|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, in the states of 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 of which is also a member in women's equestrianism; one for women's gymnastics; and two for women's rowing. The Big 12 Conference is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.The Big 12 Conference commissioner is Bob Bowlsby.
The Big 12 Conference was founded in February 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 conference, with play beginning in 1996.
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 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.
|Baylor University||Waco, Texas||1845||1996||Private||19,566||$1,710||Bears/Lady Bears|
|Iowa State University||Ames, Iowa||1858||Public||35,000||$1,102||Cyclones|
|University of Kansas||Lawrence, Kansas||1865||28,423||$1,820||Jayhawks|
|Kansas State University||Manhattan, Kansas||1863||22,221||$510.3||Wildcats|
|University of Oklahoma||Norman, Oklahoma||1890||28,564||$1,736||Sooners|
|Oklahoma State University||Stillwater, Oklahoma||1890||25,295||$756.5||Cowboys/Cowgirls|
|Texas Christian University (TCU)||Fort Worth, Texas||1873||2012||Private||11,379||$1,710||Horned Frogs|
|University of Texas at Austin (Texas)||Austin, Texas||1883||1996||Public||51,832||$30,100||Longhorns|
|Texas Tech University||Lubbock, Texas||1923||40,322||$1,320||Red Raiders|
|West Virginia University||Morgantown, West Virginia||1867||2012||26,269||$589.8||Mountaineers|
|United States Air Force Academy||Colorado Springs, Colorado||1954||2015||Military academy||4,000||Falcons||Wrestling||Mountain West|
|University of Alabama||Tuscaloosa, Alabama||1831||2014||Public||38,563||Crimson Tide||Women's rowing||SEC|
|University of Denver||Denver, Colorado||1864||2015||Private||11,809||Pioneers||Women's gymnastics||Summit League|
|California State University, Fresno||Fresno, California||1911||2017||Public||24,405||Bulldogs||Wrestling||Mountain West|
|University of Northern Colorado||Greeley, Colorado||1889||2015||12,084||Bears||Wrestling||Big Sky|
|University of Northern Iowa||Cedar Falls, Iowa||1876||2017||13,914||Panthers||Missouri Valley|
|North Dakota State University||Fargo, North Dakota||1890||2015||14,747||Bison||Summit League|
|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||SEC|
|Utah Valley University||Orem, Utah||1941||2015||31,556||Wolverines||Wrestling||WAC|
|University of Wyoming||Laramie, Wyoming||1886||2015||13,992||Cowboys||Mountain West|
|California Baptist University||Riverside, California||1950||2022||Private||11,045||Lancers||Wrestling||WAC|
|University of Missouri||Columbia, Missouri||1839||2021||Public||31,089||Tigers||Wrestling||SEC|
|University of Colorado Boulder||Boulder, Colorado||1876||1996||2011||Public||Buffaloes||Pac-12|
|University of Missouri||Columbia, Missouri||1839||2012||Tigers||SEC|
|University of Nebraska–Lincoln||Lincoln, Nebraska||1869||2011||Cornhuskers||Big Ten|
|Texas A&M University||College Station, Texas||1876||2012||Aggies||SEC|
|Old Dominion University||Norfolk, Virginia||1930||2014||2018||Public||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|
Below are the men's sports sponsored by each member institution. The only sports with full participation by the entire conference are basketball, football, and golf. Swimming and diving has the least amount of participation with only three schools fielding a team. The conference fields 12 teams for wrestling, the most of any sport, with only 4 teams being full-time members, as well as 8 affiliate members. One of the wrestling affiliates, namely Fresno State, dropped that sport after the 2020–21 season and will immediately be replaced by Missouri; California Baptist is currently scheduled to join as a wrestling-only member in 2022–23.
|North Dakota State||1|
|South Dakota State||1|
|Future Affiliate Members|
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|
Below are women's sports sponsored by the member institutions. Six sports have full participation from the entire conference, basketball, cross country, soccer, tennis, indoor track, and outdoor track. Equestrian and gymnastics have the lowest participation with 3 full-time members and 1 affiliate participating.
