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Big 12 Moving Closer To An Actual ‘One True Champion’

The Big 12 Conference is working to finalize rules that would eliminate co-champions.



It seems like the conference that touted two ‘one true champions’ may just be coming to its senses. The Big 12 is working to do away with co-champions. The Big 12 Athletic Directors met Thursday afternoon to work on the details, and it was expected that the rules would be presented to the College Football Playoff Committee.

After the meeting though, Big 12’s Commissioner Bob Bowlsby announced that no official action had been taken yet.

“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 via the Austin American-Statesman. “We haven’t come up with what we think is the best way to do that.”

The Big 12 is the only Power Five conference that plays a true round-robin schedule. Everybody plays everybody. In order to distinguish themselves from the other conferences, the Big 12 came up with the tagline ‘One True Champion’. However, every football fan in the country couldn’t help but snicker a little when the conference crowned both TCU and Baylor co-champions last December. It may have even kept the conference out of the first ever college football playoff, costing the conference and its members millions.

When the rules do get finalized, it’s expected that in the event of a two-way tie, the tie break would go to the winner of the heads up game. Had the rule been in place last season, that would have been Baylor. Frankly, I don’t know what details could possibly take so long to iron out, but Bowlsby is hopeful to have it finalized sometime after April.

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

– Cover Photo: Baylor Big 12 Co-Champions | Jerome Miron | USA TODAY Sports