Big Ten may adopt controversial Big 12 tiebreaker

March, 2, 2009

Posted by's Tim Griffin

I guess Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany must have been hibernating since his regular season ended before Thanksgiving last season. The Big Ten season ends pretty early with no playoff game.

That must be the explanation for why Delany is allowing his conference to adopt the archaic tiebreaker rule that bit the Big 12 last season.

For those of you who may have forgotten -- Texas, Oklahoma and Texas Tech all were tied for the Big 12's South Division championship with 7-1 records. In the fifth tiebreaker to settle the logjam, the team's BCS rankings were used, pushing Oklahoma past Texas despite the Longhorns' 45-35 victory over the Sooners earlier in the season.

That controversy ignited several weeks of consternation across both sides of the Red River. And it served as a talk-show and bulletin-board staple long after that.

I guess Delany must not have been listening or reading. Or maybe he didn't call Big 12 officials for their take on the controversy and all of the egg they had to clean off of their collective faces.  

Because settling ties by computer polls isn't a smart idea. The Big 12's controversy last season clearly proved it.



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