These days Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby can’t make up his mind about wanting a title game for his conference, but Tuesday he reaffirmed his stance in opposing having a title game. This comes a few weeks after Bowlsby was pushing for title games to be deregulated.
Dennis Dodd of CBSSports.com explains Bowlsby’s about face:
The conference had been the only one among the Power 5 left out of the first College Football Playoff. It is also the only major conference that does not play a conference championship game.
Last week Bowlsby said during the CFP spring meetings the Big 12 was at a “disadvantage” if it didn’t add a 13th game. The statement came after a source said Bowlsby “pushed” CFP selection chairman chairman Jeff Long for clarification on why either TCU or Baylor was left out of the top four.
“What we heard is if we don’t go to a championship game we’re at a disadvantage,” Bowlsby told reporters last week. “All things being equal, 13 games are better than 12 games. That’s what we heard. So that gives us clear enough direction that we’re coming in at least at a modest disadvantage. We need to do whatever we can to mitigate that.”
From various reports, Big 12 athletic directors advised Bowlsby that there is simply not enough evidence to mandate a title game just yet. So, the Big 12 will continue to be the outlier among the Power-5 conferences for the time being.