Big 12 Championship Game
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SportFootball
ConferenceBig 12 Conference
Current stadiumAT&T Stadium
Current locationArlington, Texas
Played1996–2010; 2017–present
Last contest2021
Current championBaylor Bears
Most championshipsOklahoma Sooners (11)
TV partner(s)ABC[1]
Official websitebig12sports.com
Sponsors
Dr Pepper (1996–2010, 2018–present)[2]
AT&T (2017)
Host stadiums
Host locations
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– Championship Game

The Big 12 Championship Game is a college football game held by the Big 12 Conference between the best and the second best Big 12 team. 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.

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 No. 13 Kansas State's 35–7 upset victory over No. 1 Oklahoma in 2003.

The game will be played at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas until at least 2021.[3]

History

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 among 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.

Results

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.

1996–2010

Below are conference championship games when the Big 12 was separated by divisions and the division champions would meet in the conference championship.

Year North Division South Division Site Attendance MVP
1996 No. 3 Nebraska 27 Texas 37 Trans World DomeSt. Louis, MO 63,109 RB DeAngelo Evans, Nebraska
1997 No. 2 Nebraska 54 No. 14 Texas A&M 15 AlamodomeSan Antonio, TX 64,824 RB Ahman Green, Nebraska
1998 No. 2 Kansas State 33 No. 10 Texas A&M 36 Trans World Dome • St. Louis, MO 60,798 QB Branndon Stewart, Texas A&M
1999 No. 3 Nebraska 22 No. 12 Texas 6 Alamodome • San Antonio, TX 65,035
2000 No. 8 Kansas State 24 No. 1 Oklahoma 27 Arrowhead StadiumKansas City, MO 79,655 QB Josh Heupel, Oklahoma
2001 No. 9 Colorado 39 No. 3 Texas 37 Texas StadiumIrving, TX 65,675
2002 No. 12 Colorado 7 No. 8 Oklahoma 29 Reliant StadiumHouston, TX 63,332 RB Quentin Griffin, Oklahoma
2003 No. 13 Kansas State 35 No. 1 Oklahoma 7 Arrowhead Stadium • Kansas City, MO 75,491 QB Ell Roberson, Kansas State
2004 Colorado 3 No. 2 Oklahoma 42 62,310
2005 Colorado 3 No. 2 Texas 70 Reliant Stadium • Houston, TX 71,107 QB Vince Young, Texas
2006 No. 19 Nebraska 7 No. 8 Oklahoma 21 Arrowhead Stadium • Kansas City, MO 80,031 WR Malcolm Kelly, Oklahoma
2007 No. 1 Missouri 17 No. 9 Oklahoma 38 Alamodome • San Antonio, TX 62,585 QB Sam Bradford, Oklahoma
2008 No. 19 Missouri 21 No. 4 Oklahoma 62 Arrowhead Stadium • Kansas City, MO 71,004 QB Sam Bradford, Oklahoma
2009 No. 21 Nebraska 12 No. 3 Texas 13 Cowboys StadiumArlington, TX 76,211 DT Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska
2010 No. 13 Nebraska 20 No. 10 Oklahoma 23 78,802 QB Landry Jones, Oklahoma

2017–present

Below are conference championship games after the conference began playing the championship game again in 2017. The first and second place finishers in the conference play for the championship.

Year #1 Seed #2 Seed Site Attendance MVP
2017 No. 2 Oklahoma 41 No. 10 TCU 17 AT&T Stadium • Arlington, TX 64,104 QB Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma
2018 No. 5 Oklahoma 39 No. 14 Texas 27 83,114 QB Kyler Murray, Oklahoma
2019 No. 6 Oklahoma 30 No. 7 Baylor 23 65,191 QB Jalen Hurts, Oklahoma
2020 No. 8 Iowa State 21 No. 12 Oklahoma 27 18,720* QB Spencer Rattler, Oklahoma
2021 No. 5 Oklahoma State 16 No. 9 Baylor 21 65,771 QB Blake Shapen, Baylor

*Limited attendance due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Results by team

Fourteen different teams have played for the Big 12 in its existence including all four former members. Of these teams, only Kansas, West Virginia, and Texas Tech have never played in the Big 12 Championship game.

