As we all know, despite its official name, the Big 12 conference is composed of ten members.
That’s not a bad thing. For one, it allows every conference school to play every conference opponent during the regular season. That’s the best way to determine a conference champion, unless you’re an idiot. Like Bob Bowlsby. But I digress.
The thing is, there’s a lot to appreciate about a round robin schedule. Unless you’re Jeff Long, that is.
… If there was any doubt how valuable a conference championship game was going to be in the College Football Playoff era, Arkansas athletics director Jeff Long made the message pretty clear; it’s pretty important.
Long, who chairs the selection committee for the College Football Playoff, was a guest in the broadcast booth for a short Q&A on the SEC Network during the Arkansas spring game Saturday afternoon. During his interview Long was asked about the College Football Playoff and the value of playing a conference championship game in the eyes of the selection committee. In his response, Long said the 13th game played by those in conference championship games was a factor for the selection committee. Baylor and TCU only played 12 games, with the Big 12 not holding a conference championship game.
So, you see, in the bigger picture, it doesn’t matter if a conference produces a champion in the optimal way of running the gauntlet of playing every other school in the conference. It only matters if it produces a winner of a conference championship game.
I’m sure some of you can explain to me how this in no way devalues the regular season.