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Blair Kerkhoff: Paths to College Football Playoff should be the same distance in each conference

The Big 12 goes against the grain. Other conferences expanded and added championship games, the Big 12 shrunk and squeezed its football title game out of existence. The Big 12 believed last year it had two champions worthy of the inaugural College Football Playoff semifinals. The selection committee thought otherwise and granted spots to the champions of the four other conferences. Agendas in other major conferences filter through the commissioner's office. In the Big 12, the Oklahoma president, the Baylor football coach, anybody who doesn't like the wind's direction that day, openly expresses that displeasure. There is one area in which the Big 12 finds itself in a...