Big 12 Conference

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 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[2] incorporated in Delaware.[3]

Big 12 Conference
EstablishedFebruary 25, 1994 (1994-02-25)[1]
DivisionDivision I
Members10 + 11 affiliate members
Sports fielded
  • 23
    • men's: 10
    • women's: 13
HeadquartersIrving, Texas
CommissionerBob Bowlsby (since 2012)

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.[4][5]

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. 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).

The Big 12 Conference commissioner is Bob Bowlsby.

Member schools

Current members

Baylor University Waco, Texas 1845 1996 Private 17,217 Bears/Lady Bears          
Iowa State University Ames, Iowa 1858 Public 35,000 Cyclones          
University of Kansas Lawrence, Kansas 1865 27,690 Jayhawks          
Kansas State University Manhattan, Kansas 1863 22,221 Wildcats          
University of Oklahoma Norman, Oklahoma 1890 28,564 Sooners          
Oklahoma State University Stillwater, Oklahoma 1890 24,649[6] Cowboys/Cowgirls          
Texas Christian University (TCU) Fort Worth, Texas 1873 2012 Private 10,918 Horned Frogs          
University of Texas at Austin (Texas) Austin, Texas 1883 1996 Public 51,832[7] Longhorns          
Texas Tech University Lubbock, Texas 1923 38,209[8] Red Raiders          
West Virginia University Morgantown, West Virginia 1867 2012 26,864[9] Mountaineers          

Affiliate members

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
2019 Equestrian
University of Northern Colorado Greeley, Colorado 1889 2015 12,084 Bears Wrestling
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
  • On July 29, 2015, the Big 12 announced it would add the six former members of the Western Wrestling Conference—Air Force, Northern Colorado, North Dakota State, South Dakota State, Utah Valley, and Wyoming—as affiliate members for wrestling, plus Denver as an affiliate member for women's gymnastics, all effective with the 2015–16 school year.[16] On July 5, 2017, the Big 12 added Fresno State and Northern Iowa as wrestling affiliates.[17] On May 2, 2019, the Big 12 added Fresno State as an equestrian affiliate.[18]

Former members

University of Colorado Boulder Boulder, Colorado 1876 1996 2011 Public 30,128 Buffaloes                Pac-12
University of Missouri Columbia, Missouri 1839 2012 34,255[19] Tigers           SEC
University of Nebraska–Lincoln Lincoln, Nebraska 1869 2011 24,100[20] Cornhuskers           Big Ten
Texas A&M University College Station, Texas 1876 2012 53,337 Aggies           SEC

Former affiliate members

InstitutionLocationFoundedJoinedLeftTypeEnrollmentNicknameColorsBig 12
Conference[lower-alpha 1]
Old Dominion University Norfolk, Virginia 1930 2014 2018 Public 24,125 Monarchs                Women's rowing The American[21]
  1. Affiliation in former Big 12 sport(s); does not necessarily match primary affiliation.

Membership timeline

Full members Assoc. member (Other sports) Other Conference


The Big 12 Conference sponsors championship competition in ten men's and thirteen women's NCAA sanctioned sports.[22]

Teams in Big 12 Conference competition
Cross Country910
Swimming & Diving35
Track and Field (Indoor)910
Track and Field (Outdoor)910

Men's sponsored sports by school

& Diving
& Field
& Field
Big 12
Oklahoma StateYYYYYNYYYY9
West VirginiaYYNYYYNNNY6
Affiliate Members
Air ForceY1
Fresno StateY1
North Dakota StateY1
Northern ColoradoY1
Northern IowaY1
South Dakota StateY1
Utah ValleyY1

    Men's (and Coed – see Rifle) varsity sports not sponsored by the Big 12 Conference which are played by Big 12 schools:

    OklahomaMountain Pacific Sports FederationNoNo
    TCUNoPatriot Rifle ConferenceNo
    West VirginiaNoGreat America Rifle ConferenceMid-American Conference
    • Rifle is often categorized as a men's sport because the NCAA bylaws that establish scholarship limits for each sport list rifle as a men's sport.[23] Nonetheless, it is an open coed sport in NCAA college athletics, with men's, women's, and coed teams in all NCAA divisions competing against each other. TCU and West Virginia both field coed teams. Through 2017, West Virginia with 19 national titles and TCU with two, together have won over half of the NCAA titles awarded since the inaugural NCAA championship in 1980. West Virginia also won four pre-NCAA national titles.

