Art Briles: Brand names kept Baylor, TCU out of College Football Playoff

Wednesday July 22nd, 2015

Baylor head coach Art Briles told reporters at Big 12 Media Days that Baylor or TCU would have made the 2015 College Football Playoff if one of the schools had an older brand name.

Baylor (11–1) and TCU (11–1) finished at No. 5 and No. 6, respectively, in the final College Football Playoff rankings. TCU had been at No. 3 in the week prior, but dropped to No. 6 after defeating Iowa State 55–3 in the week when other major conferences were holding a title game.

Alabama (12–1), Oregon (12–1), Florida State (13–0) and Ohio State (12–1) were chosen for the four playoff spots.

“A lot of 60 [year olds] on selection committee. Old dogs don’t wander far from home,” said Briles.

• SCHNELL: TCU begins to embrace role as the Big 12 favorite

On Wednesday, Briles told reporters that Baylor's national brand is currently “the best it's ever been.”

The Horned Frogs and the Bears tied for the conference title last year after each finished 8–1 in Big 12 play.

The Big 12 does not have a conference championship game. In May, the conference announced a new tiebreaker procedure for football that prioritizes head-to-head results.

- Molly Geary

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