The Big 12 will once again have “One True Champion” in football.
A season after the conference was roundly mocked for a slogan that wasn’t put into practice when Baylor beat TCU but both teams were declared co-champions when they finished with the same league record, the Big 12 will institute a tiebreaker procedure this fall.
In the case of a head-to-head tie, the team that won the regular-season matchup will be declared champion. The Big 12 is the only power-five conference that plays a complete round-robin schedule, so every team plays each other once.
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If three or more teams are tied, these steps will be followed to eliminate teams from consideration. If only two teams remain tied after any step, the head-to-head tiebreaker will declare the champion:
1. The conference records of the teams will be compared against each other. For example, if Team A beat Team B and C during the regular season, it would be declared champion. If all three teams are 1-1 against each other, it’s on to Step 2:
2. The conference records of the teams will be compared against the next highest-placed team. For example, if three teams are tied and Team A beat the fourth-place team and Team B and C did not, Team A is the champion. If only one team was eliminated through this procedure, the head-to-head matchup between the two remaining would settle the tie. If all three beat the fourth-place team, their records would be compared against the fifth-place team, and so on.
2a. If there is a two-way tie among the next highest-placed teams (example: three-way tie for first, two-way tie for fourth), the head-to-head tiebreaker will be applied before the comparison against the teams tied for first begins.
2b. If there is a three-or-more-way tie among the next highest-place teams (example: three-way tie for first, three-way tie for fourth), the record of the tied first-place teams against the collective tied teams would be used.
3. Scoring differential among the tied teams will be used: the team with the lowest difference between points scored and allowed in games against the tied teams are eliminated from consideration.