The conference will implement a championship game for 2017.
Since contracting to 10 members in 2011, the Big 12 has staged a round-robin format and has been the only Power 5 league without a championship game. As a result, the Big 12 has also been the only Power 5 league that hasn't given its champion the opportunity to play a 13th game.
Data consultants hired by the league have argued that the Big 12's current format has diminished its opportunity of putting a team in the College Football Playoff. (ESPN.com)
Adding a championship game offers few guarantees for Big 12 - ESPN