Big 12 Championship Game

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Big 12 Championship Game
Big 12 Championships logo.svg
Sport Football
Conference Big 12 Conference
Played 1996–2010; 2017–present
Last contest 2010
Most championships Oklahoma Sooners (7)
TV partner(s) Fox [1]
Official website Football
Dr. Pepper
Host stadiums
Host locations

The Big 12 Championship Game was a college football game held by the Big 12 Conference. The game was played each year since the conference's formation in 1996 until 2010 and will return starting with the 2017 season. From 1996 to 2010 the championship game pitted the Big 12 North Division champion against the South Division champion in a game held after the regular season was completed.

The Big 12 South led the series 11–4 and outscored the Big 12 North 463–324 in the 15 years the game was held. In the first eight Big 12 championship games, from 1996 to 2003, the divisions split four games each, with the north champion winning in every odd-numbered year and the south champion winning in every even-numbered year. However, the North division champion did not win after #13 Kansas State's 35–7 upset victory over #1 Oklahoma in 2003.


The first championship game was played after the 1996 regular season, the first year of play for the Big 12 (which was created from the merger of the Big Eight Conference and four teams from the Southwest Conference). Like the SEC Championship Game (which has been played since 1992), the game matched the winners of the conference's two six-team divisions. The championship game was held at several sites within the Big 12 states, with Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri, hosting more often than any other venue.

The 2008 Big 12 Championship Game was notable for the controversy over choosing the South Division representative. The Oklahoma Sooners, Texas Longhorns, and Texas Tech Red Raiders all finished with identical records and had each recorded a win and loss amongst one another. The Sooners earned a berth to the title game because they had the highest Bowl Championship Series ranking of the three at the time of selection. Oklahoma defeated the Missouri Tigers and earned a berth in the 2009 BCS National Championship Game.

From 2009 through 2013, the game was scheduled to be played at Cowboys Stadium, now known as AT&T Stadium, in Arlington, Texas.[2] During June 2010, however, Nebraska and Colorado announced that they would leave the Big 12 for other conferences in 2011. Because NCAA rules at the time required that a conference have 12 members in order to stage a football championship game that was exempt from NCAA limits on regular-season games, the conference dropped the championship game following the 2010 season. During this time, Oklahoma and Texas had expressed that a conference title game hurt the chances of the conference to have a representative in the BCS National Championship Game, and now the College Football Playoff, which started in 2014.[3]

In December 2014 after completing the first season with the College Football Playoff, Baylor and TCU both finished the season with an 8–1 conference record and were declared co-champions by the conference despite Baylor's head-to-head win over TCU. When the selection committee met to set the teams for the first playoff, both Baylor and TCU were overlooked in favor of teams that competed in and won their conference's championship game, leaving the Big 12 out of the playoffs.[4] This led to plenty of criticism of how the Big 12 determined its champion.

In April 2015, legislation was developed by the ACC and the Big 12 to deregulate conference championship games. It was announced by NCAA officials as being expected to pass in time for the start of the 2016 season.[5] The legislation passed on January 14, 2016 allowing a conference with fewer then twelve teams to stage a championship game between the top two teams so long as they play a round-robin schedule. In late 2016, the Big 12 decided to bring back the championship game in 2017.


Year North Division South Division Site Att. MVP
1996 #3 Nebraska 27 Texas 37 Trans World DomeSt. Louis 63,109 RB DeAngelo Evans, Nebraska
1997 #2 Nebraska 54 #14 Texas A&M 15 AlamodomeSan Antonio 64,824
1998 #2 Kansas State 33 #10 Texas A&M 36 Trans World Dome • St. Louis 60,798
1999 #2 Nebraska 22 #12 Texas 6 Alamodome • San Antonio 65,063
2000 #8 Kansas State 24 #1 Oklahoma 27 Arrowhead StadiumKansas City, Missouri 79,655
2001 #9 Colorado 39 #3 Texas 37 Texas StadiumIrving, Texas 65,675
2002 #12 Colorado 7 #8 Oklahoma 29 Reliant StadiumHouston 63,332
2003 #13 Kansas State 35 #1 Oklahoma 7 Arrowhead Stadium • Kansas City, Missouri 75,491 QB Ell Roberson, Kansas State
2004 Colorado 3 #2 Oklahoma 42 62,310
2005 Colorado 3 #2 Texas 70 Reliant Stadium • Houston 71,107
2006 #19 Nebraska 7 #8 Oklahoma 21 Arrowhead Stadium • Kansas City, Missouri 80,031 WR Malcolm Kelly, Oklahoma
2007 #1 Missouri 17 #9 Oklahoma 38 Alamodome • San Antonio 62,585 QB Sam Bradford, Oklahoma
2008 #19 Missouri 21 #4 Oklahoma 62 Arrowhead Stadium • Kansas City, Missouri 71,004 QB Sam Bradford, Oklahoma
2009 #21 Nebraska 12 #3 Texas 13 Cowboys StadiumArlington, Texas 76,211 DT Jacob Shaw, Texas
2010 #13 Nebraska 20 #10 Oklahoma 23 78,802
Year #1 Seed #2 Seed Site Att. MVP
2017 AT&T Stadium • Arlington, Texas

Rankings are from the AP Poll released prior to the game

Results by team[edit]

Appearances School Wins Losses PCT.
8 Oklahoma 7 1 .875
6 Nebraska 2 4 .333
5 Texas 3 2 .600
4 Colorado 1 3 .250
3 Kansas State 1 2 .333
2 Texas A&M 1 1 .500
2 Missouri 0 2 .000

See also[edit]

List of NCAA Division I FBS Conference Championship games


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  2. ^ "Big 12 Conference Concludes Spring Meetings; Future Championship Sites Approved For Football, Basketball". The Big 12 Conference Official Athletic Site. May 24, 2007. Retrieved June 21, 2010. 
  3. ^ Carlton, Chuck; Sabin, Rainer (June 16, 2010). "UT coach Mack Brown not worried about lack of Big 12 title game". The Dallas Morning News. Archived from the original on 16 July 2010. Retrieved June 21, 2010. 
  4. ^ Rovell, Darren & Purdum, David (December 12, 2014). "Ohio State bumps TCU from CFP". ESPN. Retrieved May 4, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Report: Conference title game deregulation expected by 2016". ESPN. April 8, 2015. Retrieved May 4, 2015.