|Big 12 Conference|
|Established||February 25, 1994|
|Members||10 + 11 affiliate members|
|Commissioner||Bob Bowlsby (since 2012)|
The Big 12 Conference is a collegiate athletic conference headquartered in Irving, Texas. The conference consists of ten full-member universities. It is a member of Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) for all sports. Its football teams compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS; formerly Division I-A), the higher of two levels of NCAA Division I football competition. Its ten members, located in Iowa, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, and West Virginia, include eight public and two private, Christian schools. Additionally, the Big 12 has 11 affiliate members, eight for the sport of wrestling, one for women's gymnastics, and two for women's rowing. The Big 12 Conference is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizationincorporated in Delaware.
Irving is a principal city in Dallas County in the U.S. state of Texas and it is also an inner ring suburb of the city of Dallas. According to a 2017 estimate from the United States Census Bureau, the city population was 240,373 making it the thirteenth-most populous city in Texas and 93rd most populous city in the U.S. The city of Irving is part of the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex.
NCAA Division I (D-I) is the highest level of intercollegiate athletics sanctioned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in the United States. D-I schools include the major collegiate athletic powers, with larger budgets, more elaborate facilities and more athletic scholarships than Divisions II and III as well as many smaller schools committed to the highest level of intercollegiate competition.
The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is a nonprofit organization which regulates student athletes from 1,268 North American institutions and conferences. It also organizes the athletic programs of many colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and helps more than 480,000 college student-athletes who compete annually in college sports. The organization is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana.
The Big 12 Conference was founded on February 25, 1994. The eight members of the former Big Eight Conference joined with Southwest Conference schools Texas, Texas A&M, Baylor, and Texas Tech to form the new Big 12 Conference, which commenced competition on August 31, 1996.Oklahoma and Oklahoma State were grouped with the four former SWC schools in the Big 12 South division, while the other six teams of the former Big Eight (Kansas, Kansas State, Colorado, Nebraska, Missouri and Iowa State) formed the Big 12 North division.
The Big Eight Conference was a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)-affiliated Division I-A college athletic association that sponsored football. It was formed in January 1907 as the Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MVIAA) by its charter member schools: the University of Kansas, University of Missouri, University of Nebraska, and Washington University in St. Louis. Additionally, the University of Iowa was an original member of the MVIAA, while maintaining joint membership in the Western Conference.
The Southwest Conference (SWC) was an NCAA Division I college athletic conference in the United States that existed from 1914 to 1996. Composed primarily of schools from Texas, at various times the conference included schools from Oklahoma and Arkansas as well.
Texas A&M University is a public research university in College Station, Texas, United States. Since 1948, it has been the founding member of the Texas A&M University System. The Texas A&M system endowment is among the 10 largest endowments in the nation. As of 2017, Texas A&M's student body is the largest in Texas and the second largest in the United States. Texas A&M's designation as a land, sea, and space grant institution–the only university in Texas to hold all three designations–reflects a range of research with ongoing projects funded by organizations such as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the Office of Naval Research. In 2001, Texas A&M was inducted as a member of the Association of American Universities. The school's students, alumni—over 450,000 strong—and sports teams are known as Aggies. The Texas A&M Aggies athletes compete in 18 varsity sports as a member of the Southeastern Conference.
The conference's current 10-campus makeup resulted from the 2010–13 Big 12 Conference realignment, in which Nebraska joined the Big Ten Conference, Colorado joined the Pac-12, and Missouri and Texas A&M joined the Southeastern Conference. TCU and West Virginia joined from the Mountain West and Big East Conferences respectively to offset two of the departing schools, bringing the conference to its current strength.
The 2010–13 Big 12 Conference realignment refers to the Big 12 Conference dealing with several proposed and actual conference expansion and reduction plans among various NCAA conferences and institutions. Part of the larger NCAA conference realignment, beginning in the 2010–11 academic year and continuing to the present, the Big 12 was one of the more severely impacted conferences. In all four schools have departed and two have joined
The Big Ten Conference is the oldest Division I collegiate athletic conference in the United States. It is based in suburban Chicago, Illinois. For decades the conference consisted of 10 universities but the present conference has 14 member institutions. They compete in the NCAA Division I; its football teams compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), formerly known as Division I-A, the highest level of NCAA competition in that sport. The conference includes the flagship public university in each of 11 states stretching from New Jersey to Nebraska, as well as two additional public land-grant schools and a private university.
