Football

Big 12 announces scheduling rule

Because of its annual date with Iowa, the new scheduling rule that the Big 12 announced on Thursday morning won’t affect Iowa State. 

This fresh non-conference requirement: Programs annually have to play at least one game against an "autonomy conference institution," that being programs from the ACC, Big Ten, Pac-12, SEC or Notre Dame.

“Schedule strength is a key component in CFP Selection Committee deliberations,” Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said in a release. “This move will strengthen the resumes for all Big 12 teams. Coupled with the nine-game full round robin Conference schedule our teams play, it will not only benefit the teams at the top of our standings each season, but will impact the overall strength of the Conference.” 

The Big 12 added that programs could only play one game per season against foes from the FCS. 

"This new scheduling requirement does not impact existing non-conference game contracts," said the release. 

This is more of a public relations move than anything. One misconception out there is that games that have been played the last few years were recently scheduled when in reality, most of those contests were put on the books a decade ago. 

Since the creating of the College Football Playoff, programs (even Baylor) have in general begun this scheduling method on their own. Fans just haven’t been able to experience the benefits yet. 

It’s a good move and I applaud the Big 12 for making it but as noted above, I think it is more of a cosmetic announcement than anything.