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TCU’s Patterson not sweating 2017 divisional alignments

TCU football coach Gary Patterson says he will embrace whatever division set-up the league devises to identify the two participants in the 2017 Big 12 football championship game.
TCU football coach Gary Patterson says he will embrace whatever division set-up the league devises to identify the two participants in the 2017 Big 12 football championship game. AP

TCU coach Gary Patterson said he has no strong preference for how the Big 12 will decide its participants in next year’s football championship game.

The contest will cap the 2017 season for the 10-member league and could be played at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, one of three venues identified as leading candidates by Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby. Also in the mix are Kansas City, Mo. and San Antonio.

Big 12 athletic directors have discussed the possibility to dividing the league into two five-team divisions now that league presidents have decided not to expand the conference. Other possibilities for determining the title-game participants are on the table, including a selection of the top two teams in the College Football Playoff rankings at the close of the regular season.

“I’m going to leave it to them,” Patterson said during Tuesday’s news conference. “It’s a hard league to play in because you play everybody. I think it’s going to be round-robin (scheduling) and your division’s going to be whoever you play. It’ll be interesting to see how they set it up.”

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