Women's (and Coed – see Rifle) varsity sports not sponsored by the Big 12 Conference which are played by Big 12 schools:
|School||Acrobatics & Tumbling||Beach Volleyball||Rifle|
|TCU||No||Coastal Collegiate Sports Association||Patriot Rifle Conference|
|West Virginia||No||No||Great America Rifle Conference|
The Big 12 Conference was 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 in most sports. The Oklahoma and Texas schools formed the South Division, while the other six teams of the former Big Eight formed the North Division.
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 to 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||47,000||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||80,126||Lloyd Noble Center||11,562||L. Dale Mitchell Baseball Park||3,180|
|Oklahoma State||Boone Pickens Stadium||55,509||Gallagher-Iba Arena||13,611||O'Brate Stadium||3,500|
|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||47,000||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|
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.The most recent Big 12 teams to win national titles were Baylor's men's basketball team, Texas’ women's tennis team, and Texas’ women’s rowing team, and Oklahoma’s softball team in 2021.
Men's Basketball (2):
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):
Women's Rowing (1):
Men's/Women's Skiing (4):
Men's Swimming (9):
Men's Tennis (2):
Women's Tennis (1):
Women's Volleyball (3):
This section needs additional citations for verification .(April 2018)
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||59||24||50||5||UT has 4 recognized football titles|
|Oklahoma||38||20||31||OU has 7 recognized NCAA football titles|
|West Virginia||23||4||20||WVU has 3 pre-NCAA rifle titles|
|Kansas||13||2||11||KU has 2 Helms basketball titles|
|Baylor||6||5||5||Baylor has 1 Equestrian title|
|TCU||6||0||4||TCU has 2 recognized football titles|
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 May 5, 2021.
|Iowa State Cyclones||1997–present||4||24||28|
|Kansas State Wildcats||1997–present||11||7||17|
|Oklahoma State Cowboys||1997–present||13||69||82|
|TCU Horned Frogs||2013–present||8||4||12|
|Texas Tech Red Raiders||1997–present||13||14||27|
|West Virginia Mountaineers||2013–present||6||5||11|
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.
The following were bowl games for the Big 12 for the 2019 season.
|–||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||ACC|
|7||First Responder Bowl||University Park, Texas||Conference USA|
|†: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 — 114 times since 1899. As of the 2019 game, TCU leads the series 55–53–7.
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. As of the 2019 game, Texas leads this rivalry 62–48–5.
Some of the longstanding football rivalries between Big 12 schools include:
|Baylor–Texas Tech||Texas Farm Bureau Insurance Shootout||78||1929|
|Iowa State–Kansas State||Farmageddon||103||1917|
|Kansas–Kansas State||Sunflower Showdown||Governor's Cup||112||1902|
|Oklahoma–Oklahoma State||Bedlam||Bedlam Bell||114||1904|
|Oklahoma–Texas||Red River Showdown||Golden Hat||115||1900|
|Oklahoma State–Texas Tech||47||1935|
|TCU–Texas Tech||The West Texas Championship||The Saddle Trophy||62||1926|
|Texas–Texas Tech||Chancellor's Spurs||69||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.
Big 12 basketball teams currently play a "home and away" double round robin 18-game schedule, expanded from 16 games after the 2011 realignment. All teams in the conference qualify for the Big 12 tournament. Because of this, the only time a team will not play is if they are ineligible for postseason play due to disciplinary action from the NCAA, which has yet to happen since the Big 12's inception, however, it will happen for the first time for the 2021 tournament. From 1996–97 to 2010–11, teams played in-division members twice and non-division members only once. The conference tournament gave first round byes to the top four teams from 1997 until 2012, and the top six teams from 2013 to present.
Kansas has the most Big 12 titles, winning or sharing the regular-season title 18 times in the league's 23 seasons, including 14 straight from 2004–05 to 2017–18. The 2002 Jayhawks became the first, and so far only, team to complete an undefeated Big 12 regular season, going 16–0. 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.
*The 2020 Big 12 Tournament was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic
Totals through the end of the 2020–21 season.
*Texas Tech has appeared in 19 tournaments, however, their 1996 Tournament appearance was vacated by the NCAA, officially giving them 18 tournament appearances.
