This is a list of yearly Big 12 Conference football champions. Champions are determined in a head to head matchup in the Big 12 Championship Game held at the end of the regular season. 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.
Between 2011 and 2016, the championship was earned in round-robin regular-season play among all conference members. Until 2014, the league did not employ tiebreaking procedures, such as head-to-head results, to determine a single champion, and thus it was not unusual for a season to end with "co-champions." However with the 2015 season, head-to-head results will decide if two teams finish tied.
From 2017 onward, the championship game features the two teams with the best conference records. The champion usually is invited to the Sugar Bowl unless selected to play in one of the national semifinals for the College Football Playoff. Co-champions are listed in alphabetical order. Co-champions are no longer possible as the Big 12 Conference has switched to using a Conference Championship game to determine the winner.
Champions by year
|Year||Champions||Conference ||Overall||AP||Coaches'||Bowl result||Head coach|
|1996||Texas||6–2||8–5||No. 23||No. 23||L Fiesta Bowl 15−38 vs. Penn State||John Mackovic|
|1997||Nebraska||8−0||13−0||No. 2||No. 1||W Orange Bowl 42−17 vs. Tennessee||Tom Osborne|
|1998||Texas A&M||7−1||11−3||No. 11||No. 13||L Sugar Bowl 14−24 vs. Ohio State||R. C. Slocum|
|1999||Nebraska||7−1||12−1||No. 3||No. 2||W Fiesta Bowl 31−21 vs. Tennessee||Frank Solich|
|2000||Oklahoma||8−0||13−0||No. 1||No. 1||W Orange Bowl 13−2 vs. Florida State||Bob Stoops|
|2001||Colorado||7−1||10−3||No. 9||No. 9||L Fiesta Bowl 15−38 vs. Oregon||Gary Barnett|
|2002||Oklahoma||6−2||12−2||No. 5||No. 5||W Rose Bowl 34−14 vs. Washington State||Bob Stoops|
|2003||Kansas State||6−2||11−4||No. 14||No. 13||L Fiesta Bowl 28−35 vs. Ohio State||Bill Snyder|
|2004||Oklahoma||8−0||12−1||No. 3||No. 3||L Orange Bowl 19−55 vs. USC||Bob Stoops|
|2005||Texas||8−0||13−0||No. 1||No. 1||W Rose Bowl 41−38 vs. USC||Mack Brown|
|2006||Oklahoma||7−1||11−3||No. 11||No. 11||L Fiesta Bowl 42−43 vs. Boise State||Bob Stoops|
|2007||Oklahoma||6−2||11−3||No. 8||No. 8||L Fiesta Bowl 28−48 vs. West Virginia||Bob Stoops|
|2008||Oklahoma||7−1||12−2||No. 5||No. 5||L BCS National Championship Game 14−24 vs. Florida||Bob Stoops|
|2009||Texas||8−0||13−1||No. 2||No. 2||L BCS National Championship Game 21−37 vs. Alabama||Mack Brown|
|2010||Oklahoma||6−2||12−2||No. 6||No. 6||W Fiesta Bowl 48−20 vs. Connecticut||Bob Stoops|
|2011||Oklahoma State||8−1||12−1||No. 3||No. 3||W Fiesta Bowl 41−38 vs. Stanford||Mike Gundy|
|2012||Kansas State||8−1||11−2||No. 12||No. 11||L Fiesta Bowl 17−35 vs. Oregon||Bill Snyder|
|Oklahoma||8−1||11−2||No. 15||No. 15||L Cotton Bowl Classic 13−41 vs. Texas A&M||Bob Stoops|
|2013||Baylor||8−1||11−2||No. 13||No. 13||L Fiesta Bowl 42−52 vs. UCF||Art Briles|
|2014||Baylor||8−1||11−2||No. 7||No. 8||L Cotton Bowl Classic 41−42 vs. Michigan State||Art Briles|
|TCU||8−1||12−1||No. 3||No. 3||W Peach Bowl 42−3 vs. Ole Miss||Gary Patterson|
|2015||Oklahoma||8−1||11−2||No. 5||No. 5||L CFP Semifinal at Orange Bowl 17−37 vs. Clemson||Bob Stoops|
|2016||Oklahoma||9−0||11−2||No. 5||No. 3||W Sugar Bowl 35−19 vs. Auburn||Bob Stoops|
|2017||Oklahoma||8−1||12−2||No. 3||No. 3||L CFP Semifinal at Rose Bowl 48−54 vs. Georgia||Lincoln Riley|
|2018||Oklahoma||8−1||12−2||No. 4||No. 4||L CFP Semifinal at Orange Bowl 34−45 vs. Alabama||Lincoln Riley|
|2019||Oklahoma||8−1||12−2||No. 7||No. 6||L CFP Semifinal at Peach Bowl 28−63 vs. LSU||Lincoln Riley|
|2020||Oklahoma||6−2||8−2||No. 6||No. 6||W Cotton Bowl Classic 55-20 vs. Florida||Lincoln Riley|
|2021||Baylor||7−2||12−2||No. 5||No.6||W Sugar Bowl 21-7 vs. Ole Miss||Dave Aranda|
|2022||Kansas State||7−2||10−3||No. 14||No. 14||L Sugar Bowl 45-20 vs. Alabama||Chris Klieman|
- Bold indicates a national championship.
