How the Big 12 may have scheduled itself out of the College Football Playoff

It seems only fitting that the weirdest arrangement in college football – a conference championship game played in a league that already has a full round-robin schedule – could feature a rematch only eight days after the teams’ first meeting.

Welcome to the Big 12, where in pursuit of the College Football Playoff, the zany becomes routine.

In case you haven’t heard, Oklahoma and West Virginia are barreling toward a regular-season meeting on Nov. 23 in Morgantown. But after a super-cool night kickoff on Black Friday, it’s very possible the Sooners and Mountaineers could then reconvene Dec. 1 in Arlington, Texas.

That isn’t set in stone, of course. With three games left, nothing is. But even as Oklahoma and West Virginia are both in the playoff conversation, the league is thisclose to what might be a nightmare scenario.

It’s not hard at all to envision the Big 12, in trying to design a system that pushes teams into the playoff, instead knocking itself out of contention. And if it happens, it would all be so very Big 12:

Take the best way to determine a champion – everybody plays everybody. Add a significant extra layer of difficulty with a rematch. And then, after all of that, do it the very next week.

“I think it’s less than ideal,” Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby says. “If it’s two evenly matched teams, it doesn’t take much imagination to see one game going one way and one game going the other.”

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