Big Ten changes fifth tiebreaker for division champion for three-way ties

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The Big Ten has decided to alter a potentially pivotal rule in the middle of the 2016 college football season.

According to Brian Bennett of ESPN, the Big Ten has altered its divisional championship tiebreaker format in the event of a potential three-way tie at the top of the Big Ten eastern division. The three times who could be headed for a three-way tie are Michigan, Ohio State and Penn State.

“The College Football Playoff ranking was removed as one of the tiebreakers due to the timing of when the rankings are released and the potential competitive, and logistical impact the timing could have on the Big Ten championship game,” league spokesman Adam Augustine wrote in an email to ESPN.

The Big Ten previously used the College Football Playoff as the fifth tiebreaker, but this season the rankings do not come out until Nov. 1, forcing the change.

It will be interesting to see what tiebreakers are needed at the end of the regular season, but it will certainly be fun to watch it when everything plays out.

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