Following a vote from the Division I council Wednesday, the Big 12 conference is now able to hold a conference championship football game, while still keeping its 10-member construction.
The previous rule in place forced conferences to have a minimum of 12 teams in order to have the opportunity to play a conference title game between two divisional winners. That rule has now been modified.
As long as there is a round-robin schedule in the conference, any conference with less than 12 teams can now hold a title game between its two top teams in the final standings.
The commissioner of the Big 12, Bob Bowlsby, said after the vote that he would discuss a possible championship game with school presidents and athletic directors soon.
“This vote does not automatically mean the Big 12 will implement a football championship game,” Bowlsby said in a statement. “Our membership will continue to analyze its pros and cons.”