The Pac-12 Conference is a collegiate athletic conference that operates in the Western United States, participating in 24 sports at the NCAA Division I level. Its football teams compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision, the higher of two tiers of NCAA Division I football competition.
The Big 12 Conference, like others involved in the realignment, has kept its name primarily for marketing purposes; the conference has high name recognition and remains one of the Power Five conferences which are considered the primary contenders to produce a College Football Playoff champion team in any given year. Attempts to rename the Big 12 to reflect its current strength would lead to confusion with the current Big Ten Conference (which currently has 14 teams).
In college football, the term Power Five conferences refers to five athletic conferences whose members are part of the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of NCAA Division I, the highest level of collegiate football in the United States. The conferences are the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), Big Ten Conference (B1G), Big 12 Conference, Pac-12 Conference, and Southeastern Conference (SEC). The term "Power Five" is not defined by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), and the origin of the term is unknown. It has been used in its current meaning since at least 2006. The term is also used in other college sports, although in basketball there are considered at least six, and as many as eight high-major conferences.
The College Football Playoff (CFP) is an annual postseason knockout invitational tournament to determine a national champion of the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), the highest level of college football competition in the United States. The inaugural tournament was held at the end of the 2014 NCAA Division I FBS football season which was won by Ohio State. Four teams play in two semifinal games, and the winner of each semifinal advances to the College Football Playoff National Championship game.
The Big 12 Conference commissioner is Bob Bowlsby.
|Baylor University||Waco, Texas||1845||1996||Private||16,787||Bears/Lady Bears|
|Iowa State University||Ames, Iowa||1858||Public||36,660||Cyclones|
|University of Kansas||Lawrence, Kansas||1865||28,091||Jayhawks|
|Kansas State University||Manhattan, Kansas||1863||23,779||Wildcats|
|University of Oklahoma||Norman, Oklahoma||1890||30,824||Sooners|
|Oklahoma State University||Stillwater, Oklahoma||1890||23,459||Cowboys/Cowgirls|
|Texas Christian University||Fort Worth, Texas||1873||2012||Private||10,394||Horned Frogs|
|University of Texas at Austin||Austin, Texas||1883||1996||Public||50,950||Longhorns|
|Texas Tech University||Lubbock, Texas||1923||38,300||Red Raiders|
|West Virginia University||Morgantown, West Virginia||1867||2012||31,287||Mountaineers|
|United States Air Force Academy||Colorado Springs, Colorado||1954||2015||Military academy||4,000||Falcons||Wrestling|
|University of Alabama||Tuscaloosa, Alabama||1831||2014||Public||36,155||Crimson Tide||Women's rowing|
|University of Denver||Denver, Colorado||1864||2015||Private||11,809||Pioneers||Women's gymnastics|
|California State University, Fresno||Fresno, California||1911||2017||Public||24,405||Bulldogs||Wrestling|
|University of Northern Colorado||Greeley, Colorado||1889||2015||12,084||Bears|
|University of Northern Iowa||Cedar Falls, Iowa||1876||2017||13,914||Panthers|
|North Dakota State University||Fargo, North Dakota||1890||2015||14,747||Bison|
|South Dakota State University||Brookings, South Dakota||1881||2015||12,554||Jackrabbits|
|University of Tennessee||Knoxville, Tennessee||1794||2014||27,523||Volunteers||Women's rowing|
|Utah Valley University||Orem, Utah||1941||2015||31,556||Wolverines||Wrestling|
|University of Wyoming||Laramie, Wyoming||1886||2015||13,992||Cowboys|
|University of Colorado Boulder||Boulder, Colorado||1876||1996||2011||Public||30,128||Buffaloes||Pac-12|
|University of Missouri||Columbia, Missouri||1839||2012||34,255||Tigers||SEC|
|University of Nebraska–Lincoln||Lincoln, Nebraska||1869||2011||24,100||Cornhuskers||Big Ten|
|Texas A&M University||College Station, Texas||1876||2012||53,337||Aggies||SEC|
|Old Dominion University||Norfolk, Virginia||1930||2014||2018||Public||24,125||Monarchs||Women's rowing||The American|
Full membersAssoc. member (Other sports)Other Conference
The Big 12 Conference sponsors championship competition in ten men's and thirteen women's NCAA sanctioned sports.
