Bob Bowlsby: Big 12 football likely to do away with co-champs

Posted March 12th, 2015


KANSAS CITY, Mo. — While it’s not completely official just yet, the Big 12 will likely not award co-champions in football going forward after being burned by the Baylor-TCU conundrum last season.

Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby emerged from a 2 1/2-hour meeting on Thursday morning and said no official action was taken by the league’s 10 athletic directors. However, it’s assumed at this point that if two teams finished tied in the football standings, the head-to-head winner will be the conference champion.

“We are actually working on some relatively minor details of it, and it surrounds a three-way tie and how you go about breaking a three-way tie,” Bowlsby said. “We haven’t come up with what we think is the best way to do that.”


It was thought the Big 12 ADs would finalize a new tie-breaking procedure and provide those rules to College Football Playoff officials.

“My guess is we will not provide it to the CFP in April, but probably shortly thereafter,” Bowlsby said.

The league was criticized nationally for its “One True Champion” marketing campaign only to wind up crowning both the Bears and Horned Frogs as champs. Baylor won the head-to-head matchup, but both teams wound up getting left out of the first CFP semifinals.

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