Pac-12 Announces Football Championship Game Format Change

SAN FRANCISCO – The Pac-12 conference today announced a change in how teams are determined to qualify for the Pac-12 football championship game presented by 76.

Beginning in 2022, the two teams with the highest conference winning percentage will go head-to-head in championship play. This change would have resulted in a different Pac-12 Football Championship matchup in 5 of the last 11 years.

The measure passed with the unanimous support of the league’s top football coaches, sporting directors and board of directors.

The current Pac-12 conference football schedule, based on two divisions, remains in place for the 2022 season. Planning scenarios for seasons beyond 2022 will continue to be reviewed.

“Our goal is to place our top two teams in our Pac-12 football championship game, which we believe will provide our conference with the best opportunity to streamline CFP invitations and ultimately win national championships,” said Pac- 12 commissioner George Kliavkoff. “Today’s decision is an important step towards that goal and immediately increases both fan interest and media value of our football championship game.”

The NCAA Division I Council today approved the deregulation of the current rule, which had limited an individual conference’s autonomy in determining its participants in soccer championship games. The NCAA Football Oversight Committee had previously recommended this deregulation to the Division I Council based on a motion brought by the Pac-12 and unanimously supported by all FBS conferences.

Year

Original FCG participants

Participants under new system

2011

#9 Oregon vs UCLA

No. 4 Stanford vs. No. 9 Oregon

2012

#8 Stanford vs #16 UCLA

No. 5 Oregon vs. No. 8 Stanford

2013

#7 Stanford vs. #11 Arizona St.

No change

2014

No. 2 Oregon vs. No. 7 Arizona

No change

2015

#7 Stanford vs. #20 USC

No. 7 Stanford vs. No. 16 Oregon

2016

No. 4 Washington vs. No. 9 Colorado

No change

2017

No. 10 USC vs. No. 12 Stanford

No change

2018

No. 11 Washington vs. No. 17 Utah

#11 Washington vs. #13 Washington St.

2019

No. 5 Utah vs. No. 13 Oregon

No change

2020

#13 USC vs. Washington**

No. 13 USC vs. No. 25 Colorado

2021

No. 10 Oregon vs. No. 17 Utah

No change

* CFP rankings used from 2014-21, BCS rankings used from 2011-13

** Washington failed to play FCG in 2020 and was replaced by Oregon as the runner-up team in the North Division.

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