The big news is “Oklahoma in, Ohio State out” but there are still many teams “in” the hunt as they have yet to lose. For example, Michigan tops our list; they are the most likely team to finish undefeated in the deepest conference. Below is a list of teams with a fighting chance at the… Continue reading Week 2 Playoff Picture
What did we learn about the playoff in Week 1? Florida State is likely out, and none of the mind-major powers were able to upset their major power competition. Tulsa, BYU, WMU, and App State all lost. The other “big” mid-major game was Boise State’s victory over Troy. The Pac-12 went 3-0 against it’s major… Continue reading Week 1 Playoff Picture
Who makes the playoff this year? Common sense says that going undefeated in a Power Five conference will Guarantee you a spot. But we have downgraded this, at least here in the preseason, because we never know when a conference will tank. While a human committee will be looking for that goose-egg, there is a… Continue reading Pre-Season Playoff Picture
The Situation Last year the Big 12 threatened to expand to 12 teams (novel, given the conference’s name). But TV execs balked at the possibility of adding more mediocre games on top of the heaping mediocrity of the Big 12’s current, round-robin schedule. In the past, geography played an important role in TV money. Want… Continue reading Next Steps for the Big 12 (Part 2)
This is an exploratory article on the future of the Big 12. The conference’s Grant of Rights holdings on current members expires after 2024. While teams would like to stay, it is yet to be determined whether the financial incentives will exist to keep them together. One solution explored here is a merging with the… Continue reading Next Steps for the Big 12? (Part 1)
Our last article examined whether the new Big 12 championship game was “worth it” from a competitive standpoint. The conclusion was that a championship gives a sizeable boost to an 11-1 non-champion (see TCU in 2014) and a 3% Strength of Schedule boost to other champions. However these boosts are greatly outweighed by the chance… Continue reading Are Title Games Worth It?
This year the Big 12 brings back its football championship game, which has lied dormant since Colorado and Nebraska left the conference in 2011, allowing that dreadful Alabama-LSU rematch. It’s back. But is the Big 12 better for it? The main football argument for bringing back the CG is that it would boost the profile… Continue reading Wherefore The Big 12 Championship Game