|Swimming & Diving||3||5|
|Track and Field (Indoor)||9||10|
|Track and Field (Outdoor)||9||10|
|North Dakota State||1|
|South Dakota State||1|
Men's (and Coed – see Rifle) varsity sports not sponsored by the Big 12 Conference which are played by Big 12 schools:
|Oklahoma||Mountain Pacific Sports Federation||No||No|
|TCU||No||Patriot Rifle Conference||No|
|West Virginia||No||Great America Rifle Conference||Mid-American Conference|
Women's (and Coed – see Rifle) varsity sports not sponsored by the Big 12 Conference which are played by Big 12 schools:
|TCU||Coastal Collegiate Sports Association||Patriot Rifle Conference|
|West Virginia||No||Great America Rifle Conference|
The Big 12 Conference is a major college athletic conference in the United States, having formed in February 1994 when four prominent colleges from Texas that were members of the Southwest Conference were invited to join the eight members of the Big Eight Conference to form a new 12 member conference. The Big 12 does not claim the Big Eight's history as its own, even though it was essentially the Big Eight plus the four Texas schools.
The Big 12 began athletic play in the fall of 1996, with the Texas Tech vs. Kansas State football game being the first-ever sports event staged by the conference. From its formation until 2011, its 12 members competed in two divisions. Between 2011 and 2012 four charter members left the conference, while two schools joined in 2012.
The Big 12 is unique among the current "Power Five" conferences in that it only has 10 members, despite the name, causing some confusion. From 1987 to 2015, 12 or more members were required for an "exempt" conference championship game—that is, one that did not count against NCAA limits for regular-season games (currently 12 in FBS)—although the first such game was not established until the SEC did so in 1992.(Since the 2014 season, the Pac-12 has 12 members, while the ACC, Big Ten, and SEC have 14 football members each.)
Former Texas Athletic Director DeLoss Dodds and former football coach Mack Brown, along with Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops, preferred not to have a championship game.Critics argued it was a competitive advantage over other contract conferences. Conferences with a championship game have their division champions typically play one of their toughest games of the year in the last week of the regular season. Unlike the other "Power 5" conferences in which a team only plays a portion of the other teams in the conference each season, each Big 12 team plays the other nine teams during its conference schedule. This theoretically allows for the declaration of a de facto champion without the need for an additional rematch between the top two teams in the conference.
On June 3, 2016, the conference announced it would reinstate the football championship game in the 2017 season.This followed the passage of a new NCAA rule allowing all FBS conferences to hold "exempt" football championship games regardless of their membership numbers.
The Big 12 schools are located in the states of Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, West Virginia and Iowa. These states have a combined population of 37.8 million.[ citation needed ]
As of 2013, out of the 115.6 million TV households nationwide there are 13,427,130 TV households in those states (11.6%),although Morgantown, West Virginia where WVU is based is in the Pittsburgh television market, which increases the Big 12's television base well into Pennsylvania, and Lawrence, Kansas, where KU is based, is in the Kansas City television market, increasing the base into western Missouri. The Big 12's share of the nation's TVs is similar to that reached by the rest of the Power Five. The conference negotiated tier 1 and 2 TV contracts with total payouts similar to those of the other Power Five conferences.
Member schools granted their first and second tier sports media rights to the conference for the length of their current TV deals. The Grant of Rights (GOR) deal with the leagues' TV contracts ensures that "if a Big 12 school leaves for another league in the next 13 years, that school's media rights, including revenue, would remain with the Big 12 and not its new conference."
GOR is seen by league members as a "foundation of stability" and allowed the Big 12 to be "positioned with one of the best media rights arrangements in collegiate sports, providing the conference and its members unprecedented revenue growth, and sports programming over two networks." All members agreed to the GOR and later agreed to extend the initial 6-year deal to 13 years to correspond to the length of their TV contracts.
Prior to this agreement, the Big Ten and Pac-12 also had similar GOR agreements.The Big 12 subsequently assisted the ACC in drafting its GOR agreement. Four of the five major conferences now have such agreements, with the SEC the only exception.
