TCU QB Trevone Boykin could lead the Horned Frogs to their first Big XII title if they win out.
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It’s a 3-way race for first place in the Big XII: Baylor, TCU, and Kansas State all have 7-1 records, which means that tie-breakers may very well determine who wins the title.
Baylor already has a win over TCU and plays Kansas State at the end of the season – if they win out, the title is theirs. TCU is arguably the most impressive school on the list with wins over Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and West Virginia on the resume – but unlike Baylor they could find themselves in the College Football playoffs even without winning the conference title. Kansas State has quietly been climbing the ranks without beating a single top-10 team, unlike Baylor and TCU. If Kansas State wins out, they can steal the Big XII title and find themselves in the College Football playoffs.
Here are the ten college football teams with the most to lose in Week 11:
Alabama – On the outside looking in for the College Football playoffs at the moment, they head to a hostile Louisiana atmosphere for their most difficult of their last few games to see if they can win out and make it to the SEC title game. A loss to LSU would almost definitely end their SEC or CFP hopes.
TCU – The Horned Frogs are in only their 3rd season in the Big XII but need to run the table and get some help just to win the Big XII title. However, they could sneak into the college football playoffs without getting the needed help from the division. Needless to say, all that goes down the drain with a loss.
Kansas State – Since losing to Auburn the Wildcats are undefeated in the Big XII and are coming off an impressive win over Oklahoma State. The Wildcats have no choice but to beat TCU on the road if they want to have any part of the Big XII or even the College Football playoffs. They play Baylor at the end of the season for what will either decide the Big XII title, or just be a spoiler.
Baylor – Winning out would guarantee Baylor a Big XII title win, however, the Bears have not had success on the road against top 25 opponents and Oklahoma may be struggling, but their only two losses this season were by a total of 5 points.
Notre Dame – The win over then-#14 Stanford seems less and less relevant as the team falls off the map. Now they play an Arizona State team that seems more legitimate than any in the Pac-12, giving Notre Dame a chance to make a serious statement for a major bowl game or even the College Football playoffs if they get enough help.
Arizona State – With the second-best record in the Pac-12 and the best record in the Pac-12 South division, Arizona State is only half a game ahead of UCLA for the division lead. And since the Sun Devils have a loss to UCLA, a tie won’t get them into the title game against Oregon. If Arizona State loses today, they will need to hope UCLA suffers a major cold-spell to have a shot at the title.
West Virginia – Losing to TCU effectively ended West Virginia’s Big XII title hopes, but the Mountaineers can still make a major statement in the division with a road win against Texas. Losing to Texas would end West Virginia’s season before they even have a chance to redeem themselves against Kansas State.
Utah – With two losses coming by a total of 4 points, the Utes are perhaps the toughest competition Oregon will have in the Pac-12. Beating Oregon would give Utah a major boost in the standings and put them within striking distance of the Pac-12 South division title with games against Stanford and Arizona still to play.
Ohio State – Head coach Urban Meyer’s best year with the Buckeyes was when the team wasn’t even bowl eligible. Now with a game against the dominating Michigan State Spartans, he is poised to becoming irrelevant with a loss: a loss that would undoubtedly mean the end of Ohio State’s pursuit of the Big 10 title.
Texas A&M – With a road game against Auburn today, the Aggies will either be pulling off the upset of the season or suffering their 4th loss in five games. Losing that 4th game could spell the end of head coach Kevin Sumlin’s tenure in College Station if the team doesn’t recover before bowl season and the NFL comes calling.