‘The Big 12 got it right’: Jenni & Berry weigh in on the football tiebreaker controversy

‘The Big 12 got it right’: Jenni & Berry weigh in on the football tiebreaker controversy

The Jenni & Berry Show: A vaguely worded tiebreaker, written in the offseason after the Big 12 expanded to 14 members, caused the confusion.

Berry Tramel

By Berry Tramel

| Nov 14, 2023, 5:02pm CST

Berry Tramel

By Berry Tramel

Nov 14, 2023, 5:02pm CST

Jenni Carlson and I discuss the Big 12 Conference’s football tiebreaker, which conference officials clarified on Tuesday. Until then, the language of the multiple-team ties scenario was so poorly written it raised legitimate questions as to its meaning. The clarification ensures that Oklahoma State would advance to the Dec. 2 title game in the event of a three-way tie with Kansas State and Oklahoma by virtue of victories over both teams. But it also gave ammunition to conspiracy theorists who believe the Big 12 has it in for Oklahoma because it’s leaving for the SEC.

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Berry Tramel is a 45-year veteran of Oklahoma journalism, having spent 13 years at the Norman Transcript and 32 years at The Oklahoman. He has been named Oklahoma Sportswriter of the Year by the National Sports Media Association. Born and raised in Norman, Tramel grew up reading four newspapers a day and began his career at age 17. His first assignment was the Lexington-Elmore City high school football game, and he’s enjoyed the journey ever since, having covered NBA Finals and Rose Bowls and everything in between. Tramel and his wife, Tricia, were married in 1980 and live in Norman near their daughter, son-in-law and three granddaughters. Tramel can be reached at 405-760-8080 or at [email protected].

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