Christ, this is stupid.
The league announced late Friday morning that, when the conference championship game returns for the 2017 season, there will be no split into two five-team divisions. Instead, the teams with the best and second-best record in conference play will square off in the conference championship game.
Each conference member will continue to play nine league games every season, one against each other member.
“There are a number of advantages to matching our top two teams,” said commissioner Bob Bowlsby in a statement. “Given our round-robin, nine-game scheduling model, it is expected the Big 12 champion will be uniquely positioned for College Football Playoff consideration. I would argue there will be no path more difficult than our champion’s, where it will have played every team in the Conference, faced at least one Autonomy Conference non-conference opponent, and then plays in our championship game.
“The guaranteed No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup will be a great game for our fans, and it’s hard to imagine a stronger position for a conference champion.”
Except for that whole team that loses in the regular season beating the team it lost to in the championship game, it’s brilliant.
You’ve got a round robin schedule that is the best way to crown a conference champion, and you can’t leave well enough alone. Because, mo’ money. This, friends, is why we’ll have a 16-team national championship one day.