Big 12 Week 5 bowl projections: League's playoff hopes looking good


When it comes to the College Football Playoff, Saturday was a good day for the Big 12.

Its two established CFP contenders, Baylor and TCU, notched blowout victories and are looking as good as advertised. Oklahoma made another big statement with its win over West Virginia and is playing like a top-10 team. And the powers that stand in their way aren't looking too scary.

Ole Miss, Notre Dame, UCLA and Georgia all went down. Ohio State and Michigan State survived close calls against Indiana and Purdue, respectively. And the Big 12's best all took care of business by a combined margin of 91 points. We're still projecting only one Big 12 team reaches the playoff in this week's picks, but all three contenders have to like where they stand after five weeks.

No major changes in this week's bowl projections. Only one, in fact: we've slotted still-undefeated Oklahoma State ahead of Texas Tech for the AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl against an SEC foe. And Texas is still on the outside looking in after its latest brutal loss.

College Football Playoff semifinal (Goodyear Cotton Bowl): TCU

Allstate Sugar Bowl: Baylor

Valero Alamo Bowl: Oklahoma

Russell Athletic Bowl: West Virginia

AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl: Oklahoma State

AutoZone Liberty Bowl: Texas Tech

Cactus Bowl: Kansas State

Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl: No qualifier