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Big 12 Being Patient With Conference Championship Game

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Big 12 conference athletic directors and other officials met in Dallas on Thursday, February 4, to discuss the possibilities for a conference championship game in football in the near future.

The conference has hired a team of media consultants to advise them as they look into the various options for a title game.

Last month the league's proposal to allow to conferences with fewer than 12 teams to hold a conference championship was approved by the NCAA.

Now it's up to the Big 12 to determine when and how it will happen.

The league has touted itself as the only major conference to have all of its teams play each other in the regular season.

With only 10 teams in the league presently, a championship game would require a rematch of two teams who have already played.

Had there been a league title game in 2015, there would have been Bedlam two weeks in a row, because Oklahoma and Oklahoma  State finished first and second, respectively in the conference standings.

Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby says right now it's not likely they would host a title game in 2016, and the league seems to be taking a cautious and patient approach to looking into the options for a title game.

Bowlsby did say expansion was not brought up in the discussion about a football championship game.

The Big 12 had a conference title game every year from 1996 to 2010.

Since then the league has had only 10 teams and has not had a conference championship game.