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Now, he’s changed his tune and said he’d have no problem accepting a split conference championship.

“I brought that up in our Big 12 meetings but they haven’t changed anything,” Stoops said. “You play the hand you have.”

“The rules are what they are,” he added. “I don’t make them.”

In the old divisional format, Oklahoma won seven Big 12 championships _ in 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010 and the title in 2007. It’s a remarkable run not only for its predictability but the sustained success of never going more than a year without winning it.

“It’s difficult and challenging with all the excellent teams. I think this is 11 of the last 13 years we’ve been in the last game with championship implications,” Stoops said. “It’s always tough. It’s hard to do. This game will be equally tough to go down and give ourselves an opportunity to win.”