Big 12 Wins NCAA Vote for Right to Hold Championship Game: Details, Reaction

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistJanuary 13, 2016

FILE - In this Sept. 1, 2012, file photo, the Big 12 Conference logo is painted on Mountaineer Field for an NCAA college football game between West Virginia and Marshall in Morgantown, W.Va. The Big 12 announced a new 13-year deal with ESPN and Fox Sports on Friday, Sept. 7, 2012, that is reportedly worth $2.6 billion and should provide long-term stability for a conference that once seemed on the brink of collapse.  (AP Photo/Christopher Jackson, File)
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After playing the last five years without a conference championship game, the Big 12 will bring it back after winning an NCAA vote.    

Brian Davis of the Austin American-Statesman reported Wednesday that the NCAA vote granted the Big 12 its right to stage a title game featuring the top two teams in the conference during the regular season. 

The vote was not unanimous, as Dan Wolken of USA Today reported the ACC and American Athletic Conference voted against this version of the Big 12 Championship Game, with the ACC seeking full deregulation of the current system. 

Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby told Davis the conference "ended up with a compromise we can live with."

However, per Davis, Bowlsby did not seem enthusiastic about this solution by noting the title game "guarantees an automatic rematch from the regular season."

Jon Solomon of CBS Sports noted Bowlsby "recently said he thinks Big 12 wants it (conference title game) for money and 13th data point."

The Big 12 has used its current group of 10 teams to market the catchphrase "One True Champion," because all of its teams played each other in a round-robin format during the regular season. It wound up working out this season, as the Oklahoma Sooners went 11-1 to earn a spot in the College Football Playoff. 

Last year, the Big 12 was left out of the playoff even though Baylor and TCU each had one loss at the end of the regular season. Ohio State was bumped into the No. 4 spot by the College Football Playoff selection committee after a 59-0 victory over Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship Game. 

Now, the Big 12 has earned the right to bring back its title game in the hopes of making sure a situation like 2014 doesn't have to happen again. The committee can keep the conference's top team fresh in its mind when debating which teams deserve to compete for a national championship.