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9-1, 3rd in Big 12

Brandon Chatmon ESPN Staff Writer 

No. 7 Baylor is in a good spot to find its way into the playoff if things fall just right. Seeing No. 8 Ohio State drop below the Bears, when the Buckeyes could have easily landed ahead of Baylor after a close loss to Michigan State was good news for Art Briles team. The committee made it clear that while it was hesitant to put Baylor in the mix before it considered Briles team to be battle-tested, it respects the hard-fought loss to No. 3 Oklahoma and double-digit road win over No. 11 Oklahoma State.

Brandon Chatmon ESPN Staff Writer 

The committee preached patience with regard to the Big 12, saying the conference was saving its best games for last. Those words are coming true with tonights rankings of No. 3 Oklahoma and No. 7 Baylor representing the clear amount of respect for both teams. The third-ranked Sooners seem set to land a playoff spot, particularly with No. 11 Oklahoma State as their final test. Baylor seems in perfect position to strike if any of the six teams above them falter and Fridays road trip to No. 19 TCU providing another chance to add to the resume.

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CFP Rankings: Nos. 7 - 10

In the latest playoff rankings, Baylor remains in the top 10 while Stanford and Michigan both move up to join the Bears. The biggest mover, however, was Ohio State, who tumbled out of the coveted top four.

CFP rankings: 7-10

  • 7. Baylor
  • 8. Ohio State
  • 9. Stanford
  • 10. Michigan

Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

Baylor bumped up three spots to No. 7 in the CFP ranking after a win at Oklahoma State. The Bears are lurking, should an upset or two happen above them.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Finalists for the Outland Trophy (nation's top interior lineman): Baylor offensive tackle Spencer Drango, Stanford guard Josh Garnett and Alabama defensive lineman A'Shawn Robinson.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Finalists for Biletnikoff Award (nation's top wide receiver): Baylor's Corey Coleman, TCU's Josh Doctson and Ole Miss' Laquon Treadwell.

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Max Olson ESPN Staff Writer 

One benefit new Baylor starting QB Chris Johnson brings to the table: He likes to run. Johnson rushed for 42 yards and a TD in his cameo against Oklahoma State. "When I need to get the first down Im gonna get it," he said. "When Im at the goal line, I will go get it. Thats just the mentality I have."

Max Olson ESPN Staff Writer 

The injury report for Baylor this week is a long one. In addition to QB Jarrett Stidham, Art Briles said starters RB Shock Linwood, DT Beau Blackshear, S Orion Stewart and TE Gus Penning are all "very questionable" to play against TCU. Linwood, the Big 12's leading rusher, has knee and ankle issues.

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Baylor QB Stidham unlikely to start Sat.

Injured Baylor QB Jarrett Stidham is "very questionable" to start against TCU, coach Art Briles said Monday. The Bears are preparing for third-string quarterback Chris Johnson to start on Friday. Said Briles: "[Stidham] was not very good yesterday. I would list him as highly questionable for this week."

Drawing Conclusions: Week 12's playoff impact (1:26)

Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

TCU QB Trevone Boykin practiced Sunday, a good sign he could be back in the lineup Friday against Baylor. Boykin was sidelined with an ankle injury in TCU's loss at Oklahoma. Baylor coach Art Briles, meanwhile, didn't seem optimistic that QB Jarrett Stidham would be able to play at TCU after suffering a leg injury at Oklahoma State. That means third-team QB Chris Johnson, who was excellent in relief of Stidham in Stillwater, could be making his first career start.

Team Stats

Passing Yards350.79th
Rushing Yards293.44th
Points For54.01st
Points Against27.975th

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