KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said tickets for the league’s football championship game saw a noticeable uptick after the Texas-Oklahoma grudge match on Oct. 6.
Fans on both sides of the Red River already expecting a rematch?
“Well, let’s just say we had a good week of sales afterward,” Bowlsby said at Sprint Center.
Men’s basketball media day is the unofficial start to hoops season, but Texas, Oklahoma and West Virginia all have one-loss football teams with Big 12 and College Football Playoff aspirations.
If one of those three teams win out, that bunch will have a 12-1 record and a strong chance to make the four-team semifinals, Bowlsby believes.
“They would have a conference championship,” Bowlsby said. “They would have a 13th data point, which we were told was important. And in anybody’s case, they would have a long string of wins. That’s fundamentally important to do — keep winning.”
This season may strengthen Big 12 officials’ long-standing belief that their round-robin format works best. All 10 conference members play each other, which means there will be a rematch between two schools in the annual title game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.
The first CFP rankings will be unveiled on Oct. 30. This will be the first year since the CFP’s creation in 2014 that Texas will be in the mix.
“All anybody can do is what they can do,” Bowlsby said. “Any of the teams that are once beaten in our league, all they can do is try to keep winning.
“Texas and OU have already played, but West Virginia has to play both of them still,” he added. “Somebody’s going to pick up a loss. That’s what makes the Big 12’s path so much more difficult. You aren’t going to be in a situation where you can get to the end of the season without running into the people who are trying to keep you from getting what you want.”
No. 6 Texas (6-1, 4-0 Big 12) faces Oklahoma State (4-3, 1-3) at 7 p.m. Saturday at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater.
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