The Big 12 has announced that it will require its football teams to play at least one Power 5 (SEC, ACC, Big Ten, Pac-12 plus Notre Dame) opponent in its non-conference schedule going forward. No teams shall play more than one game per year against an FCS opponent as well.
Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby offered more in a statement.
“Schedule strength is a key component in CFP Selection Committee deliberations,” commented Commissioner Bob Bowlsby. “This move will strengthen the resumes for all Big 12 teams. Coupled with the nine-game full round robin Conference schedule our teams play, it will not only benefit the teams at the top of our standings each season, but will impact the overall strength of the Conference.”
It’s certainly understandable while the Big 12 would have such a requirement all of a sudden. Despite its name, the conference only has 10 teams and as a result doesn’t have a conference championship game. As a result, though Oklahoma made the College Football Playoff this year, other Big 12 teams have a hard time measuring up against P5 teams when it comes to the rankings.
This should definitely improve the Big 12’s strength of schedule and at this point, win-or-lose, the teams will at least start getting some more respect if expansion isn’t in the cards.
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