The Big 12 is one of two FBS conferences that doesn’t have a conference championship game and the only Power Five conference without one as well. Next year, the Sun Belt will be expanding by at least one team, so they will field a conference championship game as well.
The Big 12, which only has ten teams in it, was attempting to bypass that rule for next year, but the Big Ten stepped in to prevent that, according to ESPN. The conference is hoping that they can still make it past the 12-team rule.
“We’re trying to work our way through it, but I’m less certain of the outcome than I was before,” Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said on Sunday, just hours after Oklahoma slid into the College Football Playoff at No. 4. “We don’t think we ought to be forced into adding schools in order to have a championship game, but it could end up that way.”
Big Ten commissioner Jim Delaney agreed with Bowlsby for the most part. However, he also talked about how the CFP selection committee needs “familiarity” to make crucial decisions.
“I agree a conference should not have to expand in order to have a championship game,” Delany told ESPN.com. “That wouldn’t be right. That’s tail wagging dog. On the other hand, I want to have some familiarity — some knowledge as to how these things are going to play out. I don’t want unintended consequences. I don’t want to wake up one morning and see some odd structure that’s unfamiliar.
In the end it came down the the Big 12 having to have a similar structure as the Big Ten and the rest of the Power Five.
“We don’t think he should have to expand to have the same option we have,” Delany said, “but we feel he should have a structure similar to ours.”
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