Big 12 Championship Game

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Big 12 Championship Game (defunct)
Big12ChampGame2008logo.png
Logo for the 2008 Big 12 Championship Game
SportFootball
ConferenceBig 12 Conference
Played1996–2010
Last contest2010
Most championshipsOklahoma Sooners (7)
TV partner(s)ABC
Official websiteBig12Sports.com Football
Sponsors
Dr. Pepper
Host stadiums
Host locations
 
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For the Big 12 men's basketball championship, see Big 12 Men's Basketball Tournament.
Big 12 Championship Game (defunct)
Big12ChampGame2008logo.png
Logo for the 2008 Big 12 Championship Game
SportFootball
ConferenceBig 12 Conference
Played1996–2010
Last contest2010
Most championshipsOklahoma Sooners (7)
TV partner(s)ABC
Official websiteBig12Sports.com Football
Sponsors
Dr. Pepper
Host stadiums
Host locations

The Big 12 Championship Game was a college football game held by the Big 12 Conference each year between 1996 and 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 held an overall lead of 11–4 over the Big 12 North in the game.[1] 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 Kansas State's upset victory over Oklahoma in 2003.

History[edit]

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 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 require that a conference have twelve members in order to stage a football championship game, the conference did not hold a championship game for the 2011 or 2012 season. Oklahoma and Texas have expressed that a conference title game hurts the chances of the conference to have a representative in the BCS National Championship Game.[3] The two schools had appeared in all but two Championship games, and throughout the championship game's existence, accounted for 10 of the 15 Big 12 Championships won, with Oklahoma and Texas each having 7 and 3 respectively.

Results[edit]

YearNorth DivisionSouth DivisionSiteAttendanceMVP
1996#3 Nebraska27Texas37Trans World DomeSt. Louis, MO63,109RB DeAngelo Evans, Nebraska
1997#2 Nebraska54#14 Texas A&M15AlamodomeSan Antonio, TX64,824
1998#2 Kansas State33#10 Texas A&M36Trans World Dome • St. Louis, MO60,798
1999#2 Nebraska22#12 Texas6Alamodome • San Antonio, TX65,063
2000#8 Kansas State24#1 Oklahoma27Arrowhead StadiumKansas City, MO79,655
2001#9 Colorado39#3 Texas37Texas StadiumIrving, TX65,675
2002#12 Colorado7#8 Oklahoma29Reliant StadiumHouston, TX63,332
2003#15 Kansas State35#1 Oklahoma7Arrowhead Stadium • Kansas City, MO75,491QB Ell Roberson, Kansas State
2004Colorado3#2 Oklahoma4262,310
2005Colorado3#2 Texas70Reliant Stadium • Houston, TX71,107
2006#19 Nebraska7#8 Oklahoma21Arrowhead Stadium • Kansas City, MO80,031
2007#1 Missouri17#9 Oklahoma38Alamodome • San Antonio, TX62,585
2008#19 Missouri21#4 Oklahoma62Arrowhead Stadium • Kansas City, MO71,004
2009#21 Nebraska12#3 Texas13Cowboys StadiumArlington, TX76,211DT Jacob Shaw, Texas
2010#13 Nebraska20#10 Oklahoma2378,802

Results by team[edit]

AppearancesSchoolWinsLossesPCT.
8Oklahoma71.875
6Nebraska24.333
5Texas32.600
4Colorado13.250
3Kansas State12.333
2Texas A&M11.500
2Missouri02.000

References[edit]

  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ "Big 12 Conference Concludes Spring Meetings; Future Championship Sites Approved For Football, Basketball". Big12sports.com: 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. A. H. Belo. Archived from the original on 16 July 2010. Retrieved June 21, 2010.