IRVING For the first time, the Big 12 won’t have to worry about its College Football Playoff contenders not having a conference title game or a 13th data point for the selection committee to study.
The Big 12 restored its title game for the first time since the 2010 season and scheduled it for Dec. 2 at AT Stadium in Arlington. If the goal Wholesale NCAA Jerseys
is to enhance a playoff rsum, a championship game could help, CFP executive director Bill Hancock said Tuesday at the organization’s annual meetings in Irving.
“Overall for them it is better. Having a championship game is better,” Hancock said of the Big 12. “I don’t think it makes the committee’s job any easier or harder.”
The Big 12 got introduced to selection committee reality in the 2014 season, the first year of the CFP. Baylor and TCU tied for the Big 12 title but were leapfrogged by Ohio State after the Buckeyes’ dominant Big Ten title game performance. The turn of events set off months of conference soul searching.
“I never thought the Big 12 was hurt in cheap college jerseys china particular by not having the game itself,” Hancock said. “What they were hurt by is their champion had one fewer game against a quality opponent. To me, that was the difference.
“Now for the sake of the Big 12 teams, it is better because they will have that one more game against a quality opponent.”
Hancock did add a word of caution. The championship game can hurt as well as help, as the Big 12 understands all too well.
“We all do realize they’re subject to an undefeated team losing in the championship game, as we all knew could happen and they proved could happen back in the BCS days,” Hancock said.
Briefly: Hancock said he didn’t know if the CFP will pursue bids this fall for the championship game in 2021 and beyond. “Our original sort of pie in the sky thought a couple of years ago was to start the process this fall and finish next spring,” Hancock said. “But we’re not wedded to that. It could start sooner or later.” . CFP chief financial officer Reid Sigmon is leaving to become executive associate athletic director at Tennessee. Sigmon had worked for new Tennessee AD John Currie at Kansas State.