Win the Iowa State game and they are in. No Big 12 Championship game needed.
And even setting that aside, it seems unlikely to me that any outcome of a Big 12 CG could've helped them one iota more than the nuclear destruction they laid down on Oklahoma (a top 15 team) on the same day as the other conference championship games. I mean, holy cow. If that didn't get them in, would a rematch with K-State in a title game have done them any better?
I understand the argument that the Oklahoma game would've happened earlier in the year and the Big 12 CG would've been an extra game against a tough team on that championship weekend. And maybe that would've been enough to make the difference in the computer polls, I have no idea. But I don't think that kind of logic really impacts the poll voters in the way that people are imagining.
I don't know...one way or the other it does seem clear that in the Selection Committee future of college football that winning a championship game is going to be something of a tiebreaker of sorts. I'll be shocked if the Big 12 doesn't go to 12 in the near future. Let's just hope FSU and/or Clemson aren't involved in that membership drive.
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