Championships by team
|Oklahoma||14||2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020|
|Baylor||3||2013, 2014, 2021|
|Texas||3||1996, 2005, 2009|
|Kansas State||3||2003, 2012, 2022|
Italics indicate a shared title.
* indicates a school no longer competing in the Big 12.
Big 12 Championship Game
Since 2017, the championship game has determined the conference champion. The game features the two teams with the best conference records. From the inaugural championship game in 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 2011 to 2016, a round-robin would determine the champion.
|Year||North Division||South Division|
|1996||No. 3 Nebraska||27||Texas||37|
|1997||No. 2 Nebraska||54||No. 14 Texas A&M||15|
|1998||No. 2 Kansas State||33||No. 10 Texas A&M||36|
|1999||No. 3 Nebraska||22||No. 12 Texas||6|
|2000||No. 8 Kansas State||24||No. 1 Oklahoma||27|
|2001||No. 9 Colorado||39||No. 3 Texas||37|
|2002||No. 12 Colorado||7||No. 8 Oklahoma||29|
|2003||No. 13 Kansas State||35||No. 1 Oklahoma||7|
|2004||Colorado||3||No. 2 Oklahoma||42|
|2005||Colorado||3||No. 2 Texas||70|
|2006||No. 19 Nebraska||7||No. 8 Oklahoma||21|
|2007||No. 1 Missouri||17||No. 9 Oklahoma||38|
|2008||No. 19 Missouri||21||No. 4 Oklahoma||62|
|2009||21 Nebraska||12||No. 3 Texas||13|
|2010||No. 13 Nebraska||20||No. 10 Oklahoma||23|
|Year||No. 1 Seed||No. 2 Seed|
|2017||No. 2 Oklahoma||41||No. 10 TCU||17|
|2018||No. 5 Oklahoma||39||No. 14 Texas||27|
|2019||No. 6 Oklahoma||30||No. 7 Baylor||23|
|2020||No. 6 Iowa State||21||No. 10 Oklahoma||27|
|2021||No. 5 Oklahoma State||16||No. 9 Baylor||21|
|2022||No. 3 TCU||28||No. 10 Kansas State||31|
Championships by head coach
This section needs additional citations for verification. (November 2020)
|Head Coach||School||Big 12|
|Bob Stoops||Oklahoma||10 |
|Lincoln Riley||Oklahoma||4 |
|Art Briles||Baylor||2 |
|Bill Snyder||Kansas State||2 |
|Mack Brown||Texas||2 |
|Frank Solich||Nebraska||1 |
|Gary Barnett||Colorado||1 |
|Gary Patterson||TCU||1 |
|John Mackovic||Texas||1 |
|Mike Gundy||Oklahoma State||1 |
|R. C. Slocum||Texas A&M||1 |
|Tom Osborne||Nebraska||1 |
|Chris Klieman||Kansas State||1|
Active coaches are in bold
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