The vote on de-regulation is in and here are the results. The Big 12 can remain at 10 teams and now have a conference championship game. This vote doesn't require the Big 12 to have a conference championship game, but that appears to be the direction we are headed.
So moving forward it will likely mean that we could see a Bedlam rematch or a TCU/Baylor rematch championship weekend. Many had thought that if the vote had not gone the way it did, then the Big 12 would have had to expand to 12 teams. The possible candidates were BYU, Cincinnati, Houston, UCF, USF, Memphis, and UConn.
So here is the summary of today's events:
1. The Big 12 can now have a Conference Championship Game even though they are at 10 teams
2. This effectively kills any chance of expansion.
3. Strange rematches and matchups can now become even more common.
Here are some of the feedback from media around the country reacting to the news.
Big 12 wins its NCAA vote for the right to stage title game among top 2 teams. Bowlsby: "We ended up with a compromise we can live with."— Brian Davis (@BDavisAAS) January 13, 2016
What will a Big 12 title game do: 1) Give league more money 2) Open up league to possibility of top team losing and missing playoff— Bobby La Gesse (@BobbyLaGesse) January 13, 2016
Very dumb https://t.co/c1lkGIF41M— Jason Kersey (@jasonkersey) January 13, 2016
If OU had won 2011 Bedlam, it would've created a 3-way tie atop the Big 12 standings (OU, OSU, KSU all 7-2). Who plays in title game then?— Jason Kersey (@jasonkersey) January 13, 2016
I know I don't speak for everyone on this issue, but let's just say "I'M NOT A FAN OF THIS."