Ranking The Top Big 12 Football Championship Games

The return of the Big 12 Conference football championship game provides the opportunity to look back at some of the top match-ups in the previous incarnation of the league's title bouts.

From 1996-2010, the Big 12 conference held a championship game, matching the winners of the North and South Divisions. Played for 15 years in six different cities, the contests produced some memorable match-ups, as well as a few duds. In the latter category, Colorado lost back-to-back title games to Oklahoma and Texas by the combined score of 112-6, but those were offset by several close games and upsets, some of which had national title implications. Number one Oklahoma was upset by Kansas Sate in the 2003 game, and the Sooners flipped that script four years later when they knocked off top-ranked Missouri. Nebraska (#3) and Kansas State (#2) also suffered upsets after coming into the game with hopes of making their way to a national title shot.

A few other notes on the previous games:

  • Oklahoma holds the record for most appearances with eight, and has compiled a gaudy 7-1 record in the contest. Texas, at 3-2, is the only other school with a winning percentage above .500 in the game.
  • Missouri is the only school to appear in the game which never won it. The Tigers were 0-2, with both losses coming in back-to-back years against the Sooners.
  • Of the current ten league teams, seven have never made an appearance. Baylor, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Iowa State and Kansas were blanked over the first run of existence, while West Virginia and TCU became members after the game was discontinued.
  • The game has been played in five stadiums that currently host or hosted NFL teams, including The Dome at America's Center (St. Louis), Arrowhead Stadium (Kansas City), Reliant Stadium (Houston), Texas Stadium (Irving) and AT&T Stadium (Arlington). The outlier from that list is the Alamo Dome (San Antonio).

In the accompanying video, Campus Insiders make their picks for the top five Big 12 title games of the previous era.

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