    Women's sponsored sports by school

    & Diving
    & Field
    & Field
    Big 12
    Kansas StateYYNYNYYNNYYYY9
    Oklahoma StateYYYYNNYYNYYYN9
    West VirginiaYYNNYYYNYYYYY10
    Affiliate Members
    Fresno StateY1

    Women's (and Coed – see Rifle) varsity sports not sponsored by the Big 12 Conference which are played by Big 12 schools:

    SchoolAcrobatics & Tumbling[lower-alpha 1][lower-alpha 2]Beach VolleyballRifle[lower-alpha 3]
    TCUNoCoastal Collegiate Sports Association[25]Patriot Rifle Conference
    West VirginiaNoNoGreat America Rifle Conference
    1. Not an NCAA sanctioned sport.
    2. Recommended for inclusion in the NCAA Emerging Sports for Women program in 2020–21.
    3. Rifle is often categorized as a men's sport because the NCAA bylaws that establish scholarship limits for each sport list rifle as a men's sport.[24] Nonetheless, it is an open coed sport in NCAA college athletics, with men's, women's, and coed teams in all NCAA divisions competing against each other. TCU and West Virginia both field coed teams. Through 2018, West Virginia with 19 national titles and TCU with two, together have won over half of the NCAA titles awarded since the inaugural NCAA championship in 1980. West Virginia also won four pre-NCAA national titles.


    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.

    Distinctive elements

    Original Big 12 Conference logo from 1996 to 2004
    Big 12 Conference logo from 2004 to 2014

    Football championship game takes hiatus, returns in 2017

    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.[26] (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.[27] 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.[28] This followed the passage of a new NCAA rule allowing all FBS conferences to hold "exempt" football championship games regardless of their membership numbers.[29]

    Population base

    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.

    As of 2013, out of the 115.6 million TV households nationwide there are 13,427,130 TV households in those states (11.6%),[30][31] 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.[32]

    Grant of Rights

    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."[33]

    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.[34]

    Prior to this agreement, the Big Ten and Pac-12 also had similar GOR agreements.[35] The Big 12 subsequently assisted the ACC in drafting its GOR agreement.[36] Four of the five major conferences now have such agreements, with the SEC the only exception.

    Tier 3 events

    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.[37] 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.[38] Texas alone will earn more than $150 million of that total from their Longhorn Network.[39]


    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.[46] 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.[47][48] 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.[47]

    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.[49]

    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).[50]

    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.[51] The deal, valued at an estimated $1.1 billion, runs until 2025.[52] 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;[53] the new deal was estimated to be worth $2.6 billion through the 2025 expiration.[54] 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.[55] The per-school payout under the deal is expected to reach $44 million, according to Commissioner Bob Bowlsby.[56]

    Revenue ranking

    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.[57]

    2014–15 Conference Rank Institution 2014–15 Total Revenue from Athletics[58] 2014–15 Total Expenses on Athletics[58] 2014–15 Average Spending per student-athlete[59]
    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
    3 Baylor University $106,078,643 $106,078,643 $153,737
    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[60] Hilton Coliseum 14,356 Non-baseball school[lower-alpha 1]
    Kansas David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium 50,071[63] Allen Fieldhouse 16,300 Hoglund Ballpark 2,500
    Kansas State Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium 50,000[64] Bramlage Coliseum 12,528 Tointon Family Stadium 2,000
    Oklahoma Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium 80,126[65] Lloyd Noble Center 11,562 L. Dale Mitchell Baseball Park 3,180
    Oklahoma State Boone Pickens Stadium 56,790[66] Gallagher-Iba Arena 13,611 Allie P. Reynolds Stadium
    O'Brate Stadium
    3,500[lower-alpha 2]
    Texas Darrell K Royal–Texas Memorial Stadium 100,119[68] Frank Erwin Center 16,540 UFCU Disch-Falk Field 6,649
    TCU Amon G. Carter Stadium 45,000[69] Schollmaier Arena 6,700[70] Lupton Stadium 4,500
    Texas Tech Jones AT&T Stadium 60,862[71][72][73][74] United Supermarkets Arena 15,098 Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park 4,528
    West Virginia Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium 60,000[75] WVU Coliseum 14,000[76] Monongalia County Ballpark 3,500[77]
    1. Iowa State discontinued its participation in baseball as an NCAA-recognized activity following the 2001 season.[61] It participates in club baseball as a member of the National Club Baseball Association. Games are played at Cap Timm Field, capacity 3,000.[62]
    2. Opening March 20, 2020. Permanent seated capacity of 3,500; expandable to 8,000.[67]


