The Big 12 Conference is made up of 10 schools that compete in the NCAA Division I for all sports. The football teams for each school compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), and are some of the most popular to watch in the country when it comes to football schedules. The league was previously made up of 12 schools and was formed in 1996 when four teams from the Southwest Conference joined the existing members of the Big Eight. At the time, the schools were split into the Big 12 North and South divisions with eh former Southwest Conference members (Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, and Baylor) being grouped with Oklahoma and Oklahoma State in the South division. Between 2010 and 2013, the Big 12 went through a massive conference realignment (along with the ACC, SEC, PAC-12, Big East, etc), and when the dust settled, TCU and West Virginia were added to the league to bring it to its current strength of eight schools. The conference remains one of the “Power Five” in FBS, and for marketing reasons decided to keep the league name as the Big 12 no matter how many schools are active members. A similar thought process has been applied to the Big Ten and PAC-12. Big 12 teams are consistently in the college football playoff and major college football bowl conversation every year.
Past Big 12 Conference Champions
Big 12 Champions
2011 Oklahoma State 8-1 (Earned a BCS Bowl or CFP Berth)
2012 Kansas State (Earned a BCS Bowl Berth)
2013 Baylor 8-1 (Earned a BCS Bowl Berth)
2014 Baylor 8-1
2015 Oklahoma 8-1 (Earned a CFP Berth)