The Big 12 is the only major conference that allows members to monetize TV rights for tier 3 events in football and men's basketball.This allows individual Big 12 member institutions to create tier 3 deals that include TV rights for one home football game and four home men's basketball games per season. Tier 3 rights exist for other sports as well, but these are not unique to the Big 12. The unique arrangement potentially allows Big 12 members to remain some of college sports' highest revenue earners. Other conferences' cable deals are subject to value reductions based on how people acquire cable programming; Big 12 schools' tier 3 deals are exempt. Texas alone will earn more than $150 million of that total from their Longhorn Network.
|Year||Total distributed||Annual Increase||Per-school averagea|
|1997||$53.6 million||–||$4.5 million|
|1998||$58 million||8.2%||$4.8 million|
|1999||$64 million||10.3%||$5.3 million|
|2000||$72 million||12.5%||$6.0 million|
|2001||$78 million||8.3%||$6.5 million|
|2002||$83.5 million||7.1%||$7.0 million|
|2003||$89 million||6.6%||$7.4 million|
|2004||$101 million||13.5%||$8.4 million|
|2005||$105.6 million||4.6%||$8.8 million|
|2006||$103.1 million||−2.4%||$8.6 million|
|2007||$106 million||2.8%||$8.8 million|
|2008||$113.5 million||7.1%||$9.5 million|
|2009||$130 million||14.5%||$10.8 million|
|2010||$139 million||6.9%||$11.6 million|
|2011||$145 million||4.3%||$12.1 million|
|2012||$187 million||29.0%||$18.7 million|
|2013||$198 million||5.9%||$19.8 million|
|2014||$212 million||7.1%||$21.2 million|
|2015||$252 million||18.9%||$25.2 million|
|2016||$348 million||38.9%||$34.8 million|
|Total||$2.54 billion||–||$239 million|
|Average||$221 million||–||$11.9 million|
|a Twelve Big 12 members received disbursements each year from 1997–2011; ten each year afterwards. Individual schools' disbursement varied annually according to bylaw rules and entrance or withdrawal agreements.|
Conference revenue comes mostly from television contracts, bowl games, the NCAA, merchandise, licensing and conference-hosted sporting events. The Conference distributes revenue annually to member institutions.From 1996 to 2011, 57 percent of revenue was allotted equally; while 43 percent was based upon the number of football and men's basketball television appearances and other factors. In 2011, the distribution was 76 percent equal and 24 percent based on television appearances. Changing the arrangement requires a unanimous vote; as a Big 12 member, Nebraska and Texas A&M had withheld support for more equitable revenue distribution.
With this model, larger schools can receive more revenue because they appear more often on television. In 2006, for example, Texas received $10.2 million, 44% more than Baylor University's $7.1 million.
Big 12 revenue was generally less than other BCS conferences; this was due in part to television contracts signed with Fox Sports Net (four years for $48 million) and ABC/ESPN (eight years for $480 million).
In 2011, the Big 12 announced a new 13-year media rights deal with Fox that would ensure that every Big 12 home football game is televised, as well as greatly increasing coverage of women's basketball, conference championships and other sports.The deal, valued at an estimated $1.1 billion, runs until 2025. In 2012, the conference announced a new ESPN/FOX agreement, replacing the current ABC/ESPN deal, to immediately increase national media broadcasts of football and increase conference revenue; the new deal was estimated to be worth $2.6 billion through the 2025 expiration. The two deals pushed the conference per-school payout to approximately $20 million per year, while separating third-tier media rights into separate deals for each school; such contracts secured an additional $6 million to $20 million per school annually. The per-school payout under the deal is expected to reach $44 million, according to Commissioner Bob Bowlsby.
