Power 5 foes mandated in Big 12

The Big 12 has announced it will require conference football programs to annually play at least one nonconference game against a  “power five” conference institution (ACC, Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC) or Notre Dame).

“Schedule strength is a key component in CFP Selection Committee deliberations,” said 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.”

Additionally, no Big 12 program may play more than one game annually against a non-Football Bowl Subdivision opponent.

This new scheduling requirement does not impact existing non-conference game contracts.