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Should the Big 12 have co-champions?

It's been so easy for the Big 12 since its inception.

Once a year, two teams would meet on a neutral field. Winner takes home the trophy and the Big 12 title to tack onto its respective history.

The league's done this fun little ritual 15 times. Oklahoma's won it seven times. Texas? Three. Nebraska tallied two. Colorado, Texas A&M and Kansas State all got one. That's simple. Fifteen years, 15 champions.

Now, the Big 12's decided to get a bit more complex.

All offseason, the only thing we heard out of the Big 12 was the league's new round-robin format would produce -- or so the league trumpeted -- "One True Champion."

And yet, here we are.

If Oklahoma State wins on Saturday, we'll have that coveted "One True Champion."

If Oklahoma wins Bedlam, I hope the Big 12 has a good trophy guy on call. Like last year, when it handed out five divisional champion trophies, it will need three Big 12 trophies.

Only Oklahoma would represent the Big 12 in the BCS, and would hold tiebreakers over Oklahoma State and Kansas State via head-to-head victories.

But, the Big 12 says, it would recognize the Cowboys and Wildcats as co-Big 12 champions. Earlier this week, Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops lampooned the "One True Champion" slogan, noting it should stay that way.

"In our eyes, there will be one," he said. "I don’t know any other way to look at it."

Me either. My thoughts: Sharing titles is the weakest of sauces. This isn't a junior high district title. We're hardly dealing with emotionally fragile adolescents. They're not going to be sitting around wondering why, if all three teams had the same 7-2 record in conference play, only one team got one of those cool crystal trophies.

Kansas State and Oklahoma State would have had their chances to beat Oklahoma. They would have failed.

Complicating matters? Oklahoma claims 43 conference titles in its history. Three of those were shared back in the old Big 8.

K-State coach Bill Snyder favors the split policy, calling it "a very positive thing for the players" in our program.

Rings are trophies are nice. Big numbers in the "Conference titles" column of each program's bragging rights make more teams look good.

One could make the case that the conference as a whole benefits from the policy. At what cost, though?

The Big Ten had shared conference titles forever, including a tri-champion in 2010, until instituting the title game this year after adding Nebraska to make a 12-team league.

With 10 members, should the Big 12 follow other conferences' lead and allow its schools to recognize titles that are won in the standings, but not head-to-head?

Vote in our poll.

Send me your thoughts, too, and I might run them later this week.