NCAA votes to let the Big 12 have a championship game

The NCAA voted this month to allow conferences without 12 teams – including the Big 12 – to hold conference championship games.

The Big 12 has 10 teams and has been criticized for being the only Power Five Conference without a playoff. No decisions have been announced but the new rule could mean two divisions within the Big 12 or the addition of one or two more teams.

“It is too early to speculate on the impact this will have with our member institutions regarding a football championship game,” said Big 12 Conference Commissioner Bob Bowlsby.

“I appreciate that what was acted upon today takes into account our unique 10-team, full round-robin scheduling model.  However, this vote does not automatically mean the Big 12 will implement a football championship game.  Our membership will continue to analyze its pros and cons, as we now know the requirements should we decide to go down that path.”

A conference championship football game could be conducted in either of the following ways:

  • A game between division champions of a member conference that is divided into two divisions (as equally balanced as possible), each of which conducts round-robin, regular-season competition among the members of that division; or,
  • A game between the top two teams in the conference standings following a full round-robin regular-season schedule of competition among all members of the conference.

David Boren, president of The University of Oklahoma, said last week that he would support the addition of two more schools to the Big 12 and the possibility of a conference title game in football.