Left out of the four-team playoff, Big 12 co-champion Baylor gets to stay close to home to play in the Cotton Bowl on New Year's Day to play Big Ten team Michigan State.
The Bears (11-1) are going to the Cotton Bowl for the first time since the 1980 season when Mike Singletary was a team captain.
Michigan State (10-2) will be only the second Big Ten team to play in the Cotton Bowl, which before the new playoff era matched Big 12 and SEC teams.
While disappointed about not being in the playoff, Baylor coach Art Briles is excited for his team to be in the Cotton Bowl. He played in the game for Houston on New Year's Day 1977, in a win over Maryland.