Big 12 Conference realignment will be a big deal for the league, and the 2018-19 season will determine which teams are eligible for the postseason.
But what exactly is a realignment and who decides who gets into it?CBSSports.com will answer that question in a series of articles coming up as the 2020 Big 12 season begins.
With the conference’s current membership up for renewal, ESPN.com has produced a 2018 Big 12 Rankings, which gives a complete picture of how each conference is ranked, including its current membership.
This season, Kansas State (No. 1), Texas Tech (No: 2), Kansas (No.: 4), Kansas State-Baylor (No : 7), Texas A&M (No.): 12, Texas A.&M-Texas (No 13), Oklahoma (No 19) and Oklahoma State (no. 26) will all be eligible for postseason play.ESPN.com also created a 2018-2019 College Football Recruiting Rankings, based on the latest recruiting rankings from 247Sports.
The 2019 Big12 rankings will determine the top five teams for the 2019-20 season, with Kansas State, Texas Tech, Kansas and Texas A & M at the top of the list.
The rankings will also provide a complete look at which teams will make the leap to the postseason in 2020-21, including how Kansas State will fare, as the Wildcats and Red Raiders have made the jump to the BCS postseason in each of the past two seasons.
Kansas State (7-2), Texas (5-2) and Texas Tech are the Big 12’s four ranked teams in the 247Sports Composite, while Kansas State is tied for the No. 1 spot in the Associated Press and No. 2 in the USA Today Coaches Poll.
Oklahoma State, meanwhile, has slipped from No. 3 to No. 13 in the AP Poll, while Texas A., Kansas and Oklahoma are tied for third with Texas.
The Big 12 standings were determined by using the 247 Sports Composite, which is based on 247Sports’ proprietary rankings, and includes recruiting rankings and ESPN.COM’s top 10 rankings from its Big 12 Recruiter Rankings.ESPN’s College Football Stats and Stats show how the league’s current rosters stack up to those of the 2020-20 seasons.ESPN Stats and Info’s 2018 Big 10 rankings showed Kansas State was No. 5 in the country.
The Wildcats have jumped to No, 2 in both ESPN and USA Today polls.
The 2018 Big Ten standings were based on both recruiting rankings of 247Sports and ESPN Stats and Statistics.
Kansas State jumped from No, 4 to No., while Texas Tech fell from No., 2 to No.-3.
The latest College Football Playoff rankings will be released on Tuesday, Jan. 17.
The 2020 Big XII schedule will be announced on Thursday, Jan, 19.