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Mike Gundy Already Being Asked College Football Playoff Questions

With Oklahoma and Texas off to rocky starts, outside media are asking Gundy about the CFP.



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The Big 12 all but fell apart this past weekend. That is, all but Oklahoma State.

The Cowboys are the conference’s lone unbeaten team just three games into the season with big brands Oklahoma and Texas falling Saturday. It was OU’s second straight loss.

The Big 12 has been the butt of the joke through its early season struggles of teams losing to Sun Belt schools and now the biggest two programs falling.

There is now almost a pressure for OSU to carry the league’s banner if the Big 12 has any shot at the College Football Playoff. Almost every question Gundy was asked on Monday’s Big 12 teleconference involved the Playoff, and the Pokes are just three games into 2020.

“Well, we’re a long way away from that,” Gundy said. “There’s so much uncertainty this year with the virus and testing and things, but our attitude of our team is really good at this time. The chemistry of our team, their cohesiveness, ingredients that you have to have to get into double-digit wins, are there. It’s just a matter of us putting the work in and staying healthy and coaches putting us in a position to have success.”

Gundy was reserved in his answers during the teleconference. When asked if Oklahoma and Texas losing was bad for the Big 12’s perception, he let out a classic, “People’s opinion out there means almost nothing to me.”

OSU was a sleeper pick for some pundits to make the Playoff this season, but the Cowboys are ahead of schedule in terms of actually being in the picture. At this point in the year, the nation was supposed to still be talking about OU’s and Texas’ chances of getting in.

The Big 12 has missed out on two CFP’s since the Playoff’s inception in 2014. The league’s first expemption came in 2014 when TCU and Baylor were named co-conference champs after finishing the regular season with one loss a piece.

The other came in 2016 when OU lost nonconference games to Houston and Ohio State before going unbeaten in Big 12 play.

OU is the only team Big 12 team to make the CFP, and it begs the question as to whether the committee would put in a non-OU or non-UT conference champion, especially in a year where the two name brands are down. This could be the year we find that out, but it’s still early October.

“I think any time that we get toward the end of the season if one of us is close enough to be in it, I’ve always supported whoever to have a Big 12 representative,” Gundy said. “It’s just so far away. So many things can happen at this time, it’s hard for us to even put that picture in our thoughts at this time.”

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