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Big 12/SEC bowl game might trigger a plus-one playoff

Berry Tramel: Alliance would pit a pair of teams that certainly would be involved in any playoff scenario.

BY BERRY TRAMEL Published: May 27, 2012

The Big 12 insider said talks with the SEC began before the realignment craze the last two years — which means Missouri and Texas A&M were, or should have been, privy to such information.

The talks resumed recently, and the leagues pulled the trigger because it works on a variety of fronts.

“With the wide range of options, we’re going to make this move because it’s going to do several things, including work towards stability for our league and the postseason,” the insider said.

“We wanted to make sure our leagues were in sync and in the right place to move or adapt in whatever comes forward.

Is it the last move we’ll make? I don’t know. We felt like it was the best move that gives us the chance to make other moves.”

Let’s be clear. Neither the Big 12 nor the SEC favors the plus-one. Big 12 interim commissioner Chuck Neinas has expressed his desire for a four-team playoff, and SEC commissioner Mike Slive was emphatic a couple of days ago.

“What’s in the best interest of college football is a four-team playoff,” Slive said. “I think it’s better for everyone involved in the game.”

But if a plus-one becomes the compromise position, the Big 12 and the SEC are in good shape, with the premier bowl game.

The Pac-12’s Scott said that before the Big 12/SEC partnership, the “idea of a plus-one didn’t have much traction, but I think the announcement’s a game-changer.

“We’re pretty far down the path on four-team playoff options, but given the very positive reaction to what the SEC and Big 12 have done, it’s possible that could get some traction.”

I don’t know what will happen. A plus-one now would be a bummer for those who have longed for an expanded playoff.

But in this part of the country, at least there’s this consolation: the Big 12/SEC champions bowl puts the Big 12 in prime position either way.

Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at He can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including FM-98.1. You can also view his personality page at

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