Score one for the Big 12.
The league won, by a 7 to 2 vote (the AAC and ACC were the two dissenters), approval to stage a championship game as a 10-team league, removing the requirement that conferences must consist of at least 12 teams split in two divisions to stage a title game.
Moving forward, conferences will have the ability to play a championship game as a 10-team conference as long as its round-robin schedule remains intact.
While much of the focus centers on the Big 12, the Sun Belt has also weighed the merits of staging a championship game with less than 12 teams.
The obvious losers here at Cincinnati, BYU, Memphis, Houston, Connecticut and any other team clinging to the hope of a forced expansion being their ticket to the Big 12. It could also be a blow for Idaho and New Mexico State, as their geographically-messy and competitively-challenged membership is no longer required to hold a championship.
Now, will Wednesday’s news push the Big 12 to actually stage a championship game?
Big 12 executives scheduled to meet Feb. 4, so expect the first layer of that onion to be peeled then.
Big 12 commish Bob Bowlsby was also unsure how it would go about picking the two teams to play in its hypothetical championship game (hint: it’s the teams at the top of the standings). Allow me to plug the alternate championship idea first presented in this space a year ago.
One thing Bowlsby seemed pretty sure of? The money.
And as we all know, in college football, money remains undefeated.