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Tiebreaking Scenarios
November 21, 2010
By Wendell Barnhouse | Correspondent

Both division champions in the Big 12 Conference have yet to be determined heading into the final week of the regular season and five teams are still in the running to be division champs. Here are the tiebreaking situations in both the North and the South.

South Division
Should Texas A&M defeat Texas on Thursday and Oklahoma defeat Oklahoma State on Saturday, the South will finish in a three-way tie as the Aggies, the Sooners and the Cowboys would each be 6-2. In this case, Big 12 rules state that the BCS Standings would be used to break a three-way tie.

The BCS Standings released Nov. 28, this Sunday, would be used to break the three-way tie and decide the South Division representative in the Big 12 Championship game. The team ranked highest in the BCS Standings would be the South Division representative.

However, there is a change to the tiebreaker rule (that was adopted before this season) that could bring in head-to-head results. If separated by one place in the BCS Standings, the Big 12 team ranked second could become Division representative in the championship game if it won the regular-season head-to-head meeting with the team ranked higher in the BCS Standings.

North Division
Nebraska owns the head-to-head tiebreaker over Missouri by virtue of its 31-17 victory over the Tigers on Oct. 30.

Here is what needs to happen for the five teams in contention for Big 12 Division titles:

Needs to beat Kansas and for Colorado to beat Nebraska. That would make the Tigers North Division champions.

Can clinch the North Division with a victory over Colorado or a Missouri loss to Kansas.

The Sooners need to beat Oklahoma State on Saturday in Stillwater. If Texas beats Texas A&M on Thursday, an OU victory over Oklahoma State would give the Sooners the South Division title

Oklahoma State
Can clinch the South Division title with a victory over Oklahoma. A loss to the Sooners plus a loss by Texas A&M would put Oklahoma and Oklahoma State into a first-place tie but Oklahoma would have the head-to-head tiebreaker edge.

The Cowboys would fall into a three-way tie for first with a loss to the Sooners and a Texas A&M victory over Texas.

Texas A&M
Would finish 6-2 with a victory at Texas on Thursday. If Oklahoma beats Oklahoma State, that would create a three-way tie in the South Division that would be broken as outlined above.

Big 12 three-way tie-breaker rule: If three or more teams are tied, steps 1 through 7 will be followed until a determination is made. If only two teams remain tied after any step, the winner of the game between the two tied teams shall be the representative.
1. The records of the three teams will be compared against each other
2. The records of the three teams will be compared within their division
3. The records of the three teams will be compared against the next highest placed teams in their division in order of finish (4, 5 and 6)
4. The records of the three teams will be compared against all common conference opponents.
5. The highest ranked team in the first Bowl Championship Series poll following the completion of Big 12 regular season conference play shall be the representative in the Big 12 Championship Game, unless two of the tied teams are ranked within one spot of the other in the BCS poll. In this case, the head-to-head results of the top two ranked tied teams shall determine the representative in the Big 12 Championship Game.
6. The team with the best overall winning percentage (excluding exempted games) shall be the representative.
7. The representative will be chosen by draw.
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