Some interpret this as the Big 12’s latest attempt to sabotage OU’s final season in the conference. Others say it was the fair thing to do. The opinions tend to (surprise) break along Bedlam lines.
The Big 12 clarified its tiebreaker proceedings on Tuesday, as Sellout Crowd’s Berry Tramel first reported.
Now, if Oklahoma State, Kansas State and Oklahoma are tied for second at the end of the season, it’s clear that the Cowboys would reach the Big 12 Championship game on the strength of their victories over the Sooners and Wildcats.
The “multiple-team ties” section of the conference tiebreaker procedures is worded so awkwardly that it leaves open to interpretation whether the fact OU and Kansas State haven’t played means a potential OSU-OU-KSU tie would be broken by each team’s record against the next highest-placed common opponent.
If all three win the remainder of their games, that opponent could be Iowa State, which KSU would have beaten, OU defeated on Sept. 30 and OSU lost to on Sept. 23 in Ames.
Based on the reaction on social media, some fans interpret this as the Big 12’s latest attempt to sabotage OU’s final season in the conference while others say it was the fair thing to do. Here is a sampling of the reaction: