Two days after Alabama's latest national championship, a vote at the NCAA's annual convention could have a huge impact on which teams make the College Football Playoff going forward.
A proposal by the Big 12 Conference set for consideration Wednesday in San Antonio would deregulate how conferences conduct their championship games. It would let the 10-team Big12 play a title game without being forced to break into divisions or expand — and it would allow the other major conferences to potentially tinker with their championships as well.
If the Big 12 doesn't get what it wants, it could be forced once again to consider adding teams.
"We'd like the [current] rules to go away in order to set our own," Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said. "We ought to have a local prerogative."
Conferences are currently required to have at least 12 members and two divisions in order to stage a title game between division winners.
•Alabama won its 10th Associated Press national championship following its 45-40 victory over Clemson in the College Football Playoff title game on Monday. Clemson was No. 2, followed by Stanford, Ohio State, Oklahoma and Michigan State. The Amway coaches poll had the same top six.
•Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long will not be chairman of the CFP selection committee next season. Executive Director Bill Hancock said the chair position was created with one- or two-year terms in mind. Long still will be a member of the 12-person panel that sets the semifinal. A new chairman has not been named.
•The championship game's viewership was down nearly a quarter from last year.
The game averaged 25.7 million viewers on ESPN, down 23 percent from the 33.4 million for the inaugural CFP title game in 2015.
The audience was smaller than that for both of last season's semifinals.