3-point stance: The Big 12's title game quandary

1. There is nothing magical about a conference needing 12 teams in order to have a championship game. Think of all the realignment havoc that has been raised because that NCAA legislation, originally meant for Division II some 25 years ago, was written in such a way that it could apply to Division I. If it hadn't zeroed in on a minimum of 12 teams, the Big Eight, Big East, etc., might still exist. So it never made sense that the other conferences should have any say in whether the 10-team Big 12 has a championship game or not.

2. Now that the NCAA Division I Council has approved a rule that will allow the Big 12 and any other conference without 12 teams to have a championship game, the Big 12 has a decision to make. The lack of a 13th game cost the league a spot in the playoff on 2014. This season, Oklahoma clinched a spot in the playoff and didn't have to risk it by playing in a championship game. A 13th game could produce revenue, and that will be enticing. But it should quell the desire to expand, unless the Big 12 picks teams that would deliver TV sets. UConn? Cincinnati? UCF? USF?

3. Mike Ekeler, the new defensive coordinator at North Texas, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he has set a record, and he may be right. “I'm the only coach in the history of the NCAA to be part of two staffs that get fired after winning 10 games and finishing with a top-10 defense,” Ekeler said. He was on the Lane Kiffin/Ed Orgeron staff at USC in 2013, and on Mark Richt's staff at Georgia in 2015. Ekeler won't extend the record any time soon in Denton. The Mean Green went 1-11 this year.