Pac-12 Football Championship Game
|Pac-12 Conference Football Championship Game|
|Conference Football Championship|
|Most championships||Stanford (3)|
Fox (2011, even years)|
ESPN/ABC (odd years)
The game pits the champion of the Pac-12 North Division against the champion of the Pac-12 South Division. Since 2014, the game has been played at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California. The first three games were held at the home stadium of the division winner with the better conference record: Autzen Stadium in 2011, Stanford Stadium in 2012, and Sun Devil Stadium in 2013.
In 2011, the Pacific-10 Conference added Colorado and Utah, bringing the membership total to 12 teams and becoming the Pac-12. Consequently, the conference split into two six-team divisions and created an annual conference championship game.
In the first season of the newly expanded Pac-12 in 2011, USC finished first in the South Division with a 7–2 conference record but was ineligible to play in postseason games due to NCAA sanctions. UCLA (5–4) represented the South Division in the Pac-12 Championship Game as its second-place team.
Broadcast rights to the game are held by ESPN and Fox Sports on a 12-year deal that began in 2012, where the rights alternate between the two networks on a year-by-year cycle. Fox broadcast the inaugural game in 2011.
Team selection criteria
Division standings are based on each team's overall conference record. In the event that two teams finish in a tie for first place, the championship game berth goes to the winner of the season's head-to-head contest between the two teams. If three or more teams are tied, the following tiebreakers are used to determine the division champion:
- The following procedures will only be used to eliminate all but two teams, at which point the two-team tie-breaking procedure (head-to-head result) will be applied.
- Head-to-head (best record in games among the tied teams).
- Record in games played within the division.
- Record against the next highest placed team in the division (based on record in all Conference games, both divisional and cross-divisional), proceeding through the division.
- Record in common Conference games.
- Highest ranking in the SportSource Analytics poll entering the final weekend of the regular season.
- The division champion with the best conference record is designated as the home team. If the two teams are tied, the following criteria are considered.
- Head-to-head results, if applicable
- Record against the next highest placed common opponent in the conference (based on the record in all conference games), proceeding through the conference
- Record in common conference games
- Highest ranking in the SportSource Analytics poll following the final weekend of regular season games
- Coin toss
The North Division representative won every edition of the Pac-12 Championship Game since its inception in 2011 until USC beat Stanford in 2017. Rankings are from the AP Poll at time of the matchup.
Results by year
|Year||North Division||South Division||Site||Date||Attendance||MVP|
|2011||8 Oregon Ducks||49||UCLA Bruins||31||Autzen Stadium • Eugene, OR||December 2||59,376||RB LaMichael James, Oregon|
|2012||8 Stanford Cardinal||27||17 UCLA Bruins||24||Stanford Stadium • Stanford, CA||November 30||31,622||QB Kevin Hogan, Stanford|
|2013||7 Stanford Cardinal||38||11 Arizona State Sun Devils||14||Sun Devil Stadium • Tempe, AZ||December 7||69,535||RB Tyler Gaffney, Stanford|
|2014||3 Oregon Ducks||51||8 Arizona Wildcats||13||Levi's Stadium • Santa Clara, CA||December 5||45,618||QB Marcus Mariota, Oregon|
|2015||7 Stanford Cardinal||41||24 USC Trojans||22||December 5||58,476||RB Christian McCaffrey, Stanford|
|2016||4 Washington Huskies||41||9 Colorado Buffaloes||10||December 2||47,118||DB Taylor Rapp, Washington|
|2017||14 Stanford Cardinal||28||11 USC Trojans||31||December 1||48,031||QB Sam Darnold, USC|
Results by team
|4||Stanford||3||1||.750||2012, 2013, 2015||2017|
Site selection criteria
During its first three years, the site of the Pac-12 Championship Game was the home stadium of the division champion with the superior overall conference record. In the event that the two division champions were tied, the head-to-head record would be used as the tiebreaker. If the two teams did not meet during the season, a BCS component was to be used.
After three years of the home-hosting model, the Pac-12 announced a three-year deal to host the game at the neutral site of Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California. In 2017, the Pac-12 announced it would keep the game at Levi's Stadium through 2019 with an option for 2020.
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The Pac-12 Conference Championship Game will be played on Saturday, Dec. 5, at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.
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the Pac-12 Football Championship Game at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Friday, December 2.
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the Pac-12 Football Championship Game at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Friday, December 1.
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