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Big 12 tweaks 'controversial' tiebreaker

It comes roughly two years too late for Texas, and will likely never come into play again anyway, but the Big 12 conference has finally made a change to the controversial conference tiebreaker that cost the Longhorns a shot at a league title game appearance that could’ve led to a crack at the BcS crystal.

For those unfamiliar with the back story, here’s a brief synopsis: UT got screwed in 2008.

Now, for those still unfamiliar, here’s a little lengthier synopsis: at the end of the 2008 regular season, Oklahoma, Texas and Texas Tech were tied atop the Big 12′s South division with one loss apiece.  During the regular season, Texas beat Oklahoma, which beat Texas Tech, which beat Texas.

That cluster(bad word) created a three-way tie and, after the first four tiebreakers produced no South champion, it went to the fifth tiebreaker: the highest-ranked team in the BcS standings.  Oklahoma (No. 2), which lost to Texas (No. 3), got the nod based on that set of rankings and went on to the conference title game against Missouri, which UT had also soundly beaten during the regular season.

An uproar in Austin and across the national media landscape ensued — Lubbock: “hey, ya know, like, what about us, man?” — and led to UT athletic director DeLoss Dodds petitioning for a change to the tiebreaker procedure in 2009.  Friday, conference commissioner Dan Beebe confirmed to the Dallas Morning News that the three-way tiebreaker has been tweaked slightly.

Here’s the old version, with the fifth three-way tiebreaker: “5. The highest ranked team in the first Bowl Championship Series standings following the completion of Big 12 regular season conference play shall be the representative.”

And the new version: “5. The highest ranked team in the first Bowl Championship Series poll following the completion of Big 12 regular season conference play shall be the representative in the Big 12 Championship Game, unless two of the tied teams are ranked within one spot of the other in the BCS poll. In this case, the head-to-head results of the top two ranked tied teams shall determine the representative in the Big 12 Championship Game.”

Under the new system for breaking three-way ties, Texas, not Oklahoma, would’ve represented the South in the conference championship game.

This change was actually approved but not announced in June of this year, 18 months too late for the Longhorns and their faithful.

C’est la vie, though, right ‘Horns?  Then again, if Michael Crabtree wouldn’t have happened

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9 Responses to “Big 12 tweaks 'controversial' tiebreaker”
  1. grandavenue says: Oct 21, 2010 7:33 PM

    I like how Texas was pissed at the Big XII’s rules.
    Irony.
    They made it up to them the year after.

  2. edgy1957 says: Oct 21, 2010 7:37 PM

    What they should have done was eliminate the lowest ranked team and then revert to the two-team tiebreaker like the NFL does.

  3. Alpha123 says: Oct 21, 2010 11:12 PM

    aw geeee should we all feel sorry for texas now? Give me a break, they always disagree with rules that don’t give texas an unfair advantage, so they they solved that like they solve all their other problems – money, they went out and bought the conference.

  4. iam3putz says: Oct 22, 2010 2:30 AM

    Alpha123.
    Get back to your customers.
    Breaktime is over.
    Your fries are burning. And…
    You are clueless.

  5. Wrathchild says: Oct 22, 2010 11:47 AM

    “For those unfamiliar with the back story, here’s a brief synopsis: UT got screwed in 2008.”
    “UT” is the University of Tennessee…Texas is just Texas.

  6. Soonr48 says: Oct 22, 2010 12:16 PM

    geeeez!!!! It’s been TWO YEARS, ALREADY!!!!!!! I think we’ll ALL be glad when Texas finally cries itself to sleep. If they’d get a “real” coach insted of that thumb-sucking baby-Mac Brown, they might “man-up” and let go of the past…

  7. Alpha123 says: Oct 22, 2010 4:22 PM

    iam3putz:
    hilarious french fry joke, very original.
    Sound familiar:
    “We want the Big 12 offices moved to texas waaaaaaahhhhh”
    “We want the Big 12 title game in texas EVERY year waaaaaaaahhhh”
    “We want the majority of the Big 12 conference payout money waaaaaaaahhh”
    I’m neither a husker fan or one of any Big 12 school, but good for nebraska for saying “screw you” to the arrogant spoiled little crybabies from austin. Awwww one of the rules YOU VOTED FOR worked against you, big deal. Oh well, just change the rules to favor you in the futre…again.
    Oh and i watched the texas/nebraska game. Brown has to be thanking his lucky stars nebraksa DROPPED 4 TD passes and gifted him a funble for a 20-yard “drive”. nebraska essentially spotted you 35 points and you barely won by 7? No wonder you get beat by teams that don’t beat themselves. I’m going love watching your “texas 10″ kingdom fall apart in the next few years you idiot.

  8. Alpha123 says: Oct 22, 2010 4:38 PM

    iam3putz:
    hilarious french fry joke, very original.
    Sound familiar:
    “We want the Big 12 offices moved to texas waaaaaaahhhhh”
    “We want the Big 12 title game in texas EVERY year waaaaaaaahhhh”
    “We want the majority of the Big 12 conference payout money waaaaaaaahhh”
    I’m neither a husker fan or one of any Big 12 school, but good for nebraska for saying “screw you” to the arrogant spoiled little crybabies from austin. Awwww one of the rules YOU VOTED FOR worked against you, big deal. Oh well, just change the rules to favor you in the futre…again.
    Oh and i watched the texas/nebraska game. Brown has to be thanking his lucky stars nebraksa DROPPED 4 TD passes and gifted him a funble for a 20-yard “drive”. nebraska essentially spotted you 35 points and you barely won by 7? No wonder you get beat by teams that don’t beat themselves. I’m going love watching your “texas 10″ kingdom fall apart in the next few years you idiot.

  9. ShaKey says: Oct 22, 2010 5:11 PM

    Beebe must of be worried about upsetting the TexUs money sows.

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