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Bowlsby: Big 12 aims to avoid immediate title rematch if possible

Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby watches pregame activities at Amon G. Carter Stadium on Saturday ahead of TCU’s game against Oklahoma State.
Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby watches pregame activities at Amon G. Carter Stadium on Saturday ahead of TCU’s game against Oklahoma State. Star-Telegram

Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said the 2017 football schedule should be out “any day,” pending final tweaks following the announcement of AT&T Stadium as the site for the championship game.

Bowlsby, at the TCU vs. Oklahoma State game in Fort Worth on Saturday, said the league wants to try its best to balance the schedule to avoid an immediate rematch in the title game, scheduled for the first weekend in December.

That may not be possible in every case. For example, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State traditionally finish the season against each other in the annual “Bedlam” rivalry game. Last season, they would have met in a championship game following their regular season game.

The league is also trying to accommodate two bye weeks for each team, Bowlsby said. “But some of the computer models spit out back-to-back byes, which nobody wants,” he said.

Bowlsby said a standardized 14-week national calendar with two byes has been talked about, but in some years it would require fall camps to begin the last week of July, which college football has traditionally tried to avoid.

Last year, the Big 12 announced its schedule on Nov. 24.

Carlos Mendez: 817-390-7760, @calexmendez

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