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Big 12 schools required to play game against Power 5 team or Notre Dame

The Big 12 announced Tuesday that it will require its members to schedule at least one game from another Power 5 conference or Notre Dame every year.

"Schedule strength is a key component in [College Football Playoff] selection committee deliberations," Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said in a statement. "This move will strengthen the résumés for all Big 12 teams. Coupled with the nine-game full round-robin conference schedule our teams play, it will not only benefit the teams at the top of our standings each season, but will impact the overall strength of the conference."

The Big 12 also mandated that its members play no more than one game annually against an FCS opponent going forward.

The new rule won't impact future games already scheduled. But if a Big 12 school has an opening on a future schedule, and that slate doesn't already include a Power 5 opponent, the school must then add a Power 5 team.

The rule figures to have the greatest impact on Baylor.

Kansas, which went winless this past season, and Baylor are the only Big 12 schools without a Power 5 nonconference opponent on the schedule for 2016.

Winner of the previous two Big 12 championships, Baylor played SMU, Lamar and Rice this season. The Bears have a home-and-home scheduled with Duke for 2017-18, but no other Power 5 opponent until 2023-24 against Utah. Since Baylor's schedule is filled out through the next three years, the earliest the Big 12 mandate will affect the Bears will be 2019.

The Big 12 joins the Big Ten, ACC and SEC, which already require that its members schedule a Power 5 nonconference opponent every season.