Rhule: Big 12 Winner Should Make Playoff Every Year

Baylor head coach Matt Rhule explained why the committee should give the Big 12 an automatic bid 

After Hours With Amy Lawrence
November 06, 2018 - 8:57 am

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Matt Rhule is a huge fan of the College Football Playoff. But he’s also a huge fan of expanding it.

“Absolutely. I would always advocate for expansion,” the Baylor head coach told Zach Gelb, who was filling in as host of After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “I was a member of the Penn State football team that went undefeated and didn’t have a chance to play for a national championship under the old, old system. I thought the BCS was a tremendous step in the right direction, and I think the College Football Playoff is a step in the right direction above that. I want to see another step.”

A Big 12 team has made the playoff twice in four years. Both times it was Oklahoma; both times the Sooners lost. 

Still, Rhule believes that the Big 12 is unique and should get an automatic bid to the playoff every year.

“You play Oklahoma, you play Texas, you play WVU, TCU, Iowa State – you play everyone every year,” he said. “And then at the end of the year, if you can get through that unscathed, you then have to turn around and play a rematch. That’s really hard to do. The scrutiny that we’re under, the parameters that we’re under is so hard that the winner of the Big 12 should be in the playoff every year no matter what. And the winner of the ACC and SEC should be in the playoff every year no matter what. 

“That’s what makes football fun – when the winners of the conferences, regional areas, all have a chance to go to the next level and show what they can do. The only way to do that, to me, is to expand the playoff and give more opportunity for big-time football down the stretch.”