The Big 12 Championship returned in 2017, following a six-year hiatus when the title game went away after the league dropped to 10 teams.
The conference had 12 teams that were divided equally into the North and South divisions until 2010. In 2011, Nebraska and Colorado left the conference, while Missouri and Texas A&M exited the league to head to the Southeastern Conference in 2012. TCU and West Virginia entered in 2012 to round out the 10-team conference.
The inaugural Big 12 title game was held in St. Louis in 1996, before heading to San Antonio in 1997 and alternating between the two cities in 1998 and 1999. Kansas City hosted this game in 2000, 2003, 2004, 2006, and 2008, while the championship was held in Texas in 2001, 2002, 2005, and 2007 (Irving in '01, Houston in '02 and '05, and San Antonio in '07).
The game found a permanent home in Arlington, Texas in 2009 and 2010 before the six-year stoppage of this game. In 2017, the Big 12 championship was housed at AT&T Stadium, the home of the Dallas Cowboys and has been the home of this game ever since.
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In the 18-year history of the game, Oklahoma has appeared in the game 11 times, which is the most of all Big 12 schools. The Sooners have come away with 10 wins, which is also the most in conference history. Texas (3) and Nebraska (2) are the only other schools that were able to capture multiple Big 12 championships.
In 2019, the Sooners won their third straight Big 12 title since the championship returned by defeating Baylor 30-23 in overtime. Oklahoma failed to cover as 9 ½-point favorites.
Oklahoma notched another conference title in 2020 as the Sooners held off Iowa State, 27-21 as the Cyclones made their first ever Big 12 championship appearance.
We had some newer faces in the game in 2021, as Baylor won its first-ever conference title game over Oklahoma State, appearing the championship game for the first time.