Pac-12 Football Championship Game History

The 2022 contest pits the two teams with the highest conference winning percentage

Posted on November 27, 2022


  By SuperWest Sports Staff

This year’s Pac-12 Football Championship Game between USC and Utah will be the 12th since its inception in 2011, following the addition of Colorado and Utah.

It is the first year in which the highest conference-winning percentage has determined the participants, following the elimination of divisions.

The game will once again be played at Allegiant Stadium in Paradise, Nev. From 2014 to 2019, it was played at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. In 2020, it was played in the Los Angeles Coliseum, due to the Covid pandemic.

The first three editions 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.

The game is usually held on the first Friday following the end of the regular season, with the winner being awarded the Pac-12 Conference’s automatic berth in the Rose Bowl Game.

If the winning team is selected to play in the College Football Playoff (CFP), and/or in seasons where the Rose Bowl hosts a CFP semifinal, another team may be chosen.

Television broadcast rights to the game are shared by Fox Sports in even years and ESPN in most odd years, with the 2019 and 2021 editions on ABC.

Below you’ll find a table with winners and runner-ups by year, with location, attendance, and game MVP, followed by a breakdown of appearances and wins, losses,  winning percentage, and title counts by program.


Pac-12 Championship Game Results by Year

YearWinnerPtsRunner-UpPtsLocationMVP
2021No. 14 Utah38No. 10 Oregon10Paradise, NVDevin Lloyd, Utah
2020Oregon31No. 13 USC24Los Angeles, CAKayvon Thibodeaux, Oregon
2019No. 13 Oregon37No. 5 Utah15Santa Clara, CAC.J. Verdell, Oregon
2018No. 11 Washington10No. 17 Utah3Santa Clara, CAByron Murphy, Washington
2017No. 11 USC31No. 14 Stanford28Santa Clara, CASam Darnold, USC
2016No. 4 Washington41No. 9 Colorado10Santa Clara, CATaylor Rapp, Washington
2015No. 7 Stanford41No. 24 USC22Santa Clara, CAChristian McCaffrey, Stanford
2014No. 3 Oregon51No. 8 Arizona13Santa Clara, CAMarcus Mariota, Oregon
2013No. 7 Stanford38No. 11 ASU14Tempe, AZTyler Gaffney, Stanford
2012No. 8 Stanford27No. 17 UCLA24Stanford, CAKevin Hogan, Stanford
2011No. 8 Oregon49UCLA31Eugene, ORLaMichael James, Oregon

Pac-12 Championship Game Results by Program

GamesProgramWLPct.TitlesRunners-Up
5Oregon41.8002011, 2014, 2019, 20202021
4Stanford31.7502012, 2013, 20152017
4USC12.33320172015, 2020
4Utah12.33320212018, 2019
2Washington201.0002016, 2018
2UCLA02.0002011, 2012
1Arizona01.0002014
1Arizona State01.0002013
1Colorado01.0002016



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