Bowl projections: Big 12 might already have lost its at-large College Football Playoff hopes

There was no earthquake result on Week 2 of the college football season. The only tremors felt were in the Big 12 with its meltdown Saturday that likely eliminated the league's already slim opportunity to place two teams in the College Football Playoff.

The scenario was always going difficult for the conference to achieve. It needed teams like Iowa State and Kansas State to bolster its strength of schedule compared to the SEC. Instead, both lost afternoon games at home to Sun Belt schools. Then Kansas did the same in the evening.

Perhaps an impressive Oklahoma going unbeaten and losing a close Big 12 title game would change things. But realistically, the hill is going to be a hard climb.

Kansas State running back Harry Trotter is tackled by two Arkansas State Red Wolves defenders during the second half at Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium. (Photo: Peter Aiken, Getty Images)

The biggest beneficiary of the day was the SEC. Its bid to have to two teams in the field – still based on the assumption that the Big Ten is not playing – grew stronger as the depth of the league and unprecedented 10-game conference schedule puts it in an advantageous position.

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With the bowl schedule in flux, this year's projections will adjust and start with the New Year's Six game with the possibility of adding other postseason matchups as they are confirmed. 


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