The Big 12 announced on Wednesday a new set of tie-breaking rules to determine a new champion during the conference’s spring meetings in Phoenix, Arizona.
Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby, who’s been in the news a lot, helped implement the new rules, which you can see below:
a. If two teams are tied, the winner of the game between the two tied teams will be the champion.
b. If three or more teams are tied, the following steps will be followed until a determination is made. Once a team has been eliminated from a multi-team comparison, it is dropped from further comparisons. If only two teams remain tied after any step, the winner of the game between the two tied times will be the champion.
1. The conference records of the three or more teams will be compared against each other.
2. The conference records of three or more teams will be compared against the next highest placed team(s) in the conference.
A. When comparing against the next highest placed teams, a two-way tie among the next highest played teams will be broken by head-to-head before the comparison begins.
B. If more than a two-way tie exists among the next highest placed teams, record against the collective tied teams as a group will be used.
3. Scoring differential among the tied teams. The team with the lowest difference between points scored and points allowed in games versus the tied teams are eliminated from consideration.
Indeed, it’s a convoluted process, but it’s one the Big 12 opes bring clarity to the subject.