Win And Get In For WVU In Big 12 Championship Race
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — How important was that two-point conversion Will Grier ran into the end zone in overtime to beat Texas, 42-41, two weeks ago?
It may have won the Mountaineers the Big 12 championship … although there’s a whole lot of meat still on that bone.
With West Virginia losing to Oklahoma State on Saturday and Texas beating Iowa State, while Oklahoma survived against Kansas, the top of the Big 12 standings look like this going into the final weekend of regular season play.
1. Oklahoma 7-1
2. (tie) West Virginia (6-2)
2. Texas 6-2
4. Iowa State 5-3
Next Friday, Oklahoma comes to Morgantown to face WVU while Texas goes to Kansas to play the Jayhawks in a game in which it will be heavily favored. Iowa State is at home against Kansas State.
So who is in line to play in the championship game?
If somehow Texas loses to Kansas it falls out of the picture, no matter what else happens because WVU’s victory over the Longhorns on the two-point conversion would give the Mountaineers the tiebreaker with them if both have three losses.
However, if Texas beats Kansas and Oklahoma beats WVU, the championship game will be between Oklahoma and Texas.
And, if WVU beats Oklahoma while Texas beats Kansas, then the three teams would be tied with two losses and the championship game would be between WVU and Texas, WVU would hold the tiebreaker over both those teams with victories while Texas upset Oklahoma earlier this year in their face-to-face meeting.
Here is the tiebreaking procedure listed on the Big 12 website:
Tiebreaker Procedure. If two teams are tied for first place both teams will participate in the championship game and the winner of the head-to-head will be the #1 seed. If more than two teams tie for first place, the tiebreaker procedures below will be applied separately, to identify each participant in the championship game.
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 determining 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.