The Big 12 will work for money.

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.

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9 responses to “The Big 12 will work for money.

  1. PTC DAWG

    Your scenario could happen in the SECCG too….the team playing the best at the end of the year deserves it.

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    • Russ

      I’m hoping it does this year. I want to beat the Gators (naturally) and then have the Vowels go to Atlanta for another spanking from Bama.

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    • Sanford222view

      Except for one big difference. In the SEC the teams do not play every other team. The Big XII already settles it on the field during the regular season. They all have an equal conference schedule unlike the SEC.

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  2. 81Dog

    where is the Autonomy Conference located? Is it anywhere near the Mountain West?

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  3. This game is the most meaningless game in college football … other than Alabama’s regular season loss to LSU in 2011.

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  4. Trbodawg

    I can certainly see the argument for a NCCA Division with eight, 8 team conferences and an 8 team play off of conference champions. Win your conference, play for the championship.

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  5. Why bother to play a round robin, as stated in comments by senator, just play 12 non conference games, then conference championship. Makes just as much sense.

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  6. Hogbody Spradlin

    Heaven forbid you don’t have something on TV on conference championship Saturday.

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  7. Mayor

    Soooo….who is the real conference champion if the scenario described by the Senator occurs? Is it the team that won the entire season or the team that won the one game at the end? Both presumably would have the same record and each would have beaten the other one time. Isn’t this a recipe for the very same scenario where the Big 12 got left out of the 4 team playoff in its first year? Bowlsby couldn’t decide who the real champ was. 2 champions=no champion.

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