Current members

Appearances School Wins Losses PCT. Year(s) Won Year(s) Lost
12 Oklahoma 11 1 .917 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 2003
6 Texas 3 3 .500 1996, 2005, 2009 1999, 2001, 2018
3 Kansas State 1 2 .333 2003 1998, 2000
2 Baylor 1 1 .500 2021 2019
1 TCU 0 1 .000 2017
1 Iowa State 0 1 .000 2020
1 Oklahoma State 0 1 .000 2021

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

Common matchups

Matchups that have occurred more than once:

Division era

No. of Times North Division South Division Record Years Played
3 Nebraska Texas Texas, 2–1 1996, 1999, 2009
2 Nebraska Oklahoma Oklahoma, 2–0 2006, 2010
2 Missouri Oklahoma Oklahoma, 2–0 2007, 2008
2 Colorado Oklahoma Oklahoma, 2–0 2004, 2005
2 Kansas State Oklahoma Tied, 1–1 2003, 2000
2 Colorado Texas Tied, 1–1 2005, 2001

Game records

Team Record, Team vs. Opponent Year
Most points scored (one team) 70, Texas vs. Colorado 2005
Most points scored (losing team) 37, Texas vs. Colorado 2001
Fewest points scored (winning team) 13, Texas vs. Nebraska 2009
Fewest points scored 3, Colorado vs. Oklahoma
Colorado vs. Texas
2004
2005
Most points scored (both teams) 83, Oklahoma (62) vs. Missouri (21) 2008
Fewest points scored (both teams) 25, Texas (13) vs. Nebraska (12) 2009
Most points scored in a half 42, Texas (1st half) vs. Colorado 2005
Most points scored in a half (both teams) 46, Colorado vs. Texas (1st half) 2001
Largest margin of victory 67, Texas (70) vs. Colorado (3) 2005
Smallest margin of victory 1, Texas (13) vs. Nebraska (12) 2009
Total yards 627, Oklahoma (384 passing, 243 rushing) vs. Missouri 2008
Rushing yards 335, Nebraska vs. Texas A&M 1997
Passing yards 384, Oklahoma vs. Missouri 2008
First downs 39, Oklahoma vs. Missouri 2008
Fewest yards allowed 46, Oklahoma vs. Colorado (50 passing, -4 rushing) 2004
Fewest rushing yards allowed −4, Oklahoma vs. Colorado 2004
Fewest passing yards allowed 39, Texas vs. Nebraska 2009
Individual Record, Player, Team vs. Opponent Year
All-purpose yards 442, Michael Bishop, Kansas State vs. Texas A&M 1998
Touchdowns (all-purpose) 4, shared by:
Ell Roberson, Kansas State vs. Oklahoma
Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma vs. TCU
 
2003
2017
Rushing yards 235, Darren Sproles, Kansas State vs. Oklahoma 2003
Rushing touchdowns 3, shared by seven players, most recent:
Mossis Madu, Oklahoma vs. Missouri
 
2008
Passing yards 384, Sam Bradford, Oklahoma vs. Missouri 2008
Passing touchdowns 4, shared by:
Ell Roberson, Kansas State vs. Oklahoma
Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma vs. TCU
 
2003
2017
Receiving yards 177, Collin Johnson, Texas vs. Oklahoma 2018
Receiving touchdowns 2, shared by seven players, most recent:
Grant Calcaterra, Oklahoma vs. Texas
 
2018
Tackles 17, shared by:
Dat Nguyen, Texas A&M vs. Kansas State
Lavonte David, Nebraska vs. Oklahoma
 
1998
2010
Sacks 4.5, Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska vs. Texas 2009
Interceptions 1, shared by 43 players, most recent:
Tre Brown, Oklahoma vs. Iowa State
 
2020
Long Plays Record, Player, Team vs. Opponent Year
Touchdown run 66, Roy Helu, Nebraska vs. Oklahoma 2010
Touchdown pass 81, Trestan Ebner from Jacob Zeno, Baylor vs. Oklahoma 2019
Kickoff return 69, Roderick Sneed, Colorado vs. Oklahoma 2003
Punt return 80, Jeremy Bloom, Colorado vs. Oklahoma 2002
Interception return 73, Aaron Killion, Colorado vs. Texas 2001
Fumble return 18, Caleb Kelly, Oklahoma vs. TCU 2017
Punt 67, Shane Lechler, Texas A&M vs. Nebraska 1997
Field goal 51, Kris Brown, Nebraska vs. Texas 1996
Miscellaneous Record, Team vs. Team Year
Game attendance 83,114, Oklahoma vs. Texas 2018

Source:[8]

See also

References

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  7. ^ "Report: Conference title game deregulation expected by 2016". ESPN. April 8, 2015. Retrieved May 4, 2015.
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