|2010 Big 12 Championship Game. Image via newsok.com.|
The Big 12 Championship Game is back, or at least it will be. The Big 12 board of directors unanimously agreed to reinstate the conference's title game beginning in 2017.
The conference hasn't had a championship game since Nebraska and Colorado left the conference following the end of the 2010 season, leaving it with ten member schools. NCAA regulations at the time required conferences to have twelve member schools in order to have a conference title game. This requirement was dropped last year, thanks to NCAA deregulation of conference title games.
Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said that the conference would probably set up two five-team divisions, while continuing its current "round robin" conference schedule.
"With two five-team divisions, you can still continue to play a full round robin," said Bowlsby. "There was a lot of conversation about late season rematches. Last year, the Oklahoma-Oklahoma State game was a good example. It would've been played one week and then played another week, so obviously that's not optimal, but we'll look at our current model and the selection process that goes with it and we'll look at other models, too."
The last Big 12 conference game was in 2010, when Oklahoma defeated Nebraska 23-20.
(via CBS Sports)