Pacific-12 Football Championship Game

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Pacific-12 Championship Game
Conference Football Championship
Pac-12 Football Championship 2011 logo.jpg
Pac-12 Championship Game
Sport Football
Conference Pacific-12 Conference
Played 2011–present
Last contest 2014
Current champion Oregon
Most championships Stanford and Oregon(2)
TV partner(s) FOX (2011, even years)
ESPN (odd years)
Dr Pepper
Host stadiums
Best conference team's home field (2011–2013)
Levi's Stadium (2014–2016)[1]

The Pacific-12 Football Championship Game is a college football game currently held by the Pacific-12 Conference (Pac-12) each year to determine the conference's season champion. The inaugural game was held December 2, 2011, at 8:00 PM ET/5:00 PM PT.[2]

The game pits the champion of the Pac-12 North (California, Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, Washington, Washington State) against the champion of the Pac-12 South (Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, UCLA, USC, and Utah). As of 2014, the game is played at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California.[3] Prior to that the game was played at the home stadium of the division winner with the better conference record, with Autzen Stadium, Stanford Stadium, and Sun Devil Stadium each hosting one of the three games.

Television broadcast rights to the game are shared by Fox Sports and ESPN.


In 2011, the Pacific-10 Conference added Colorado and Utah, bringing the membership total to 12 teams and causing the conference to change its name. At the time, the conference split into two six-team divisions and created a conference championship game. That year USC (7-2) was ineligible to play in postseason games due to NCAA sanctions. The conference named UCLA (5-4) the South Division Champions.[4]

The first Pac-12 Championship Game was broadcast on FOX, the same network as the Big Ten Championship Game.[5] Beginning with the 2012 game, TV rights will alternate between FOX and the ESPN networks with FOX televising the 2012 game.[6] The FOX/ESPN deal is for 12 years.[6]

ESPN Radio carried the inaugural game nationally.


Rankings are from the BCS poll from 2011-2013. Starting with 2014, the new College Football Playoff poll is used.

Year North Division South Division Site Attendance MVP
2011 #9 Oregon 49 UCLA 31 Autzen StadiumEugene, OR 59,376 RB LaMichael James, Oregon
2012 #8 Stanford 27 #16 UCLA 24 Stanford StadiumStanford, CA 31,622 QB Kevin Hogan, Stanford
2013 #7 Stanford 38 #11 Arizona State 14 Sun Devil StadiumTempe, AZ 69,535 RB Tyler Gaffney, Stanford
2014 #2 Oregon 51 #7 Arizona 13 Levi's StadiumSanta Clara, CA 45,618 QB Marcus Mariota, Oregon

Results by team[edit]

Appearances School Wins Losses Pct.
2 Oregon 2 0 1.000
2 Stanford 2 0 1.000
2 UCLA 0 2 .000
1 Arizona 0 1 .000
1 Arizona State 0 1 .000

Team selection criteria[edit]

Division standings are based on each team's overall conference record. In the event that two teams are tied, head-to head competition would break the tie. If three or more teams are tied, the following tiebreakers are used to determine the divisional champion:

  • The following procedures will only be used to eliminate all but two teams, at which point the two-team tie-breaking procedure (head-to-head result) will be applied.
  1. Head-to-head (best record in games among the tied teams).
  2. Record in games played within the division.
  3. Record against the next highest placed team in the division (based on record in all Conference games, both divisional and cross-divisional), proceeding through the division.
  4. Record in common Conference games.
  5. Highest CFP ranking following the last weekend of regular-season games.

Site selection criteria[edit]

During its first three years, the site of the Pac-12 Championship Game was the home stadium of the division champion with the best overall conference record. In the event that the two division champions are tied, then the head-to-head record shall be used as the tiebreaker. Previously, when they remain tied after that tiebreaker, then a BCS component would be used.

It was announced on May 15, 2014 that Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. will play host to the game for the next three seasons.


  • November 30, 2012 – Only 31,622 fans attended the 2012 Championship game, which started at 5:20 p.m. on a weeknight. It was also raining that day at the site of the game in Stanford, California.