In 2011, the Pacific-12 Conference added Colorado and Utah, bringing the membership total to 12 teams. 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.
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.
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.