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College Football Playoffs: Big 12 Won't Miss Out On Top Bowls If They Miss Playoffs

The Texas Longhorns and their fans are still trying to wrap their heads around the new college football playoffs, as is the rest of the country. As more news begins to trickle out, it seems that this new system will actually give Big 12 teams even more opportunities than before.

Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports reports that the five biggest conferences -- the Big 12, the Pac-12, the SEC, the Big Ten and the ACC -- will have the right to replace conference champions outside of the Top 12 in the national polls in high-profile bowl games. Which means that even if a Big 12 team should miss out on one of the four playoff spots, they'll still have a chance to be inserted into a well-known bowl game at the end of the year.

Perhaps unfair to the smaller conferences, but certainly good news for teams in the "Big Five."

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