The return of the Big 12 championship game this season means a rematch between the top two teams in the conference at the end of the year, and TCU coach Gary Patterson doesn’t have a problem with that.
Patterson told the Star-Telegram’s Jimmy Burch that he’s fine with the league’s top teams having to play twice. In his mind, the No. 1 team has to welcome the challenge of having to beat a top opponent more than once.
“The key to it is: Are you worried about playing again, or are you worried about getting in the playoffs?” Patterson asked. “If you just keep your eye on what the prize is, here’s why we’re doing this.”
The conference re-instituted the conference championship game specifically to bolster its champion’s College Football Playoff resume. The playoff committee has knocked the Big 12 champion in the past for playing only 12 games, compared to the 13 games played by other Power 5 conference champions.
TCU probably would have loved a championship game rematch in 2014. The Horned Frogs were co-champions with Baylor under the league’s old rules that season, and both teams were ultimately left out in favor of Ohio State.
A rematch would have given one of those teams a chance at another top-10 win, as well as the “13th data point” that the playoff committee values so much.