“We probably don’t want to be dark on that last weekend…”

For those of you who don’t get why I fret about an expanded college football postseason weakening the significance of the best regular season in organized sport, consider that the Big 12 is weighing the idea of moving its last week of regular season games to the same weekend as other conferences’ championship games so it won’t get lost in the shuffle by the selection committee.

But after finishing their regular season on the last weekend of November, the Sooners fell from the No. 3 slot to No. 4 in the final Playoff ranking – leaving Big 12 members wondering whether and how much they were impacted by not having that 13th game (or in the parlance of the selection committee, a “13th data point”). Oklahoma was one of six teams in its conference sitting out while other Playoff contenders were still playing.

“You just want to have a presence,” TCU athletic director Chris Del Conte said. “It’s not about a statement game. It’s about being relevant that day.”

Twenty years from now, these guys are going to wonder what happened to them.  And they still won’t really know.

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28 responses to ““We probably don’t want to be dark on that last weekend…”

  1. Jared S.

    How can the Big 12 be so blind to the fact that they are Damn Lucky that they’re even in the CFP this year without having a Championship Game? A one-loss Standford or Notre Dame would easily have taken Oklahoma’s spot.

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  2. Russ

    They should be careful what they wish for. Baylor played Texas on the final weekend with a supposed Sugar Bowl bid on the line and got beat. Not the kind of exposure they were looking for, I suppose.

    I guess it did make that Texas defeat of OU look a little less bad…maybe?

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  3. Puffdawg

    Why don’t they move last games to the week AFTER the conference championship games? Then they’d have all the exposure to themselves.

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  4. Dante

    I think Oklahoma dropping to 4 had more to do with the selection committee gaming the system than it had to do with Oklahoma’s and Michigan State’s actual merits as teams.

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    • pumblechook014

      This. I don’t have a source off the top of my head, but I remember reading about how the selection committee ranks 1-4, and it has a lot more to do with the actual matchups and venues than it does merit of the teams. Example: if the Cotton Bowl hosts #2 vs. #3, the committee wouldn’t put Oklahoma as either of those due to Arlington’s proximity to Norman, Oklahoma, which could give a virtual home field advantage to Oklahoma. So they get moved to #4.

      Much ado about nothing, if you ask me.

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  5. Skeptic Dawgs' Better Half

    Sounds like the Big 12 should get two schools annually to take advantage of the Hawaii Exemption to get that 13th game on their traditionally dark weekend.
    http://www.fbschedules.com/2010/05/the-hawaii-exemption/

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  6. QSD

    I would be good with dropping the SEC championship. Name the team with the best SEC record the champion with head to head and then the polls as the tie breaker.

    Go to an 8 team playoff and try to get 3 or 4 SEC teams in it. 🙂

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    • PTC DAWG

      3 or 4 SEC teams..LMAO..we have one deserving this year. Only 2 more are much better than decent.

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      • Jared S.

        I think an 8 team playoff would be a bad idea in most years for this exact reason….. one or more of the teams in the top 8 wouldn’t be anywhere near deserving. We would have some years with six 2-loss teams in a CFP. That would be stupid.

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        • Jared S.

          And…. I think the first two years of the CFP put the four best teams in the Final Four. No complaints from me….. so far…..

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    • Doggoned

      Put in the champs frpm the Power 5 conferences plus 3 wildcards.

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  7. Semper Fi Dawg

    Big-12, Relevant?

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  8. Ugajeff

    If the big12 believes their non presence on championship Saturday is hurting them, then add a bye week. I think that actually makes WAY MORE sense than playing a needless championship game, after you’ve played everyone in league and won it on the field. Just sayin…

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    • JCDAWG83

      The Big 12 having a schedule that allows every team to play every other team in the conference is a big deal that is lost on many who are hung up on a championship game. The Big 12 is the only power 5 conference with a championship that is actually earned on the field.

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  9. Bob

    Speaking of the Sooners, Sooner blogs reporting that Trevor Knight has been given the ok to transfer to any school he likes. Bob Stoops has the same policy as Mark Richt has. They are reporting that Knight has contacted Georgia among several others.

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  10. Mayor

    The Big 12 won’t be around twenty years from now.

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  11. TN Dawg

    Ain’t sold on Bama yet. Lost to the best team on their schedule. Other than that shaky wins against marginal teams like Auburn, Arkansas, Tennessee, LSU and Florida and a resounding thumping of a couple of over-hyped Bulldogs and A&M.

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    • Shaky win against Auburn? They never were in danger of losing and it took a play like that one in 2013 for it to be as close as it was. They played with the Alabama Cow College like a cat plays with a ball of string.

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