From a selfish standpoint, you have to love the fact Baylor agreed to this series against TCU. This is good for the state of Texas college football when non-conference Texas teams agree to play each other.
But from a competitive standpoint, why is Baylor doing this?
The Bears are in the Big 12, the "power conference" and seemingly have little to gain by defeating TCU. Baylor doesn't need this in terms of recruiting, or perception.
Are such results not used in recruiting?
"The thing about schedules is that they are in placed many years prior," Baylor coach Art Briles said today when I asked him what Baylor has to gain in this game on the Big 12 conference call. "It's a good intra-state game, without question. We're both former members of the Southwest Conference, and it's regionally attractive. For fans, it's a good matchup. From a recruiting standpoint, recruits go to different universities for a variety of reasons. That part of it, I think, is a little overrated."
I asked if this series had already been agreed to before Briles took over as Bears coach, and he was not "100 percent sure" but he thought it was.
The way the system is set up, which school has a better chance of reaching a Rich Kids Club BCS bowl? Baylor as the automatic ticket because it's affiliated with the BCS conference, but TCU right now has the inside positioning because it has figured out how to play this stupid system.
- Mac Engel