Category Archives: Big 12 Football

When a regular season feature becomes a bug

Berry Tramel explores ten reasons for the Big 12’s apparent decline in this piece.  From the point of view of somebody who thinks playing a round robin schedule is the best way for a conference to determine its champion, for me, this sucks to read:

… The 10-school format makes for a great regular season, but it comes at a two-fold cost. The nine-game conference schedule makes it difficult for a team to go through the conference unscathed, and no conference championship game puts the Big 12 at a decided disadvantage with its four chief competitors, all of whom play that 13th game.

Playoff expansion will force the regular season to become ever more cookie cutter, as conferences will have little choice but to mold themselves into vehicles that have the best chance of delivering their teams to the postseason.  And given that no matter what they do, there are still only so many slots, it’s pretty obvious where things are headed.


Filed under BCS/Playoffs, Big 12 Football, College Football

“A roomful of geniuses”

Bob Bowlsby admits he’s on the verge of going medieval on the Big 12’s round robin schedule if the conference gets shut out of the CFP for the second year in a row.  That generates a “remain calm, all is well” response from Bill Hancock, of all people.

Of course, if the Big 12 does go ahead and adopt a conference championship game after this season, I fully expect Hancock to praise the move as making the CFP that much stronger.  ‘Cause that’s just how he rolls.


Filed under BCS/Playoffs, Big 12 Football

This is how fever dreams get started.

Oklahoma blogger takes Finebaum tweet of a speculative comment by Colin Cowherd (boy, talk about instant credibility) and runs with it.


Filed under Big 12 Football, SEC Football, The Blogosphere

“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

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!


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.


Filed under BCS/Playoffs, Big 12 Football, The NCAA

Enhancing the stadium experience

As it used to go in the old Guinness commercials, “Brilliant!”

It’s almost as if they want the fans to stay home and watch on TV.


Filed under Big 12 Football

Thursday morning buffet

Plenty of nibbles this morning:

  • Big 12, this “One True Champion” stuff isn’t nearly as hard as you’re making it.
  • Steve Patterson continues the rebranding:  “Forty-five years ago China and the U.S. were at war. What opened the door? Ping pong? The same people that are going what the heck are you doing in Dubai were the same people who said why are you playing ping pong in China?”
  • NCAA to coaches:  sure, we’ll get you notice so you can’t complain about that, but input?  Naaaah.
  • Jerry Hinnen’s SEC East post-spring wrap up is here.
  • And here’s the one for the SEC West.
  • Athlon’s SEC head coach rankings list is, well… a little different.
  • So how good a job did Dan Mullen do with his 2011 recruiting class?  This writer wonders if it was the most underrated class ever.
  • Along those lines, check out this post at Team Speed Kills about program rebuilding.


Filed under Big 12 Football, Recruiting, SEC Football, Texas Is Just Better Than You Are., The NCAA

“Do our strengths outweigh our weaknesses? I don’t think we know right now.”

When last we heard from the intrepid Bob Bowlsby, Jeff Long had spooked him into a state of panic over the Big 12’s lack of a conference championship game – something totally unnecessary for a conference with a round robin schedule, unless you really want to make your best team beat your second-best team twice in the same season for kicks:

“What we heard is if we don’t go to a championship game we’re at a disadvantage,” Bowlsby said. “All things being equal, 13 games are better than 12 games. That’s what we heard. So that gives us clear enough direction that we’re coming in at least at a modest disadvantage. We need to do whatever we can to mitigate that.”

Upon further review, Bowlsby mitigated, alright.  He mitigated into full retreat.

“I think we all believe that one year is not a long enough trial to draw any conclusions,” Bowlsby said. “We may find ourselves in better shape than some other conferences as a result of our model rather than in spite of our model.”

Bowlsby met with league athletic directors Tuesday morning and coaches Tuesday afternoon during the league’s spring meetings.

He was probably reminded of the times a conference title game screwed the Big 12 over during the BCS era.  Or heard this pearl of wisdom from Gary Patterson:  “The less games I play, the better off I am.”

So was he guilty of rushing to judgment?  Well, sure.  But that doesn’t make him a bad guy.

When asked if he overreacted to Long’s interpretation, Bowlsby said, “Maybe I did. I’m not immune to that.”

And he’s paid hundreds of thousands of dollars a year to run a major college athletics conference.  What a country.


Filed under Big 12 Football