Kansas State coach Bill Snyder and a few other hardy souls are the only ones around the Big 12 who can remember how revolutionary the conference’s idea of a championship game originally was.
Snyder was coaching Kansas State back in 1996 when the Big 12 came into being. He even coached in the conference’s first game, beating the late Coach Spike Dykes’ Texas Tech team, 21-14.
The Southeastern Conference started its title game four years earlier. But the Big 12 was considered cutting edge with the decision to have an end-of-the-year title game to decide its champion.
When asked Thursday on ESPNU radio’s “Full Ride” program by hosts Chris Childers and Rick Neuheisel, Snyder endorsed the concept of the Big 12’s championship game.
That opinion has been controversial in recent seasons as the Big 12’s last title game was conducted in 2010. But after TCU and Baylor were left out of the 2014 College Football Playoffs because of a lack of a “13th data point,” the conference has reacted.
Snyder, who sat out from 2006-08 before returning to coach again, never wanted the championship game to leave. And adding to that, he wishes the conference would go back to its original format.
“I’m pleased about it,” Snyder said about the championship game’s return Saturday when TCU and Oklahoma hook up.
“But I’ve always maintained for the (21) years since we initiated the conference with two six-team divisions and a championship game based off it,” Snyder said. “We’re part ways there and we’ve got a little ways to go, now.”
The Big 12 attempted to add two more teams last season, but never could come to a consensus of who to add. Nor could they settle on how many teams to finish with.
So the conference remained at 10 teams as it has since Missouri and Texas A&M left in 2011 and TCU and West Virginia joined to fill their places in 2012.
No prediction from Snyder
When asked who will win Saturday, Snyder didn’t make a choice.
“People who are defensively-oriented would fall along the lines of favoring TCU. Those who are offensively-oriented would follow Oklahoma,” Snyder said. “It will be a close ballgame. In all honesty I couldn’t pick a winner and I would say so, anyway.”
Snyder said the most important factor in the game will be TCU’s offense keeping up with Oklahoma.
“I don’t know if Oklahoma will score as readily as they have for most of the season,” Snyder said. “They’ll get points on the board. To me, it will depend on how will TCU put points on the board.”
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