Revenue includes ticket sales, contributions and donations, rights/licensing, student fees, school funds and all other sources including TV income, camp income, food and novelties. Total expenses includes coaching/staff, scholarships, buildings/ground, maintenance, utilities and rental fees and all other costs including recruiting, team travel, equipment and uniforms, conference dues and insurance costs. Data is from United States Department of Education.
|2014–15 Conference Rank||Institution||2014–15 Total Revenue from Athletics||2014–15 Total Expenses on Athletics||2014–15 Average Spending per student-athlete|
|1||University of Texas at Austin||$179,555,311||$152,853,239||$218,050|
|2||University of Oklahoma||$135,660,070||$124,732,244||$170,866|
|4||University of Kansas||$103,326,170||$103,326,170||$177,536|
|5||West Virginia University||$87,265,473||$87,265,473||$147,159|
|6||Oklahoma State University||$85,645,208||$80,196,450||$123,189|
|7||Texas Christian University||$80,608,562||$80,608,562||$145,766|
|8||Kansas State University||$76,245,188||$66,449,920||$110,016|
|9||Texas Tech University||$69,858,256||$64,245,380||$123,207|
|10||Iowa State University||$65,733,110||$65,658,901||$129,396|
|School||Football stadium||Capacity||Basketball arena||Capacity||Baseball stadium||Capacity|
|Baylor||McLane Stadium||45,140||Ferrell Center||10,284||Baylor Ballpark||5,000|
|Iowa State||Jack Trice Stadium||61,500||Hilton Coliseum||14,356||Non-baseball school*|
|Kansas||David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium||50,071||Allen Fieldhouse||16,300||Hoglund Ballpark||2,500|
|Kansas State||Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium||50,000||Bramlage Coliseum||12,528||Tointon Family Stadium||2,000|
|Oklahoma||Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium||86,112||Lloyd Noble Center||11,562||L. Dale Mitchell Baseball Park||3,180|
|Oklahoma State||Boone Pickens Stadium||56,790||Gallagher-Iba Arena||13,611||Allie P. Reynolds Stadium||3,821|
|Texas||Darrell K Royal–Texas Memorial Stadium||100,119||Frank Erwin Center||16,540||UFCU Disch-Falk Field||6,649|
|TCU||Amon G. Carter Stadium||45,000||Schollmaier Arena||6,700||Lupton Stadium||4,500|
|Texas Tech||Jones AT&T Stadium||60,862||United Supermarkets Arena||15,098||Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park||4,528|
|West Virginia||Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium||60,000||WVU Coliseum||14,000||Monongalia County Ballpark||3,500|
*Iowa State discontinued its participation in baseball as an NCAA-recognized activity following the 2001 season. It participates in club baseball as a member of the National Club Baseball Association. Games are played at Cap Timm Field, capacity 3,000.
The following is a list of all NCAA, equestrian, and college football championships won by teams that were representing the Big 12 Conference in NCAA-recognized sports at the time of their championship.
Men's Basketball (1):
Women's Basketball (4):
Women's Bowling (5):
Men's Cross Country (6):
Women's Cross Country (2):
Men's Golf (6):
Women's Gymnastics (4):
Men's Gymnastics (9):
Women's Indoor Track (3):
Men's Outdoor Track (4):
Women's Outdoor Track (7):
Men's/Women's Skiing (4):
Men's Swimming (7):
Men's Tennis (1):
Women's Volleyball (3):
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The national championships listed below are as of March 2016. Football, Helms, pre-NCAA competition and overall equestrian titles are included in the total, but excluded from the column listing NCAA and AIAW titles.
|Big 12 National Championships|
|School||Total titles||Titles as a member|
of the Big 12
|NCAA titles||AIAW titles||Notes|
|Texas||52||18||44||4||UT has 4 recognized football titles|
|Oklahoma||38||15||30||OU has 7 recognized NCAA football titles|
|West Virginia||22||4||19||WVU has 3 pre-NCAA rifle titles|
|Kansas||13||2||11||KU has 2 Helms basketball titles|
|TCU||6||0||4||TCU has 2 recognized football titles|
|Baylor||5||4||4||Baylor has 1 Equestrian title|
See also: List of NCAA schools with the most NCAA Division I championships, List of NCAA schools with the most Division I national championships, and NCAA Division I FBS Conferences
The Conference sponsors 23 sports, 10 men's and 13 women's.
In football, divisional titles were awarded based on regular-season conference results, with the teams with the best conference records from the North and South playing in the Big 12 Championship Game from 1996 to 2010. Baseball, basketball, softball, tennis and women's soccer titles are awarded in both regular-season and tournament play. Cross country, golf, gymnastics, swimming and diving, track and field, and wrestling titles are awarded during an annual meet of participating teams. The volleyball title is awarded based on regular-season play.
