With Texas's win against Texas Tech on Thursday, the Longhorns are in a simpler place: win, and you're in. That means a Longhorn victory over the Baylor Bears clinches at least a piece of the Big 12 Championship and another piece of hardware to add to the school's collection.
But that doesn't mean that Baylor's game against TCU on Saturday doesn't have any meaning. Should the Bears lose, it does give Texas slightly larger margin for error next week. How so? If Texas loses to Baylor in a week, and Oklahoma defeats Oklahoma State, that would leave four teams at 7-2 in Big 12 play, giving the Longhorns a piece of the title even without winning their final game.
Of course, that's depending on quite a bit. Texas taking care of business against Baylor means that, at worst, the Longhorns will share the title with Oklahoma State, which would get the nod for the Fiesta Bowl based on the Cowboys' 38-13 win in Austin two weeks ago. And should the Longhorns win against the Bears, and the Cowboys take a loss to the rival Sooners, Texas would win the Big 12 championship outright and head to Tempe themselves.