The Pac-12 added a pair of teams. The Big Ten added its 12th.
The Big 12? Well, it was the only major conference to lose members in the past year. What the league lost in general respect and bad publicity, however, it might gain in its road to a national title.
The early December roadblock has become all too familiar for teams in the Big 12.
Three times, the neutral site Big 12 Championship game has prevented a Big 12 team from playing for a much bigger trophy, most recently in 2007.
A Missouri team toting a No. 1 ranking into the Alamodome in San Antonio was muscled out of a title opportunity by three touchdowns to Oklahoma.
Two seasons ago, Texas needed a controversial extra second and a 46-yard field goal as time expired for a 13-12 win
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