All-Time Big 12 Championships By School Through June 12th, 2019.
Note, includes both regular-season, tournament titles, and co-championships. List does not include conference championships won prior to the formation of the Big 12 Conference in 1996.
The first football game in conference play was Texas Tech vs. Kansas State in 1996, won by Kansas State, 21–14.
From 1996 to 2010, Big 12 Conference teams played eight conference games a season. Each team faced all five opponents within its own division and three teams from the opposite division. Inter-divisional play was a "three-on, three-off" system, where teams would play three teams from the other division on a home-and-home basis for two seasons, and then play the other three foes from the opposite side for a two-year home-and-home.[ citation needed ]
This format came under considerable criticism, especially from Nebraska and Oklahoma, who were denied a yearly match between two of college football's most storied programs.[ citation needed ] The Nebraska-Oklahoma rivalry was one of the most intense in college football history.[ citation needed ] (Until 2006, the teams had never met in the Big 12 Championship.) Due to the departure of Nebraska and Colorado in 2011, the Big 12 eliminated the divisions (and championship game) and instituted a nine-game round-robin format.[ citation needed ] With the advent of the College Football Playoff committee looking at teams' strength of schedule for picking the four playoff teams, on December 8, 2015 the Big 12 announced an annual requirement for all Big 12 teams to schedule a non-conference game against a team from the four other Power Five conferences (plus Notre Dame). Per Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby: "Schedule strength is a key component in CFP Selection Committee deliberations. This move will strengthen the resumes for all Big 12 teams. Coupled with the nine-game full round robin Conference schedule our teams play, it will not only benefit the teams at the top of our standings each season, but will impact the overall strength of the Conference."
The Big 12 Championship Game game was approved by all members except Nebraska.It was held each year, commencing with the first match in the 1996 season at the Trans World Dome in St. Louis. It pitted the division champions against each other after the regular season was completed.
Following the 2008 game, the event was moved to the new Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, being played there in 2009 and 2010. In 2010, the Sooners defeated the Cornhuskers 23–20.
After 2010, the game was moved to Arlington for 2011, 2012, and 2013.However, the decision became moot following the 2010 season because the league lacked sufficient members.
In April 2015, the ACC and the Big 12 developed new rules for the NCAA to deregulate conference championship games. The measure passed on January 14, 2016, allowing a conference with fewer than 12 teams to stage a championship game that does not count against the FBS limit of 12 regular-season games under either of the following circumstances:
Under the first criterion, the Big 12 championship game resumed at the conclusion of the 2017 regular season, and is played during the first weekend of December, the time all other FBS conference championship games are played.
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As of 2018. (see 2018–19 NCAA football bowl games)
|–||College Football Playoff||–||–|
|1||Sugar Bowl†||New Orleans, Louisiana||SEC|
|2||Alamo Bowl||San Antonio, Texas||Pac-12|
|3||Camping World Bowl||Orlando, Florida||ACC|
|4||Texas Bowl||Houston, Texas||SEC|
|5||Liberty Bowl||Memphis, Tennessee||SEC|
|6||Cheez-It Bowl||Tempe, Arizona||Pac-12|
|7||Armed Forces Bowl||Fort Worth, Texas||American|
|†:The Big 12 champion will go to the Sugar Bowl unless selected for the College Football Playoff.|
In the event that the conference champion is selected for the playoff,
the conference runner up will go to the Sugar Bowl.
Rivalries (primarily in football) mostly predate the conference. The Kansas-Missouri rivalry was the longest running, the longest west of the Mississippi and the second longest in college football. It was played 119 times before Missouri left the Big 12. As of October 2012, the University of Kansas' athletic department had not accepted Missouri's invitations to play inter-conference rivalry games, putting the rivalry on hold. Sports clubs sponsored by the two universities continued to play each other.
The rivalry between TCU and Baylor, known as the Revivalry is also one of the longest running in college football, with the two schools having played each other — largely as Southwest Conference members — 112 times since 1899. As of the 2018 game, TCU leads the series 55–52–7.
