“It’s officially in the system.”

And so, one more step on the road to marginalizing the regular season is taken.

A formal proposal for the deregulation of conference championship games, which would allow the Big 12 to have a championship game as early as 2016, was advanced to the NCAA Council this week and is expected to be approved in January, Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby told ESPN.com.

Before you chide me for having a case of the vapors about it, consider this:  the Big 12, a ten-school conference which plays a round robin conference schedule – the best way to decide a conference champion, in my humble opinion – is going to tack on a conference championship game.  Why?

One day, guys like Bowlsby are going to wake up and wonder where all the interest in the college football regular season went.  And then they’ll go out and add another round to the national playoffs.  More brackets!

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UPDATE:  If you’re having trouble answering my question – and I’m not sure why you would – let Oklahoma President David Boren fill in the blanks for you.

“…When we look at football playoffs and our conference is bumping up against conferences with 12 or 14 members, I believe that we are psychologically disadvantaged because we are a smaller conference.”  [Emphasis added.]

“Psychologically disadvantaged”.  Jeebus, these guys are too much.

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21 responses to ““It’s officially in the system.”

  1. Normaltown Mike

    C’mon Senator, won’t it be exciting to check Herbies “last in” list for that coveted 16 seed?

    Plus we can talk about each year’s “bracket buster”. You know UCF or Tulsa would love to play that role!

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  2. AusDawg85

    Gosh I hope an undefeated Baylor plays a 3 loss TCU in their first championship game…and loses. And then the next season, have 4 teams tied at the top with 3 losses each and forced to use a coin-flip for the tiebreaker just to see who gets to play.

    I’m sure they’ll add 2 teams and split into divisions again in a “surprising” development or “unique opportunity”.

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  3. reipar

    That TCU v Baylor conference championship game would have been by far the best conference championship game last year. Would have been tough to leave the winner of that out of the playoffs.

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    • They already played each other as part of the round robin schedule. So either the game is unnecessary or they play each other to a draw.

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      • reipar

        So if we win the east and bama wins the west we should just cancel the conference championship game since we already played?

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        • C’mon, man, do I really have to waste time on this? The Big 12 doesn’t have divisions. The SEC doesn’t run a round robin schedule.

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          • Same principal though. We already played during the regular season. Presumably somebody won and now has to play again. Sorry to have facts get in the way of a good rant.

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            • If you think playing an eight-game schedule in a fourteen -team league is the same as playing a round robin schedule, I guess there’s nothing I can say in response.

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              • reipar

                Please explain the difference. In both scenarios teams that played during the regular season play again in the conference championship. The fact that you did or did not play everyone else in the conference does not change the fact that there is a repeat game for both does it?

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              • Mayor

                Senator, if the NCAA stops requiring conferences to have a minimum of 12 teams and 2 divisions to hold a conference championship game the SEC needs to change the way it is doing business. The only reason for going to 12 teams was to hold the SECCG–essentially a Rose Bowl type game where the conference keeps all the money. If you can do that with less than 12 members, why have 12, 14, 16, etc. members? That just reduces the amount each member school gets. If 4 teams leave, either on their own or involuntarily, the remaining 10 schools all get a significant boost in revenue. Really, in the final analysis what do Arky, USCe and Mizzou really add to the SEC? Arguably A&M opens up the state of Texas both in viewership and recruiting, so maybe we keep them. But the others–don’t let the door hit you on the backside on the way out, IMHO.

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  4. How about play a little defense and a good OOC schedule, Baylor? Giving up 58 in a regulation-length win over TCU and playing now the Little Sisters of the Poor College should penalize you.

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  5. Scorpio Jones, III

    Classic little man syndrome, unfortunately for the Big…ah…12? Bowlsby lacks the savoir faire of say…Napoleon?

    Pyschologically disadvantaged? Oh….he means he thinks his is smaller than the SEC’s? Here’s a tip, Bob, it is.

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  6. PTC DAWG

    Baylor plays SMU, Lamar and Rice OOC….they will get nothing and like it.

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  7. ScoutDawg

    Sounds like a short man trying to compensate. In other words shrinkage sucks, and my story is it was REALLY cold that day.

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  8. Macallanlover

    I think they should expand to 12 or be denied a CG as they are now. If they quit letting one team run all of their businesses they wouldn’t have had so many leave. They were the 2nd best conference in CFB before the defections, especially when the Huskers and Buffs were playing well, but couldn’t man up to the team in Austin. If they stay at 10 and continue to play all conference members, I agree with the Senator, they don’t need the additional game.

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  9. the mob has gotten what it wants ..playoffs ..it has also gotten what it didn’t want to contemplate…utterly meaningless regular season games and devaluation to what should be games of the decade. The solution to this madness is …MORE PLAYOFFS? Really. Sounds a lot like the War on Poverty/War on Drugs,take your choice,if we’d just fully commit to these failed polices/playoffs everything would be perfect. Now go ahead and kick the football Charlie Brown.

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    • JCDAWG83

      The playoffs should really be revamped to a tournament format with 8 conference champions playing in a 3 round single elimination tournament. Have 8 14 team conferences, 112 teams, let the conferences decide how they want to award their championship and whoever the champ is, they go to the 8 team tournament. Teams could play great OOC games because they would not risk their spot in the beauty contest the current playoff has.

      The current beauty pageant playoff system is not what the fans wanted, it’s what the bowls and the BCS decided to give us.

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      • Chi-town Dawg

        The problem with this approach is that it limits each conference to only 1 team. What if 2-3 of the top 8 teams reside in the SEC? Can only one of them make the playoff (presumably the SECCG winner) even if there are better teams than the “winner” of some of the other conferences? I’m not saying the current polling approach is without flaws, but the format you offer has greater issues in my opinion. I do agree with you that the 8 team format is where we should draw the line and am not yet convinced the 4 team format should be expended.

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  10. Hogbody Spradlin

    The Big 12 thing is pretty transparent. TCU played I forget who on the championship game weekend, won by several dozen. Ohio State played Wisconsin in an official (fixed) championship game, won by several dozen. TCU gets demoted to 6 and Corch jumps in. Even I can figure out what to do about that.

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