Pac-12 Football Championship Game
|Pac-12 Conference Football Championship Game|
|Conference Football Championship|
|Most championships||Stanford (3)|
|TV partner(s)||FOX (2011, even years)
ESPN (odd years)
|Best conference team's home field (2011–2013)
Levi's Stadium (2014–2016)
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.
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. 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.
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.
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 Stadium • Eugene, OR||December 2, 2011||59,376||RB LaMichael James, Oregon|
|2012||#8 Stanford||27||#16 UCLA||24||Stanford Stadium • Stanford, CA||November 30, 2012||31,622||QB Kevin Hogan, Stanford|
|2013||#7 Stanford||38||#11 Arizona State||14||Sun Devil Stadium • Tempe, AZ||December 7, 2013||69,535||RB Tyler Gaffney, Stanford|
|2014||#2 Oregon||51||#7 Arizona||13||Levi's Stadium • Santa Clara, CA||December 5, 2014||45,618||QB Marcus Mariota, Oregon|
|2015||#7 Stanford||41||#20 USC||22||December 5, 2015||58,476||RB Christian McCaffrey, Stanford|
|2016||December 3, 2016|
Results by team
|3||Stanford||3||0||1.000||2012, 2013, 2015|
- California, Colorado, Oregon State, Utah, Washington, and Washington State have yet to make an appearance in a Pac-12 Championship Game.
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 CFP 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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The Pac-12 Conference Championship Game will be played on Saturday, Dec. 5, at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.