National links: Excluding the little guy

TCU and Baylor got the shaft when the College Football Playoff’s selection committee got down to business.

But was their exclusion from the big four as simple as there being no Big 12 championship game? It’s not that simple.

Yes, the conference’s lack of “One True Champion” hurt the cases for TCU and Baylor -- the only Power 5 teams with one or no losses which did not make the playoff – and Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby admitted on ESPN airwaves Sunday that the believed it hurt his conference’s teams.

“It’s clear that we were penalized for not having a postseason championship game. It would have been nice to have been told that ahead of time,” Bowlsby said.