The Oklahoma-Texas rivalry, the Red River Showdown is one year younger and has been played 108 times. This was a major rivalry decades before they were both in the conference, starting the year after the Revivalry in 1900. Currently Texas leads this rivalry 60–44–5.
Some of the longstanding football rivalries between Big 12 schools include:
|Baylor–Texas Tech||Texas Farm Bureau Insurance Shootout||74||1929|
|Iowa State-Kansas State||Farmageddon||98||1917|
|Kansas–Kansas State||Sunflower Showdown||Governor's Cup||112||1902|
|Oklahoma-Oklahoma State||Bedlam||Bedlam Bell||109||1904|
|Oklahoma–Texas||Red River Showdown||Golden Hat||110||1900|
|TCU–Texas Tech||The West Texas Championship||The Saddle Trophy||58||1926|
|Texas–Texas Tech||Chancellor's Spurs||64||1928|
|Baylor–Texas A&M||Battle of the Brazos||108||1899||2011|
|Iowa State–Missouri||Telephone Trophy||104||1896||2011|
|Kansas–Missouri||Border War||Indian War Drum||120||1891||2011|
|Missouri–Oklahoma||Tiger–Sooner Peace Pipe||96||1902||2011|
|Texas A&M–Texas Tech||70||1927||2011|
|Texas–Texas A&M||Lone Star Showdown||Lone Star Showdown Trophy||118||1894||2011|
From 1996 to 2011, standings in conference play were not split among divisions, although the schedule was structured as if they were. Teams played a home-and-home against teams within their "division"s and a single game against teams from the opposite division for a total of 16 conference games. After Nebraska and Colorado left, Big 12 play transitioned to an 18-game, double round robin schedule.
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Big 12 basketball teams played non-division members only once and in-division members twice during the regular season in a 16-game schedule until the 2012-13 season when its ten teams adopted a "home and away" double round robin 18-game schedule. The conference tournament gave first round byes to the top four teams from 1997 until 2012, and the top six teams 2013 to present.
Kansas has the most Big 12 titles, winning or sharing the regular-season title 17 times in the league's 21 seasons. The 2002 Jayhawks became the first, and so far only, team to complete an undefeated Big 12 regular season, going 16–0. As of the 2017-2018 season, Kansas had won or shared 14 straight regular-season league titles and 16 of the past 17. Though rematches between Big 12 regular season co-champions have happened in that year's Big 12 tournament, none have met in the ensuing NCAA Tournament.
|Season||Regular season champion||Tournament champion|
|1997–98||Kansas (2)||Kansas (2)|
|1999–00||Iowa State||Iowa State|
|2000–01||Iowa State (2)||Oklahoma|
|2001–02||Kansas (3)||Oklahoma (2)|
|2002–03||Kansas (4)||Oklahoma (3)|
|2003–04||Oklahoma State||Oklahoma State|
|2004–05|| Oklahoma |
|Oklahoma State (2)|
|2005–06|| Texas (2)|
|2006–07||Kansas (7)||Kansas (5)|
|2007–08|| Texas (3)|
|2009–10||Kansas (10)||Kansas (7)|
|2010–11||Kansas (11)||Kansas (8)|
|2011–12||Kansas (12)||Missouri (2)|
|2012–13|| Kansas (13)|
|2013–14||Kansas (14)||Iowa State (2)|
|2014–15||Kansas (15)||Iowa State (3)|
|2015–16||Kansas (16)||Kansas (10)|
|2016–17||Kansas (17)||Iowa State (4)|
|2017-18||Kansas (18)||Kansas (11)|
|2018-19|| Kansas State (2)|
|Iowa State (5)|
In 2004–05, Oklahoma won the Big 12 Tournament seeding tiebreaker over Kansas based on its 71–63 win over the Jayhawks in Norman, OK. The teams did not meet in Kansas City, MO.
In 2005–06, Texas won the Big 12 Tournament seeding tiebreaker over Kansas based on its 80–55 win over the Jayhawks in Austin, TX. Kansas beat Texas 80–68 in the Big 12 Tournament championship game in Dallas, TX.
In 2007–08, Texas won the Big 12 Tournament seeding tiebreaker over Kansas based on its 72–69 win over the Jayhawks in Austin, TX. Kansas beat Texas 84-74 in the Big 12 Tournament championship game in Kansas City, MO.
