Baylor has only itself to blame for being ranked behind TCU in the College Football Playoff rankings.

Sure, the Bears beat the Horned Frogs at home on Oct. 11 in a 61-58 shootout. But just a week later, Baylor lost to an unranked team by two touchdowns on the road at West Virginia.

Now throw in the fact that TCU played a more difficult nonconference schedule, including a game against surprising Minnesota, and it's easy to make this call.

I've had TCU ranked ahead of Baylor in my poll for the Associated Press since the Bears lost at West Virginia. Basically, you have two one-loss teams. One beat the other, but a 61-58 decision doesn't tell me one is decidedly better than the other. The team that lost that game played a tougher schedule and its only loss is to a ranked team on the road by three points compared with a two-score loss to an unranked team.

Around the Pac-12

If Stanford has been Oregon's nemesis in recent years, then Arizona has been right there behind the Cardinal. Arizona has beaten Oregon three times since 2007 when the Ducks have been ranked in the top five, including earlier this season and last season.

It was a bit of poetry Friday when Stanford beat UCLA to put Arizona in position to capture the Pac-12 South Division with a victory over Arizona State and get another chance to beat the Ducks next week in the conference title game.

Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota wasn't completely healthy last time against Arizona, and it's hard to see the Wildcats beating him at full strength.

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While some are still considering TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin, Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett and even Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott for this season's award, it's pretty much a two-man race for me.

I'm still leaning toward Mariota and his 32 touchdown passes with only two interceptions. But Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon might persuade me to vote for him with another monster game against Minnesota, especially if Mariota struggles with rival Oregon State.

Nebraska debates Pelini's future

What do the Nebraska and Colorado football programs have in common over the past 15 years? Neither program has kept a coach in place for more than seven years.

The Huskers might be on the verge of making another change with Bo Pelini proving unable once again to lead Big Red to a conference title this season. Opinions on Pelini among the Nebraska faithful appear to be split. Some believe he has done a good job and it's just a matter of time before he reaches the top of the Big Ten, and some believe he's had ample opportunity and needs to go.

He is just 2-8 in his past 10 games against ranked opponents. The Huskers won in overtime at Iowa on Friday on a touchdown catch from Fairview High School's Kenny Bell to give Pelini a 9-3 record in his seventh season.

If Pelini is fired, there will be plenty of interest in the job from well-known coaches, but I have to think there will be a few who wouldn't go near it. It's difficult to stomach the idea of losing your job when you win north of 70 percent of your games and have your team in contention year in and year out.

Kyle Ringo: ringok@dailycamera.com, twitter.com/kyleringo