In 2014, it was widely recognized that one of the things hurting the Big XII and their co-champion Baylor Bears when it came time for the playoffs was their strength of schedule. While other Power Five conferences mandate that each of their members take on a school from a P5 league, the Big XII wasn’t one of them.
On Tuesday, that all changed.
The conference is now requiring each of its ten members, in addition to playing a nine game conference schedule, to play one game each year against a school from the other four power conferences (ACC, Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC) or Notre Dame:
“Schedule strength is a key component in CFP Selection Committee deliberations,” commissioner Bob Bowlsby said in a statement. “This move will strengthen the resumes for all Big 12 teams. Coupled with the nine-game full round robin Conference schedule our teams play, it will not only benefit the teams at the top of our standings each season, but will impact the overall strength of the Conference.”
Currently, Baylor and Kansas are the only two teams in the conference without a Power Five opponent on their schedule for the 2016 season.