ARLINGTON, Texas â€” The Big 12 will have a presence on championship Saturday next season. The only questions are whether the revamped 10-team league will play more than one game the first Saturday in December and whether Bedlam 2011 in Stillwater is at the top of the list.
"We're still analyzing that, talking to our television partners," said Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe. "I fully expect a game or two (to be moved), maybe more than that.
"It probably will be game(s) we anticipate will be meaningful for the conference race at that point and time. Some of the big rivalry games are being looked at right now. But I'd hate to get out there without having full involvement of our membership. We've had internal discussions."
The Big 12 title game will end the same year the Big Ten and Pac 10 will be adding a championship game for the first time.
"It's absolutely imperative the Big 12 conference has a significant presence championship Saturday," said OU athletic director Joe Castiglione. "We haven't talked about specific matchups but a number has been mentioned as possibilities."
Beebe said he has ambivalent feelings, wistful the conference title game is being eliminated. But he said he's excited every team will play each other during the regular season.
"We've seen in the past with other conferences those end-of-the-year games can be of even more significance than the championship game in some other conference," Beebe said. "In the past our coaches have been if not unanimous, nearly unanimous against having a championship game."