This section needs to be updated.(May 2018)
Totals through 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|
|vs. Baylor||vs. Iowa State||vs. Kansas||vs. Kansas State||vs. Oklahoma||vs. Oklahoma State||vs. TCU||vs. Texas||vs. Texas Tech||vs. West Virginia|
Totals though the end of the 2020–21 season. Includes any regular season or postseason meetings.
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, 2019|
|Texas||18||41–29||.586||5||2002, 2003, 2008, 2009, 2015|
|Texas A&M||13||24–18||.571||3||2007, 2010, 2011|
The Big 12's media rights are controlled primarily by ESPN and Fox Sports, which reached a 13-year agreement in 2012 valued at $2.6 billion in total. The Big 12's top football rights are split between ESPN and Fox, while the basketball inventory is held exclusively by ESPN. The agreement also included a grant of rights for all current Big 12 teams over the period of the contract.
In addition to the national agreement, each Big 12 school maintained the right to sell its "third-tier" covering selected events per-season (including one football game, basketball games, and other events outside of those sports). The third-tier rights to the Texas Longhorns are held through a channel dedicated to the team — Longhorn Network — which is operated by ESPN. In 2019, ESPN announced that it would acquire the third-tier rights to all Big 12 teams through 2024-25 (excluding Oklahoma and Texas, which are still under long-term contracts with Fox Sports Oklahoma and Longhorn Network respectively), and place their content on its subscription streaming service ESPN+. ESPN also acquired exclusive rights to all future Big 12 football championship games, replacing the previous alternation between ESPN and Fox.
|Oklahoma|| Nike |
|Texas Tech||Under Armour|
The Mountain West Conference (MW) is one of the collegiate athletic conferences affiliated with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS). The MW officially began operations on January 4, 1999. Geographically, the MW covers a broad expanse of the Western United States, with member schools located in California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. Craig Thompson has served as Commissioner of the MW since October 15, 1998.
The Texas Bowl is an annual postseason NCAA-sanctioned Division I FBS college football bowl game first held in 2006 in Houston, Texas. Each edition of the bowl has been played at NRG Stadium, previously known as Reliant Stadium. The bowl replaced the defunct Houston Bowl, which was played annually from 2000 to 2005, and before that the Bluebonnet Bowl, the first bowl game in Houston, played from 1959 through 1987.
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.
The BCS National Championship Game, or BCS National Championship, was a postseason college football bowl game, used to determine a national champion of the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), first played in the 1998 college football season as one of four designated bowl games, and beginning in the 2006 season as a standalone event rotated among the host sites of the aforementioned bowls.
The Power Five conferences are five athletic conferences which are considered to be the elite in college football in the United States. They are part of the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of NCAA Division I, the highest level of collegiate football in the nation. The conferences are the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), Big Ten Conference, 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 occasionally used in other college sports, although in many non-football sports, most notably basketball, anywhere from six to eight conferences may be considered "high-major".
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.
The Bowl Championship Series (BCS) was a selection system designed, through polls and computer statistics, to determine a No. 1 and No. 2 ranked team in the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS). After the final polls, the two top teams were chosen to play in the BCS National Championship Game which determined the BCS national champion team, but not the champion team for independent voting systems. This format was intended to be "bowl-centered" rather than a traditional playoff system, since numerous FBS Conferences have expressed their unwillingness to participate in a play-off system. However, due to the unique and often esoteric nature of the BCS format, there had been controversy as to which two teams should play for the national championship and which teams should play in the four other BCS bowl games. In this selection process, the BCS was often criticized for conference favoritism, its inequality of access for teams in non-Automatic Qualifying (non-AQ) Conferences, and perceived monopolistic, "profit-centered" motives. In terms of this last concern, Congress has explored the possibility on more than one occasion of holding hearings to determine the legality of the BCS under the terms of the Sherman Anti-Trust Act, and the United States Justice Department has also periodically announced interest in investigating the BCS for similar reasons.
The Big 12 Conference is a conference of 10 universities which participate in the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division I Football Bowl Subdivision football. The conference was formed in 1994 but did not begin conference play until the fall of 1996. The schools that compose the Big 12 Conference, except West Virginia, were members of either the Big Eight Conference or the Southwest Conference, and have won 21 national titles including 3 titles since the inception of the Big 12 Conference.
