The Big 12 is a ten-team conference. It determines its conference champion in the fairest way possible, by requiring its schools to play a round-robin nine-game conference schedule.
That, of course, isn’t good enough. With no championship game, there’s money being left on the table. With no championship game, there’s a feeling that something’s missing for the CFP selection committee to weigh in comparison with the other P5 conferences that have championship games.
And so, even though it’s completely unnecessary, and in fact is just as likely to make things messier in the event that the team which lost in the regular season comes back to win the conference title game, the Big 12 is moving towards having a championship game.
That’s all right with Bill Hancock.
… Hancock praised the Big 12’s decision to reinstitute a championship game in 2017, mirroring the other four major conferences. He emphasized, though, that the primary benefit is not necessarily the fact that all champions will now play 13 games but that the Big 12’s champ will now add another top 25-caliber opponent to its resume.
“How much the Big 12 will be helped by getting another game against a quality opponent — to me, that’s the game-changer,” said Hancock.
That’s a real game-changer, alright. It’s a perfect example of sacrificing the significance of the regular season to enhance the postseason chase. And it’s the path that college football, just like men’s basketball before it, is steadily traveling down. The morons running the game are slowly destroying the character that makes college football unique, the emphasis on regional interest and the regular season.
I’ll keep saying it: enjoy what you’ve got now, folks, because ten years from now, it won’t be the same. Not even close.