In 2012–13, Kansas won the Big 12 Tournament seeding tiebreaker over Kansas State based on winning 59–55 in Manhattan and 83–62 in Lawrence. Kansas beat Kansas State for a third time 70-54 in the championship game in Kansas City, MO.
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Totals though the end of the 2015-16 season.
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Totals though the end of the 2018–19 season.
|Team||Big 12 Record||Big 12 Winning %||Overall Record||Overall Winning %||Big 12 Regular Season Championships||Big 12 Tournament Championships|
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Totals though the end of the 2015–16 season.
|Baylor||Iowa State||Kansas||Kansas State||Oklahoma||Oklahoma State||TCU||Texas||Texas Tech||West Virginia|
|vs. Iowa State||16–13||—||12–33||22–20||13–17||12–17||8–0||11–17||14–13||5–3|
|vs. Kansas State||12–16||20–22||5–44||—||12–14||11–17||7–2||12–15||15–13||3–5|
|vs. Oklahoma State||28–15||17–12||10–22||17–11||19–25||—||6–2||17–29||32–15||4–4|
|vs. Texas Tech||20–21||13–14||4–24||13–15||14–28||15–32||6–3||6–38||—||1–8|
|vs. West Virginia||3–6||3–5||3–6||5–3||3–6||4–4||9–0||3–6||8–1||—|
All current Big 12 members sponsor baseball except Iowa State, which dropped the sport after the 2001 season. All former Big 12 members sponsored the sport throughout their tenures in the conference except Colorado, which never sponsored baseball during its time in the Big 12.
|School||Appearances||W-L||Pct||Tourney Titles||Title Years|
|Nebraska||10||28–10||.737||4||1999, 2000, 2001, 2005|
|Oklahoma State||19||25–35||.417||2||2004, 2017|
|Texas||18||41–29||.586||5||2002, 2003, 2008, 2009, 2015|
|Texas A&M||13||24–18||.571||3||2007, 2010, 2011|
Big 12 home football games are carried through Fox Sports or ESPN. Fox Sports may choose to place the game on the FOX broadcast network, on its cable networks FS1 or FS2. Low-profile games may be carried on FSN, a national or regional broadcast on Fox Sports’ regional networks, or on the Fox College Sports networks. ESPN may choose to place the games on the ABC broadcast network, or on cable networks ESPN, ESPN2, or ESPNU. ESPN may also display the games through its online streaming services, ESPN3 or ESPN+. The Big 12 Championship game was first broadcast by FOX in 2017, and will alternate with ESPN in the coming years. Non-conference away games are subject to the home teams' broadcasting contracts, so games may appear on other networks. (For example, West Virginia played against Tennessee in Charlotte, NC on September 1, 2018; the game was carried on CBS as part of the SEC on CBS deal.)
The majority of Big 12 home men's basketball games are produced by ESPN. They may be carried on ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU. The Big 12 features in ESPN's Big Monday telecast, which has an exclusive 8 PM CT window for the Big 12. Occasional high-profile Saturday games may be picked up for national broadcast by CBS. The Big 12 men's basketball tournament is produced by ESPN and is carried on ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPNU during the same week when those networks carry the SEC, ACC, and Pac-12 tournaments among others.
Some women's basketball games may be produced by Fox Sports and carried on FS1. The women's basketball tournament is produced by Fox Sports.
ESPN may occasionally pick up a volleyball, soccer, women's gymnastics, softball, or baseball contest for coverage on ESPN, ESPN2, or ESPNU. The championship tournaments for soccer, softball, and baseball are produced by Fox Sports.
Athletic events not selected for national broadcast are often produced by the athletic department of the home team. This is particularly common for regular season volleyball, soccer, gymnastics, women's basketball, softball, baseball, tennis, and golf events. These locally produced telecasts are carried on a variety of outlets, including regional Fox Sports networks, the Longhorn Network, or online-only platforms.
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When the Southwest Conference busted and the major four came to the Big Eight ...
Texas and Texas Tech voted...to...join the Big Eight.
This is the place when we always announce the revenue distribution for the year, and we will be distributing 145 million [dollars] to our member institutions at the conclusion of this year.
[...] and then it ultimately peaks out at about 44 million dollars per school in the late stages of our television agreement.