    National championships

    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.[78]

    National team titles by institution

    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
    SchoolTotal titlesTitles as a member
    of the Big 12
    NCAA titles[79]AIAW titlesNotes
    Texas5218444UT has 4 recognized football titles
    Oklahoma State521052
    Oklahoma381530OU has 7 recognized NCAA football titles
    West Virginia22419WVU has 3 pre-NCAA rifle titles
    Iowa State180135
    Kansas13211KU has 2 Helms basketball titles
    TCU604TCU has 2 recognized football titles
    Baylor544Baylor has 1 Equestrian title
    Texas Tech212
    Kansas State000

    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

    Conference champions

    The Conference sponsors 23 sports, 10 men's and 13 women's.[80]

    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.

    Conference titles by school

    All-Time Big 12 Championships By School Through June 12, 2019.[81]

    • Baylor – 80
    • Iowa State – 25
    • Kansas – 38
    • Kansas State – 17
    • Oklahoma – 83
    • Oklahoma State – 75
    • TCU – 10
    • Texas – 180
    • Texas Tech – 25
    • West Virginia – 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.[82]

    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.

    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. The Nebraska-Oklahoma rivalry was one of the most intense in college football history. (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. 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).[83] 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."[83]

    Championship game

    The Big 12 Championship Game game was approved by all members except Nebraska.[84] 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.[85]

    After 2010, the game was moved to Arlington for 2011, 2012, and 2013.[86] However, the decision became moot following the 2010 season because the league lacked sufficient members.[87]

    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:

    • The game involves the top two teams following a full round-robin conference schedule.
    • The game involves two divisional winners, each having played a full round-robin schedule in its division.

    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.

    Bowl affiliations

    The following are bowl games for the Big 12 for the 2019 season.

    Pick Name[88] Location Opposing conference
    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 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.[89]

    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 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–TCUThe Revivalry1151899
    Baylor–Texas TechTexas Farm Bureau Insurance Shootout781929
    Iowa State-Kansas StateFarmageddon1031917
    Kansas–Kansas StateSunflower ShowdownGovernor's Cup1121902
    Oklahoma-Oklahoma StateBedlamBedlam Bell1141904
    Oklahoma–TexasRed River ShowdownGolden Hat1151900
    TCU–Texas TechThe West Texas ChampionshipThe Saddle Trophy621926
    Texas–Texas TechChancellor's Spurs691928

    Rivalries with former members

    BeganLast meeting
    Baylor–Texas A&MBattle of the Brazos10818992011
    Iowa State–MissouriTelephone Trophy[90]10418962011
    Kansas–MissouriBorder WarIndian War Drum[90]12018912011
    Missouri–NebraskaVictory Bell10418922010
    Missouri–OklahomaTiger–Sooner Peace Pipe9619022011
    Texas A&M–Texas Tech7019272011
    Texas–Texas A&MLone Star ShowdownLone Star Showdown Trophy11818942011

    Men's basketball

    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.[91]

    Conference champions

    Big 12 basketball teams currently play a "home and away" double round robin 18-game schedule, expanded from 16 games after the 2011 realignment. 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
    1996–97 Kansas Kansas
    1997–98 Kansas (2) Kansas (2)
    1998–99 Texas Kansas (3)
    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
    Kansas (5)
    Oklahoma State (2)
    2005–06 Texas (2)
    Kansas (6)
    Kansas (4)
    2006–07 Kansas (7) Kansas (5)
    2007–08 Texas (3)
    Kansas (8)
    Kansas (6)
    2008–09 Kansas (9) Missouri
    2009–10 Kansas (10) Kansas (7)
    2010–11 Kansas (11) Kansas (8)
    2011–12 Kansas (12) Missouri (2)
    2012–13 Kansas (13)
    Kansas State
    Kansas (9)
    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)
    Texas Tech
    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.

