NCAA recommends loosening championship game requirements

Fans who miss seeing old rivals play or dislike seeing the same few teams repeatedly appear in conference championships have reason for excitement. College football is a step closer to seeing some conferences scrap divisions and form new formats to determine who plays in the conference championship game.

Currently, a conference must play a full round-robin schedule to hold a championship game if it does not have two divisions, as the Big 12 has done since 2017. (The American Athletic Conference has operated for the last two years with an exemption waiver.)

But on April 28, the NCAA Football Oversight Committee recommended the Division I Council remove the requirements to hold a conference championship game and exempt it from the maximum number of games. This recommendation, which is not official but expected to be approved by the Council later this month, would allow conferences freedom to determine who competes in the conference championship game.

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