Pac-12 Football Championship Game

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Pac-12 Conference Football Championship Game
Conference Football Championship
Sport Football
Conference Pac-12 Conference
Played 2011–present
Last contest 2015
Current champion Stanford
Most championships Stanford (3)
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]
Blue pog.svg – Northern division
Red pog.svg – Southern division
Green pog.svg – Championship Game site

The Pac-12 Football Championship Game is a college football game currently held by the Pac-12 Conference each year to determine the conference's season champion. The inaugural game was held December 2, 2011.[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.[1] 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) finished first but was ineligible to play in postseason games due to NCAA sanctions. The conference named UCLA (5-4) the South Division Champions and UCLA to represent the South.[3]

Broadcast rights to the game are held by Fox and ESPN under a 12-year deal, with the rights alternating yearly on a one-year cycle since 2012. Fox also broadcast the inaugural game.[4][5][5]

ESPN Radio carried the inaugural game nationally.


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

Year North Division South Division Site Date Attendance MVP
2011 #9 Oregon 49 UCLA 31 Autzen StadiumEugene, OR December 2, 2011 59,376 RB LaMichael James, Oregon
2012 #8 Stanford 27 #16 UCLA 24 Stanford StadiumStanford, CA November 30, 2012 31,622 QB Kevin Hogan, Stanford
2013 #7 Stanford 38 #11 Arizona State 14 Sun Devil StadiumTempe, AZ December 7, 2013 69,535 RB Tyler Gaffney, Stanford
2014 #2 Oregon 51 #7 Arizona 13 Levi's StadiumSanta Clara, CA December 5, 2014 45,618 QB Marcus Mariota, Oregon
2015 #7 Stanford 41 #20 USC 22 December 5, 2015[6] 58,476 RB Christian McCaffrey, Stanford
2016 December 2, 2016[7]

Results by team[edit]

Appearances School Wins Losses Pct. Year(s) Won
3 Stanford 3 0 1.000 2012, 2013, 2015
2 Oregon 2 0 1.000 2011, 2014
2 UCLA 0 2 .000
1 Arizona 0 1 .000
1 Arizona State 0 1 .000
1 USC 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.

See also[edit]

List of NCAA Division I FBS Conference Championship games


  • 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.


  1. ^ a b Fischer, Bryan (May 14, 2014). "Pac-12 to move football championship game to Levi's Stadium". NFL. Retrieved June 2, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Additional Pac-12 2011 Football Telecast Windows Announced". Pacific-10 Conference. June 1, 2011. Archived from the original on June 21, 2011. Retrieved June 2, 2015. 
  3. ^ Miller, Ted (November 26, 2011). "What do we call UCLA?". ESPN. Retrieved June 2, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Fox Sports To Televise Inaugural Pac-12 Football Championship Game". Pacific-10 Conference. January 6, 2011. Archived from the original on June 13, 2011. Retrieved June 2, 2015. 
  5. ^ a b "Pac-12 Announces Landmark Media Rights Deal With ESPN, Fox Sports Media Group". Pacific-10 Conference. May 4, 2011. Archived from the original on June 21, 2011. Retrieved June 2, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Start Times Set For Select FB Games". University of Oregon. June 1, 2015. Retrieved June 2, 2015. The Pac-12 Conference Championship Game will be played on Saturday, Dec. 5, at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. 
  7. ^ "Pac-12 announces 2016 football schedule". December 15, 2015. Retrieved February 22, 2016. the Pac-12 Football Championship Game at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Friday, December 2.