Pacific-12 Football Championship Game
|Pacific-12 Championship Game|
|Conference Football Championship|
|Pac-12 Championship Game|
|Most championships||Stanford (2)|
|TV partner(s)||FOX (2011, even years)
ESPN (odd years)
|Best conference team's home field (2011–2013)
Levi's Stadium (2014–2016)
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.
The game pits the champions of the Pac-12 North (California, Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, Washington, Washington State) against the champions 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. 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 hosting three games.
In 2011, the Pacific-10 Conference added Colorado and Utah, bringing the membership total to 12 teams and forcing 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.
The first Pac-12 Championship Game was broadcast on FOX, the same network as the Big Ten Championship Game. Beginning with the 2012 game, TV rights will alternate between FOX and the ESPN networks with FOX televising the 2012 game. The FOX/ESPN deal is for 12 years.
ESPN Radio carried the inaugural game nationally.
|Year||North Division||South Division||Site||Attendance||MVP|
|2011||#9 Oregon||49||UCLA||31||Autzen Stadium • Eugene, OR||59,376||RB LaMichael James, Oregon|
|2012||#8 Stanford||27||#16 UCLA||24||Stanford Stadium • Stanford, CA||31,622||QB Kevin Hogan, Stanford|
|2013||#7 Stanford||38||#11 Arizona State||14||Sun Devil Stadium • Tempe, AZ||69,535||RB Tyler Gaffney, Stanford|
Results by team
Team selection criteria
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.
- Head-to-head (best record in games among the tied teams).
- Record in games played within the division.
- 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.
- Record in common Conference games.
- Highest BCS ranking following the last weekend of regular-season games.
Site selection criteria
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.
- 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.
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