The 2010–11 NCAA football bowl games concluded the 2010 NCAA Division I FBS football season and included 35 team-competitive bowl games and four all-star games. The games began play with three bowls on December 18, 2010 and included the 2011 BCS National Championship Game in Glendale, Arizona played on January 10 at the University of Phoenix Stadium. The bowl season concluded with the East–West Shrine Game, the Eastham Energy All-Star Game, the Senior Bowl, the Dixie Gridiron Classic, and the NFLPA Game. One bowl, the Toronto-based International Bowl, has ceased operations.
A superconference is an athletic conference noted for its large number of members, significant revenue generation, and substantial power that it wields in comparison to at least some of its counterpart conferences. The term is typically used in reference to college athletics in the United States. Because superconferences are emergent and not clearly defined, the term is often used in a hypothetical and speculative way, although one definition of American college superconferences posits that they must form from leagues that were Automatic Qualifying (AQ) conferences during the era of the now-defunct Bowl Championship Series, possess a significant multi-network television deal, and at least consider expanding to the "magic number" of 16 members. The term, though used infrequently before 2010, has historical roots in the proposed "Airplane Conference" of 1959, the Metro Conference's 1990 plan to expand to 16 members, the expansion of the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) to 16 members in 1996, and the creation of 12-team, two-division conferences with football championship games by the Southeastern Conference (SEC), Big 12 Conference, and Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) in the 1990s and 2000s. Since major conference realignment began in 2010, the term has been used to describe the expanding ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12, and SEC conferences.
Fox College Football is the branding used for broadcasts of NCAA Division I FBS college football games produced by Fox Sports, and broadcast primarily by Fox, FS1, and FS2.
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 12 Conference is a ten-school collegiate athletic conference headquartered in Irving, Texas. It is a member of the NCAA's Division I for all sports; its football teams compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision, the higher of two levels of NCAA Division I football competition. Member schools are located in Iowa, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, and West Virginia.
The 2016 Big 12 Conference football season will represent the 21st season of Big 12 Conference football, taking place during the 2016 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The season will begin with non-conference play on Friday, September 2, 2016, with Kansas State traveling to face Stanford. Big 12 Conference play will begin on Saturday, September 17, 2016, with Iowa State traveling to play TCU.
The 2017 Big 12 Championship Game was a college football game that was played on Saturday, December 2, 2017, at AT&T Stadium, in Arlington, Texas. The 16th Big 12 Championship Game, it determined the 2017 champion of the Big 12 Conference. The game featured the Oklahoma Sooners and the TCU Horned Frogs. This was Oklahoma's ninth appearance and was TCU's first appearance. The game was televised nationally by Fox. When the two teams met in the regular season, Oklahoma defeated TCU 38–20. Baker Mayfield from Oklahoma won the Big 12 Championship Game MVP honors.
The 2017 Oklahoma Sooners football team represented the University of Oklahoma in the 2017 NCAA Division I FBS football season, the 123rd season of Sooner football. The team was led by Lincoln Riley, who was in his first year as head coach, after the retirement of Bob Stoops in June 2017. They played their home games at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. They are a charter member of the Big 12 Conference.
The 2018 Big 12 Conference football season represents the 23rd season of Big 12 Conference football, talking place during the 2018 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The season began with non-conference play on Thursday, August 30, 2018. Big 12 Conference play will begin on Saturday, September 22, 2018.
The 2019 TCU Horned Frogs football team represented Texas Christian University during the 2019 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Horned Frogs competed as a member of the Big 12 Conference and played their home games at Amon G. Carter Stadium on campus in Fort Worth, Texas. They were led by 19th-year head coach Gary Patterson. They finished the season 5–7, 3–6 in Big 12 play to finish in a tie for seventh place.
The 2020 TCU Horned Frogs football team represented Texas Christian University (TCU) during the 2020 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Horned Frogs competed as a member of the Big 12 Conference and played their home games at Amon G. Carter Stadium on campus in Fort Worth, Texas. They were led by 20th-year head coach Gary Patterson.
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.