This is the fourth year of the College Football Playoff. With only four spots in the postseason and five power conferences, one of the big boys is going to be on the outside looking in. Which conference will come up a few yards short of the goal line?
The Big 12 is going to be left out of the College Football Playoff, again. Members of the league unanimously agreed to reinstate a conference championship game beginning this season. The Big 12 hopes to avoid another situation like in 2014 when Baylor and TCU were both passed over for a playoff spot.
Adding a championship game is a good idea but it won’t be enough to keep the Big 12 from being left out of the playoffs for a third time in four years. According to the odds, the most likely playoff participants are Alabama (-195), Ohio State (+115), USC (+150) and Florida State (+155).
No. 7 Oklahoma is +250 to make the playoffs, the fifth best odds. No. 10 Oklahoma State is +600 to make the four-team tournament.
The SEC, Big Ten and ACC have been in the Final Four each season and are favorites to send a team to the playoffs once again. If one of the conferences stumble the Big 12 could get a team in but the odds say they won’t.
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Odds to make College Football Playoff (BetOnline)