A Two-Bid Big 12? Say It Isn’t So …
The eyeballs and numbers say two different things.
After placing three teams in the College World Series last year and having four teams participate in super regionals, the Big 12, at this point, is likely just a two-bid league to the NCAA postseason. Yes, it’s possible that what was arguably the best conference in college baseball last season, and a conference that returned a ton of players, could put just two teams in the postseason. Something just doesn’t compute.
You’re probably wondering “Why?”. Well, the Big 12 and RPI just aren’t the best of friends in 2015. Take a look at the rankings (as of 5/13):
Oklahoma State (13)
Texas Tech (69)
Kansas State (91)
West Virginia (105)
Yeah, the RPI isn’t getting a Christmas card from the Big 12 – more like a flaming special delivery Billy Madison-style. No offense to the other conferences, but that list of RPIs looks more like the typical Sun Belt than it does the Big 12. Are those teams better than the RPI suggest they might be?
“Number one, the league is definitely better than a two-bid league,” said TCU head coach Jim Schlossnagle about the Big 12. “I think we’ll all admit Texas, West Virginia… some teams have had down years. But Oklahoma is really, really good. Texas Tech is pretty much the same team as last year. There are good teams in this league.”
The TCU head coach isn’t in the minority.
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