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Big 12 will let College Football Playoff committee determine tiebreakers

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Tiebreakers in the Big 12 have been a thorny issue since 2008, when Oklahoma earned a chance to stomp Mizzou in the conference championship instead of Texas, which beat the Sooners earlier that year and had the same 11-1 record.

After that ’08 controversey, the Big 12 (thanks to the push of Texas AD DeLoss Dodds) allowed head-to-head records to be used if two of the three teams in a tiebreaker scenario were ranked within one place of each other in the BCS standings.

With the BCS gone, though, the Big 12 will turn to the College Football Playoff committee’s rankings to break ties that can’t be broken by head-to-head records or in-conference records. The implications here aren’t for the College Football Playoff, which’ll determine its four participants on its own, but for the Champions Bowl against the SEC in New Orleans.

Anyways, remember how nuts that 2008 season was in the Big 12? I’m not sure the conference ever had a more fun year…until Oklahoma only scored 14 against Florida in the BCS Championship (after scoring 60+ in five straight games).

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3 Responses to “Big 12 will let College Football Playoff committee determine tiebreakers”
  1. chunkala says: May 29, 2014 11:39 AM

    60 points per game until Oklahoma finally saw a real defense.
    2008 season made Sam Bradford an undeserved mult-millionaire.

  2. ncaa2014playoff says: May 29, 2014 12:56 PM

    The Root Cause analysis reveals the flaws behind problems like this.
    Conferences with too many teams being split into divisions with the teams not playing the same teams.
    Missouri did not play Oklahoma nor Tech but lost to Texas in the Conference season.
    If Missouri had defeated either team then there would have been a 2 team tie. Then the head to head would have decided between Texas, Tech & OU. (Texas wins over OU if OU beat Mizzou, while Tech wins over Texas if Tech beat Mizzou.)
    How does a 9-3 Missouri get to be considered for the Big XII championship over 3 teams at 11-1?
    The College Football Playoff will have a secret and unfair poll of 13 people that will not watch games deciding any issue like tie breakers while picking the Four. Unaccountable, secret and subjective committee decisions will give us the wrong Four.
    The Perfect Playoff Plan 16 cures it all.

  3. Bo Darville says: May 30, 2014 12:10 PM

    “The Perfect Playoff Plan 16 cures it all.”

    Bleah. There will always be a #3 #5 #9 or #17 crying about being left out. If you want an organized divisional system that ends up with about half the teams in the playoffs and a .500 team in the championship game, check out the NFL.

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