"In the end, how you get seeded, whether you access the tournament, often relies on who you play in the nonconference,'' Bowlsby said. "You don't often have anything to say about who you play in the conference schedule, but you have everything to say about who play in your nonconference. If you're the fifth-rated team and you've played nobody, there may be a sixth-rated team who played a representative schedule that gets bounced over the top of you.''
The Big 12 has discussed scheduling alliances with the Atlantic Coast Conference and Southeastern Conference other conferences, to help create more attractive and challenging games. Bowlsby said "that will allow us to ensure our TV partners of good matches and also give us a little more strength in the nonconference schedule.''
He said he expects there will be unbeaten teams left out of the four-team playoff "simply because there's somebody with one loss that is deemed to be a better team.''
He said he plans to talk scheduling with the league's football coaches soon.
Bowlsby also said the formation of the committee that will pick the four teams for the upcoming football playoff is progressing. He said it will be larger than the NCAA Division I basketball tournament committee, of which he was the chairman in 2004 and 2005. The committee could possibly even have former or current media members, he said.
"It will have a composition that includes people that are not on campuses or in conference offices,'' he said. "There will be people with solid football backgrounds. How big it will be, it could be 16, it could be 18, it could be 24. We haven't refined it to that point yet.
"We have begun working around the metrics with which we'll arm the members of that committee. It will be a lot more, obviously, than just taking the six or eight polls that are available to them and regurgitating what those things have to say. We need to work hard on formulating tools that will allow us to differentiate one good team from another good team. It's a process that cries out for the best thinkers we can get.''
At a meeting April 23 in southern California, the site of the first championship game could be finalized and "we'll know a lot more about the composition and rudiments of the committee,'' he said. "I'd say that we're right on the time frame.''