    NCAA tournament performance

    Totals though the end of the 2015-16 season.[92]

    SchoolAppearancesFinal FoursChampionships
    Baylor 11 2 0
    Iowa State 19 1 0
    Kansas 46 14 3
    Kansas State 28 4 0
    Oklahoma 31 6 0
    Oklahoma State 27 6 2
    TCU 7 0 0
    Texas 34 3 0
    Texas Tech 16 1 0
    West Virginia 28 2 0

    All-time records

    Totals though the end of the 2018–19 season.[93]

    TeamBig 12 RecordBig 12 Winning %Overall RecordOverall Winning %Big 12 Regular Season ChampionshipsBig 12 Tournament Championships
    Baylor 94–157 .375 1287–1337 .490 - -
    Colorado 95-145 .396 - - - -
    Iowa State 181–184 .496 1376-1323 .510 2 5
    Kansas 179–43 .805 2186-836 .723 18 11
    Kansas State 90–131 .407 1581-1123 .585 2 -
    Missouri 139-119 .539 - - - 2
    Nebraska 97-143 .404 - - - -
    Oklahoma 151–100 .602 1626-1035 .613 1 3
    Oklahoma State 130–121 .518 1606-1130 .587 1 2
    TCU 8–64 .111 1160–1366 .459 - -
    Texas 157–94 .626 1738-1035 .627 3 -
    Texas A&M 98-160 .380 - - - -
    Texas Tech 84–167 .335 1351-1080 .556 1 -
    West Virginia 39–33 .542 1702-1059 .616 - -

    Overall series records

    Totals though the end of the 2015–16 season.[93]

      Baylor Iowa State Kansas Kansas State Oklahoma Oklahoma State TCU Texas Texas Tech West Virginia
    vs. Baylor 13–16 4–25 16–12 7–35 15–28 9–0 14–32 21–20 6–3
    vs. Iowa State 16–13 12–33 22–20 13–17 12–17 8–0 11–17 14–13 5–3
    vs. Kansas 25–4 33–12 44–5 23–6 22–10 8–1 23–7 24–4 6–3
    vs. Kansas State 12–16 20–22 5–44 12–14 11–17 7–2 12–15 15–13 3–5
    vs. Oklahoma 35–7 17–13 6–23 14–12 25–19 7–1 24–23 28–14 6–3
    vs. Oklahoma State 28–15 17–12 10–22 17–11 19–25 6–2 17–29 32–15 4–4
    vs. TCU 0–9 0–8 1–8 2–7 1–7 2–6 1–8 3–6 0–9
    vs. Texas 32–14 17–11 7–23 15–12 23–24 29–17 8–1 38–6 6–3
    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
    Total 105–171 113–133 208–52 97–148 161–115 150–135 10–68 175–111 92–183 41–37


    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.[94]

    By school

    • As of the completion of the 2018 tournament.
    School Appearances W-L Pct Tourney Titles Title Years
    Baylor 21 35–37 .486 1 2018
    Iowa State 1 1–2 .333 0
    Kansas 9 10–17 .370 1 2006
    Kansas State 10 14–18 .438 0
    Missouri 13 22–19 .536 1 2012
    Nebraska 10 28–10 .737 4 1999, 2000, 2001, 2005
    Oklahoma 21 36–35 .507 2 1997, 2013
    Oklahoma State 19 25–35 .417 2 2004, 2017, 2019
    TCU 5 12–7 .632 2 2014, 2016
    Texas 18 41–29 .586 5 2002, 2003, 2008, 2009, 2015
    Texas A&M 13 24–18 .571 3 2007, 2010, 2011
    Texas Tech 17 18–34 .346 1 1998
    West Virginia 5 8–8 .500 0



    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.)

    Men’s Basketball

    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.

    Women’s Basketball

    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.

    Other 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.

    Local coverage

    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.


    School Provider
    Baylor Nike
    Iowa State Nike
    Kansas Adidas
    Kansas State Nike
    Oklahoma Nike
    Air Jordan
    Oklahoma State Nike
    Texas Nike
    TCU Nike
    Texas Tech Under Armour
    West Virginia Nike


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