Big 12 sets 2017 Championship Game kickoff time

By Kevin Kelley -

The 2017 Big 12 Football Championship Game will kickoff at 12:30pm ET/11:30am CT, the conference officially announced on Wednesday.

The game is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 2 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. AT&T Stadium will also host the game each season through 2021.

Initially, Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby indicated that the conference would split into two five-team divisions and retain a full round-robin schedule. Instead of division winners, the championship game will match the top two finishers in the overall conference standings.

“There is great anticipation with the return of the Big 12 Football Championship and we look forward to hosting the event in AT&T Stadium for the next five years,” Bowlsby stated last year. “The building is a state of the art facility and offers many amenities that will be enjoyed by our institutions and fans.”

FOX will televise this seasons game and in odd-numbered seasons through 2023. ABC/ESPN will televise the 2018 contest and ensuing games in even-numbered seasons through 2024.

The last Big 12 Football Championship Game was played in 2010. Host sites for the game included Arlington, TX (2), Kansas City, MO (5), San Antonio, TX (3), Houston, TX (2), Dallas, TX (1), and St. Louis, MO (2).

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Wishful thinking: It would be nice to see Oklahoma, Oklahoma St, Texas & W.Virginia come over to the SEC. This way Oklahoma gets to keep their rivalry with Oklahoma St, not that it is that big of a rivalry since The Cowboys have only won twice in the last 14 years. Texas & Texas A&M can get back together & W.Virginia can find a place in the SEC East & don’t have to fly from the far east to the Midwest, that never made sense to me. I just don’t see the BIG-12 surviving much longer once the other conferences come calling to increase the teams for their conferences.

Ok lets suppose College Football makes a few radical changes

1. 11 games between Labor Day and Thanksgiving, with 1 pre-season game against an FCS team for all FBS teams.
2. No conference championship games because the playoff goes to 16-teams with 12 conference champs and 4 at-large teams making it. 1st round the weekend the conference championship games are normally played at top 8 seeds. Final 3 rounds at neutral sites. 2nd round Saturday that falls between December 17-23, Semis New Year’s Day Final 2nd Monday of year January 8-14

Below is what it could look like

American (10)
Boston College
Cincinnati
Connecticut
Louisville
Pittsburgh
Rutgers
Syracuse
Temple
Virginia Tech
West Virginia

Atlantic Coastal (10)
Clemson
Duke
Florida State
Georgia Tech
Maryland
Miami (FL)
North Carolina
North Carolina State
Wake Forest
Virginia

Big Eight (8)
Colorado
Iowa State
Kansas
Kansas State
Missouri
Nebraska
Oklahoma
Oklahoma State

Big Ten (11)
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Michigan
Michigan State
Minnesota
Northwestern
Ohio State
Penn State
Purdue
Wisconsin

Conference USA (8)
Houston
Memphis
Rice
Southern Methodist
Southern Mississippi
Texas-El Paso
Tulane
Tulsa

East Coast (10)
Buffalo
Central Florida
Charlotte
East Carolina
Florida Atlantic
Florida International
Marshall
Old Dominion
South Florida
Western Kentucky

Independents
Army
Bringham Young
Hawaii
Liberty
Massasasuschettes
Navy
New Mexico
New Mexico State
North Texas
Notre Dame
Utah State
Texas San Antonio
Texas State

Mid-American (11)
Akron
Ball State
Bowling Green
Central Michigan
Eastern Michigan
Kent State
Miami (OH)
Northern Illinois
Ohio
Toledo
Western Michigan

Mountain West (10)
Air Force
Boise State
Colorado State
Fresno State
Nevada
Nevada-Las Vegas
San Diego State
San Jose State
Utah
Wyoming

Pac-10 (10)
Arizona
Arizona State
California
Oregon
Oregon State
Stanford
UCLA
USC
Washington
Washington State

Southeastern (8)
Alabama
Auburn
Florida
Georgia
Kentucky
South Carolina
Tennessee
Vanderbuilt

Southwestern (9)
Arkansas
Baylor
Louisiana State
Mississippi
Mississippi State
Texas
Texas A&M
Texas Christian
Texas Tech

Sunbelt (10)
Alabama-Birmingham
Appalachian State
Coastal Carolina
Georgia Southern
Georgia State
Louisiana Lafayette
Louisiana Monroe
Louisiana Tech
Troy
South Alabama

David Mealy I say you’re wrong,it’s pretty weird that the The American is a Group of 5(Mid-Major)Conference in football but it’s a Major league in BASKETBALL,because of their UCONN Huskies(1 TEAM)has dominated! This is what College Sports has come to
Next thing you will know.YOU’RE GONNA SEE SCHOOLS LIKE Pittsburgh,Virgnia,Vanderbilt,Marshall,AND Miami(FLORIDA) TOGETHER IN A NEW CONFERENCE MAKIN’ IT G6 AND CONNECTICUT PROBABLY MOVES TO THE ACC CAUSING FLORIDA STATE,CLEMSON,Duke,NC STATE MOVING TO THE ATLANTIC 10 WITH NAVY,TEMPLE,UCF or USF,RUTGERS among others JOINING THE 4 AFOREMENTIONED.
AS BAD AS THING HAVE BEEN IN THE BIG 12(VIRTUALLY & ARGUABLY THE BEST/TOUGHEST CONFERENCE) YOU’LL SEE CONFUSING MOVES CONSIDERED LIKE IOWA STATE LOOKING FOR A STABLE CONFERENCE LIKE THE B1G AND A VERY DESPERATE OKLAHOMA STATE LOOK IN TO TRY’N MAKE THE SAME MOVE!
What beats me is why the BIG 12 hasn’t sought to gain from the SEC,try and add ARKANSAS & KENTUCKY,as well as take UTAH from the WACK 12!!!