Big 12 Football Championship Game
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Big 12 Football Championship Game
Big 12 Championship Game
Conference Football Championship
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ConferenceBig 12 Conference
Current stadiumAT&T Stadium
Current locationArlington, Texas
Played1996-2010; 2017-present
Last contest2019
Current championOklahoma Sooners
Most championshipsOklahoma Sooners (10)
TV partner(s)ABC[1]
Dr Pepper (1996-2010, 2018-present)[2]
AT&T (2017)
Host stadiums
Host locations
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The Big 12 Championship Game is 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 returned during 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. From 2017 onward, the game features the two teams with the best conference records.

The Big 12 South led the series 11-4 and outscored the Big 12 North 463-324 in the first 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 game will be played at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas until at least 2021.[3] The game's current title sponsor is Dr Pepper.


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.[4] During June 2010, however, Nebraska and Colorado announced that they would leave the Big 12 for other conferences (the Big Ten Conference and the Pac-12 Conference, respectively) 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.[5]

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.[6] This led to 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.[7] The legislation passed on January 14, 2016 allowing a conference with fewer than 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 after a seven-year long gap of having no conference championship game.


Below are the results from all Big 12 Championship Games played. The winning team appears in bold font, on a background of their primary team color. Rankings are from the AP Poll released prior to the game.

Year North Division South Division Site Attendance MVP
1996 3 Nebraska Cornhuskers 27 Texas Longhorns 37 Trans World Dome o St. Louis, MO 63,109 RB DeAngelo Evans, Nebraska
1997 2 Nebraska Cornhuskers 54 14 Texas A&M Aggies 15 Alamodome o San Antonio, TX 64,824 RB Ahman Green, Nebraska
1998 2 Kansas State Wildcats 33 10 Texas A&M Aggies 36 Trans World Dome o St. Louis, MO 60,798 QB Branndon Stewart, Texas A&M
1999 3 Nebraska Cornhuskers 22 12 Texas Longhorns 6 Alamodome o San Antonio, TX 65,035
2000 8 Kansas State Wildcats 24 1 Oklahoma Sooners 27 Arrowhead Stadium o Kansas City, MO 79,655 QB Josh Heupel, Oklahoma
2001 9 Colorado Buffaloes 39 3 Texas Longhorns 37 Texas Stadium o Irving, TX 65,675
2002 12 Colorado Buffaloes 7 8 Oklahoma Sooners 29 Reliant Stadium o Houston, TX 63,332 RB Quentin Griffin, Oklahoma
2003 13 Kansas State Wildcats 35 1 Oklahoma Sooners 7 Arrowhead Stadium o Kansas City, MO 75,491 QB Ell Roberson, Kansas State
2004 Colorado Buffaloes 3 2 Oklahoma Sooners 42 62,310
2005 Colorado Buffaloes 3 2 Texas Longhorns 70 Reliant Stadium o Houston, TX 71,107 QB Vince Young, Texas
2006 19 Nebraska Cornhuskers 7 8 Oklahoma Sooners 21 Arrowhead Stadium o Kansas City, MO 80,031 WR Malcolm Kelly, Oklahoma
2007 1 Missouri Tigers 17 9 Oklahoma Sooners 38 Alamodome o San Antonio, TX 62,585 QB Sam Bradford, Oklahoma
2008 19 Missouri Tigers 21 4 Oklahoma Sooners 62 Arrowhead Stadium o Kansas City, MO 71,004 QB Sam Bradford, Oklahoma
2009 21 Nebraska Cornhuskers 12 3 Texas Longhorns 13 Cowboys Stadium o Arlington, TX 76,211 DT Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska
2010 13 Nebraska Cornhuskers 20 10 Oklahoma Sooners 23 78,802 QB Landry Jones, Oklahoma
Year #1 Seed #2 Seed Site Attendance MVP
2017 2 Oklahoma Sooners 41 10 TCU Horned Frogs 17 AT&T Stadium o Arlington, TX 64,104 QB Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma
2018 5 Oklahoma Sooners 39 14 Texas Longhorns 27 83,114 QB Kyler Murray, Oklahoma
2019 6 Oklahoma Sooners 30 7 Baylor Bears 23 65,191 WR Ceedee Lamb, Oklahoma

Results by team

Current members

Appearances School Wins Losses PCT. Year(s) Won Year(s) Lost
11 Oklahoma 10 1 .909 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2017, 2018, 2019 2003
6 Texas 3 3 .500 1996, 2005, 2009 1999, 2001, 2018
3 Kansas State 1 2 .333 2003 1998, 2000
1 TCU 0 1 .000 2017
1 Baylor 0 1 .000 2019

Former members

Appearances School Wins Losses PCT. Year(s) Won Year(s) Lost
6 Nebraska 2 4 .333 1997, 1999 1996, 2006, 2009, 2010
4 Colorado 1 3 .250 2001 2002, 2004, 2005
2 Texas A&M 1 1 .500 1998 1997
2 Missouri 0 2 .000 2007, 2008

See also


  1. ^ "Big 12 Announces New Media Rights Deal With ESPN & FOX Sports Media Group". Retrieved 2018.
  2. ^ "Dr Pepper Extends Corporate Partnership with Big 12 Conference". The Big 12 Conference Official Athletic Site. August 22, 2008. Retrieved 2018.
  3. ^ "Big 12 Announces 2018 Conference Football Schedule". The Big 12 Conference Official Athletic Site. October 26, 2017. Retrieved 2018.
  4. ^ "Big 12 Conference Concludes Spring Meetings; Future Championship Sites Approved For Football, Basketball". The Big 12 Conference Official Athletic Site. May 24, 2007. Retrieved 2010.
  5. ^ 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 2010.
  6. ^ Rovell, Darren & Purdum, David (December 12, 2014). "Ohio State bumps TCU from CFP". ESPN. Retrieved 2015.
  7. ^ "Report: Conference title game deregulation expected by 2016". ESPN. April 8, 2015. Retrieved 2015.

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