An NCAA Football Odds Analysis On How should the Big 12 Expand?
As the 2014 season came to a close, the fact that TCU was ranked higher in the CFP standings motivated the Big 12 to crown the TCU Horned Frogs the Big 12 co-champions. Later that afternoon, the other “co-champion” was Baylor who beat Kansas State. However, the original terms of the conference schedule still meant that Baylor would have been the champions by virtue of the head-to-head tiebreaker. The nonsense that the Big 12 made out of this was likely one reason why the CFP put both TCU and Baylor out of the top four and added Ohio State — who ended up winning the whole thing. This year, the fact that Oklahoma managed to make it through the three-game gauntlet of TCU, Baylor and Oklahoma State with three consecutive wins made the Big 12 champs a relatively easy pick to get into the top four, particularly since the Pac-12 champion, Stanford, had two losses on the season. However, if the Pac-12 champion had only had one loss, that could have caused a real stir, as you would have had all five conferences with champions with zero or one loss — with only four spots to fill. This is why there are calls every year for the Big 12 to expand to an actual 12 teams, so that the conference can host a championship game and give its winner that extra win — and another quality win to impress the CFP committee.
Big 12 commish Bob Bowlsby says expansion will be considered if conference championship deregulation doesn’t pass. https://t.co/WTac2BX7nv— Brandon Helwig (@UCFSports) December 7, 2015