The Big 12 Conference is looking to make a statement this season. All teams are vying for the league’s championship.
Starting this season, the Big 12 will have a championship game at the end of the regular season. The move is to be put on par with the other Power 5 conference who deem a true conference champion by way of this final game.
Even though the Big 12 has all of its members play each other in the regular season, a true championship game helps determine who the best team is in an overall sense.
This weekend, no Big 12 team will face off against another Big 12 team. It’s not like the Big Ten, which has its opening game tonight as Ohio State plays Indiana. All 10 teams in the Big 12 will take on a team from a different conference.
There are a couple of games that will pit a Big 12 member against a foe from an opposing Power 5 conference (like West Virginia playing Virginia Tech). Other games pit a Big 12 team against a typical opening day creampuff from the FCS levels.
No matter who plays who, it is refreshing to fully have college football back after an extremely long hiatus. The first set of games welcomes us back to the highs of victory and the lows of defeat.
What’s peculiar about this Week 1, though, is that no Big 12 team will feel what it’s like to start the year 0-1. All 10 teams match up well against their opponents and will be walking into Week 2 with a record of 1-0.
The streak to be unbeaten begins tonight as Oklahoma State takes on Tulsa.