon, and Florida State all win their CCG’s this weekend and TCU and Baylor both finish 11-1.
Scenario 2 is that the Big 12 is able to place one (or even two) teams into the playoff. This would create outrage from the other conferences since the Big 12 wasn’t forced to play in a CCG while the others were. The argument is that playing in one more game makes for a more difficult schedule for the other conferences while the Big 12 was able to have one more bye week. This pressure from the other conferences could force the Big 12 to expand so all is equal for the P5.
Both outcomes are only possible if Alabama, Ohio State, Oregon, and Florida State all win their CCG’s this weekend and TCU and Baylor both finish 11-1.
So this leads to the question of which scenario puts the most pressure for them to expand? Share your thoughts in the poll below: