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Big 12 Commissioner Reportedly Confused By Ohio State, Washington Getting Into Playoff

The College Football Playoff field is set, but it doesn't look like everyone is exactly in agreement when it comes to whether the right four teams were selected.

This year's College Football Playoff field consists of Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State and Washington - which means that for the first time in the event's three-year history, a team that didn't win its conference will be part of the field. Apparently, Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby is looking for some clarification on the criteria that needs to be met to be part of the field.

Bowlsby, in a statement to ESPN, didn't argue for any of his teams to be included this year. But he apparently would like some clarity on both non-conference scheduling and the weight of a conference title game.

"Obviously I acknowledge the difficulty of the task, but I'm not sure what I advise my members right now, because we've been telling them that non-conference schedules matter, and one of the four has an exceedingly weak non-conference schedule. And we've been telling them the 13th data point matters, and we added a conference championship game because of that. We've always heard that conference championships matter and division championships matter, and now it's confusing. I'll have some questions to ask when the time is right.

I'm just looking for clarity. We didn't have a team that was a likely participant in the playoff, and so from that standpoint it doesn't make a lot of difference to us this year, but I'd just like to know what we're supposed to advise our members. Does the 13th data point make a difference, or does it not? Does the conference championship game make a difference, or does it not? Are they only used as tiebreakers, or is it other metrics?

Bowlsby is referring to Washington with his "weak" non-conference schedule argument.

The Big 12, as it was reported earlier in the year, is adding a conference title game in 2017 as the "13th data point."

Bowlsby certainly makes some good points. But it's also true that every year is going to be different, and with only four slots being available, there are going to be arguments regardless. Hopefully, it'll all lead to playoff expansion sooner rather than later.