With a championship game on the way in 2017, the Big 12 could be headed toward two divisions split into five programs apiece.
But splitting the teams may not be as easy as it seems. Should Oklahoma and Texas be in the same division? Or should the conference's biggest programs be split? What about TCU and Baylor, who have a tense rivalry? And what is the best scenario for West Virginia, as the conference's outlier? There are plenty of questions to be answered if indeed two divisions are formed.
On Monday, I took to social media to get some suggestions, some of you took it seriously while others, um, did not (although this is pretty good).
Here's a look at some of the best ideas with a quick thought on the plan.
Quick thought: I like Spencer's suggestion quite a bit actually. Bedlam could be a divisional title game instead of a conference title game as we've seen in recent years while TCU, Baylor and Texas in the same division could set up a similar situation. And it leaves some wiggle room for expansion.
Quick thought: First of all, Boom Town gets the nod for presentation, top-notch effort. Secondly, it's similar to Spencer's with similar strengths in terms of balance and securing rivalries. Although I must say, I'm probably leaning toward splitting the four Texas teams evenly (same potential weakness in Spencer's suggestion as well).
Quick thought: This isn't bad, why not have a little fun with it? Michael's plan could be a little unbalanced but every suggestion will have its weak points. I like the thought of Texas Tech being paired with the Oklahoma schools.
@BChatmon Lone Star & Moonshine Division: TCU, Tech, Texas, Baylor, West Virginia— Frogs O' War (@FrogsOWar) June 6, 2016
Tornado Alley Division: OU, OSU, KSU, Kansas, ISU
Quick thought: I like the division names and split of the teams. However, I could see the Oklahoma schools balking at being in a division that features zero teams from Texas. Particularly if expansion becomes a reality and results in fewer games in Texas for both schools.
Quick thought: Interesting names Emaw. It's also an interesting split with Oklahoma and Texas in the same division while splitting up the in-state rivalries in Oklahoma and Kansas. If the conference decides to color outside the lines, this may be a good place to start.