For the past couple of weeks I've perused the internet and seen summer filler material that has polluted all the national college football web sites courtesy of the Big 12. It's the black hole of June for college football. The magazines are gradually coming out, although the early ones got hit with a prediction crushing jolt with the Baylor debacle.
There is the College World Series, which entertains some fan bases like Oklahoma State, TCU, and Texas Tech in the Big 12. But there is still the search for pertinent and meaningful college football material, and now with the Big 12 Board of Directors listening to commissioner Bob Bowlsby and the outside consultants and voting in the return of a Big 12 Championship Game in 2017 the bloggers and writers had a topic, let's help the Big 12 decide how to break into five team divisions.
To me that is a joke! There is no need to waste time, space or scratch paper on such a topic. Sure, Bill Snyder at Kansas State would love to go back to divisions and cut that conference schedule down to eight games with home and home against division opponents and no crossover games for K-State against OU, TCU, Texas, or anybody else south of the Oklahoma and Kansas border. Of course, that is ridiculous!
The Big 12 CEOs voted in the championship game for two reasons. The first is that in the search for more revenue streams the championship game, according to consultants, will bring in somewhere between $25-$30 million. That's a good reason! The other is to satisfy the College Football Playoff Committee and its stated desire for all of the power leagues to have that 13th data point – a 13th game to factor in when ciphering to come up with the final four in college football.
With that stated purpose, give the CFP committee the best possible scenario to push them into choosing a Big 12 team in the top four. Use their poll and have the top two-rated teams in the Big 12 play each other. Promote it as iron sharpens iron to prepare for the CFP. How can the committee members not take the winner of a game that their poll set up to prove who is the best team in a league that already plays a complete round robin schedule?
Forget that you could cost your conference from getting two teams in the CFP. I'm convinced that isn't going to happen as one power five league is going to get left out with their champion each year any way. The Big 12 plays the best versus the best in the eyes of the committee and delivers their best team for the CFP to pluck.
If you break into divisions in the Big 12, you risk having your best two, even your best three teams all in the same division. Then in a championship game say the best team has a rash of fluke turnovers and now the third- or fourth-best team that won the lame division wins in an upset and you assure your league of being without a team in the CFP. See how stupid that scenario looks?
There is only one way to do this, and yes I've heard the rematch complaints. I'll admit I don't like the idea of it either. Bedlam on two weeks in a row or Texas and TCU coming back from Thanksgiving less than two weeks later. If the two best teams provoke an immediate rematch then promote it as one more chance for the second best to prove they are the best and for the best to put an exclamation point on their title.
Oklahoma State President Burns Hargis said, "we have to find a way to get our two best teams together." I agree, and it is by using the CFP poll and not a potentially disastrous and at best a lucky guess at putting together two divisions when there is no difference at all in the scheduling for all 10 teams in the league.
Don't be stupid!