Many in the revamped Big 12 celebrate the impending loss of divisions, believing the North/South split built a wall that eventually fractured the conference. But Bill Snyder doesn't want to write off divisions just yet. The Kansas State football coach is clear on what's best for his Wildcats. Divisional play, preferably North divisional play, leading to a Big 12 championship game. And maybe he's on to something. As I've been saying, the Big 12 will profoundly miss its championship game and the stage it provides. Some have speculated that the conference could petition the NCAA for an exemption to the rule requiring at least 12 teams, split into two divisions, to stage a title game. Most observers, including commissioner Dan Beebe, have said other leagues would support such a waiver. But that would lead, most foreseeable years, to an Oklahoma-Texas rematch. Can't see Sooners or Longhorns signing off on that. The Cotton Bowl winner in October would be asked to return to the other side of Dallas two months later and beat the hated foe again. OU-Texas, one of college football's greatest spectacles, would be reduced to an opening act. But Snyder, thinking out loud the other night while we chatted about the new Big 12 order, trotted out an alternative. Two five-team divisions, then petition the NCAA to allow a championship game. Interesting. I think it could work. It would produce a championship game and preserve the sanctity of OU-Texas. Snyder hasn't produced particulars, but here's one way divisions could work in Big 12 football. Move Oklahoma State to the North. Play eight conference games. Give every school a crossover opponent that it would play every season. Bedlam. Texas-Missouri, to keep things as impartial as possible. Baylor-Iowa State. Kansas-Texas A&M. KSU-Texas Tech. Every year, teams would play every other Big 12 member except one. That would mean a rematch almost every year in the Big 12 title game, but why is that a problem? Some of the better Big 12 championships were rematches. OU-KSU in 2000. Colorado-Texas 2001. Sure, it seems a little squirrelly to have divisions when you're playing every team in the league sans one anyway. But we've got to think outside the box in trying to stabilize the new Big 12. "I'm a proponent of having a divisional conference,” Snyder said. "It works in our favor.” The proposed full round-robin, with teams playing a nine-game conference schedule, is appealing on some fronts. "For some schools, that should be the priority,” Snyder said. "I certainly understand that. If you're a Texas or an Oklahoma, then you're going to favor a round-robin schedule. If you're a Kansas State, you're not.” And here's why. A Kansas State, a Missouri, an OSU, will be hard-pressed to achieve a championship in a round-robin schedule. That likely would require victories over both OU and Texas. No one ever has beaten both Bob Stoops and Mack Brown in the same season. But with divisional play, teams need only a knockout punch. A one-shot chance at OU or UT. "We're in a different situation than a Texas or an Oklahoma,” Snyder said. "Having a North Division gives us an opportunity to compete for a championship which might be few and far between if we didn't have a conference championship game.” Moving to the North certainly would enhance OSU's title hopes. The Cowboys would give up a game in Texas every other year but could make up for it with a trip to Arlington. Would Tech and A&M, OSU's competitive peers, endorse the Cowboys' move north? Perhaps not. And they would have a point. Ideally, a conference with divisions would have two of relatively equal might. That's why losing Nebraska was such a blow; the Huskers represented the best chance for a northern uprising. Another problem: conference inventory. With the networks agreeing to pay the Big 12 the same money for 10 teams as it was paying for 12, television needs as many quality matchups as possible. A nine-game conference schedule helps. But so does a conference championship game. Even members of college football's Flat Earth Society — the Big Ten and Pac-10 — have expanded in part to stage conference championship games. If the Big 12 doesn't stage a conference title game in 2011, it would join the Big East as the lone BCS leagues without one. Maybe there are other holes in Snyder's plan I haven't considered. But five-team divisions are worthy of discussion. Berry Tramel: 405-760-8080; Berry Tramel can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including AM-640 and FM-98.1.