Baylor's title formula for 2014

Why Bears have enough coming back to make a run at the CFB playoff

Updated: December 30, 2013, 11:18 AM ET
By KC Joyner | ESPN Insider

PettyRonald Martinez/Getty ImagesBryce Petty posted better efficiency numbers in 2013 than Robert Griffin III did in 2011.

This season the Baylor Bears have reached a set of unprecedented heights, including the club's first Big 12 championship, first BCS bowl invitation, first 11-win season and the team's first top-five ranking in 60 years. All of this speaks to just how far head coach Art Briles has brought a program that had been legendarily bad prior to his arrival.

This turnaround has made Briles one of many candidates for the Texas Longhorns head-coaching job, but he doesn't have to go to Austin to make another run at national championship contention next season. There are a number of reasons to think that the Bears can restock their graduation losses and land one of the four spots in the inaugural College Football Playoff next season.

To read KC Joyner's full argument for why Baylor could follow up their successful season with a trip to the college football playoff in 2014, you must be an ESPN Insider.