Big 12 Parity Could Create Championship Week Chaos

Big 12 Parity Could Create Championship Week Chaos


MORGANTOWN, W. Va. — Much of the talk on the Big 12 coaches’ conference call Monday morning was of the parity in the conference and how it has turned the rest of this season into a situation where every game is a playoff game with the final goal being to reach the Big 12’s return to a championship game.

With no divisions, the conference will take its best two teams, the idea being that it enhances its chance to get one of four spots in the national championship playoff.

But as things stand now, it remains possible — and while highly unlikely, hardly impossible — that they could wind up choosing the two teams to play in the Big 12 championship game from six who finish at 6-3.

“Every game is a playoff to start the season,” added Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy, who is 2-1 with WVU, Oklahoma, Texas and Iowa State. “If you are in the top 20, it’s a playoff every week.

“The league will take the top two teams. That’s the beauty of college football. In college basketball you can get on a run at the end. “Baseball teams have lost 10, 12, 15 games and won the championship.”

But in football there’s 12 games and that’s it.

How could we wind up with six teams at 6-3?

TCU (3-0) — Wins over Baylor, Kansas and Texas and losses to Oklahoma, Iowa State and Texas Tech.

Oklahoma (2-1) — Wins over Kansas State, Texas Tech, TCU and Kansas, losses to Oklahoma State and WVU.

Oklahoma State (2-1) — Wins over Oklahoma, Texas, Iowa State and Kansas. Losses to WVU and Kansas State.

Iowa State (2-1) — Wins over TCU, Texas Tech, Baylor and Kansas State, losses to Oklahoma State and WVU.

Texas (2-1) — Wins over Baylor, Kansas, Texas Tech and West Virginia, losses to Oklahoma State and TCU.

West Virginia (2-1) — Wins over Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Iowa State and Baylor, losses to Texas and Kansas State.

Even if TCU beats Texas Tech to finish at 7-2 and clinches a spot, the other teams would be tied for the one other championship game spot … and the tie-breaker rules are almost undecipherable.

In the event two (or more teams) tie for second or any subsequent position, the tiebreaker procedures below will be used to break all ties as necessary. For the avoidance of doubt, only conference records will be used throughout the process:

a. If two teams are tied, the winner of the regular-season game between the two tied teams shall prevail.

b. If three or more teams are tied, steps 1 through 4 will be followed until a determination is made. If only two teams remain tied after any step, the winner of the regular season game between the two tied teams shall prevail.

1. The Conference records of the three or more teams will be compared against each other in a “mini round-robin” format.

2. The Conference records of the three or more teams will be compared against the remaining team(s) in the Conference standings from top to bottom.

a. When comparing against the remaining teams in the Conference standings any two-way ties will be broken by head-to-head competition before the comparison begins.

b. If more than a two-way tie exists amongst the remaining teams in the Conference standings, the record against the collective tied teams as a group will be used.

3. Scoring differential among the tied teams. The team or teams with the lowest difference between points scored and points allowed in games vs. the tied teams is eliminated from consideration.

4. Draw (In the event steps 1-3 cannot break a multi-team tie the prevailing team or teams will be determined by draw at the Conference office).

In the event tiebreaking procedures are unsuccessful and a draw is necessary in determing any portion of seeding, the following procedures will be used:

a. The draw will be conducted in public or with media attendance.

b. Institutions involved in the drawing have the right to have a local representative in attendance at the drawing.

c. A single slip of paper for each institution (with name or logo) will be placed in a container and will be drawn in order of seeding from highest to lowest.

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There’s nothing that beats a good sense of humor and apparently Rich Rodriguez’s son, Rhett, has it.

Rhett Rodriguez is playing for his father now and someone offered this tweet:

Arizona QB’s have rushed for exactly 1,000 yards this season. Tate 663, Dawkins 338, Rodriguez -1

To which, Rhett responded, with a couple of smiley face memes:

I give all the glory to God

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More on coaches’ kids.

Current WVU coach Dana Holgorsen’s son Logan has committed to North Texas.

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BY THE NUMBERS:

1 — QB Will Grier is tied for the national lead in touchdown passes with 21.

2 — The number of players ahead of WR David Sills in points scored this year. He has 72.

3 — WVU’s rank in passing offense … in the Big 12, behind No. 1 Oklahoma State, No. 4 Oklahoma and No. 5 Texas Tech.

4 — The number of receivers in the nation ahead of WR Gary Jennings’ average of 8.0 per game.

5 — WVU ranks fifth in scoring in the NCAA, averaging 44.2 points a game

6 — WVU’S has the No. 6 passing offense in the NCAA, averaging 362 yards a game.

7 — Halfway through his first year Will Grier’s 21 TD passes tie Pat White for seventh on WVU’s all-time single season TD passing list.

8 — The number of solo tackles LB David Sills had in his second game back against Texas Tech.

9 — QB Will Grier is 9th in the nation in passing yardage with 2,092. That would rank 13th all-time in full season passing for WVU.

10 — Number of career 100-yard rushing games for RB Justin Crawford

12 — WR David Sills leads the nation in touchdown passes caught with 12.

50 — The win over Texas Tech was Dana Holgorsen’s 50th as WVU head football coach.

99 — WVU’s rank nationally in punt returns

Speaking of numbers, WVU basketball has sold more than 7,200 season tickets to date, third most in its history.

Good things happen when you have Kentucky coming to town.