Friday, June 3, 2016

Big 12 to Bring Back Football Championship Game in 2017

The Big 12 Conference unanimously voted Friday to bring back a conference championship game.

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. (

Adding a championship game offers few guarantees for Big 12 - ESPN
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