The final crystal football of the BCS era will not wind up in the trophy case of a Big 12 school. But credit the league’s football programs with being the drama kings of college football on Championship Saturday.
Most leagues have trimmed their list of title contenders to two teams at this point. The Big 12 has three: No. 6 Oklahoma State (10-1, 7-1 Big 12), No. 9 Baylor (10-1, 7-1) and No. 25 Texas (8-3, 7-1).
Because OSU closes Saturday against No. 17 Oklahoma (9-2, 6-2), followed by the Baylor-Texas matchup in Waco, we’ve seen 30 percent of the league’s 10 members make it to Week 15 with legitimate Big 12 title hopes. That gives the Big 12 a de facto doubleheader of title games while other conferences have only one. Such final-week drama demands a tip of the cap to the league schedule-maker, which we’ll distribute along with other honors from the 2013 Big 12 football season: