The underdog covered in each of the first three Pac-12 title games, even though the favorite won outright in each instance. Oregon closed as a 31-point home favorite over UCLA in the inaugural Pac 12 championship in 2011, as the Ducks topped the Bruins, 49-31. UCLA did not own the best record in the South division, as USC could not participate in the game due to NCAA sanctions. The Bruins qualified for the game in 2012 by owning the top mark in the South division, but fell to Stanford, 27-24 as eight-point underdogs. The 'over' cashed each time, including this past season on a 44 total, which is unusually low for a Pac 12 contest.
Starting in 2014, the game was moved to a neutral site in Santa Clara, California at the home of the San Francisco 49ers, Levi's Stadium.
In 2016, Washington routed Colorado to become the first team other than Oregon or Stanford to take home the championship hardware, and the Huskies became the first team in the game's history to have a pair of 100-yard running backs.
USC finally won its first Pac-12 championship game in 2017 by holding off Stanford, 31-28, avenging a 2015 defeat to the Cardinal by 19 points.
In 2018, Washington held off Utah 10-3 in the lowest-scoring battle in the conference title game's brief history. The Huskies earned a trip to the Rose Bowl for the first time since 2000, while the Utes showed well in their first-ever Pac-12 Championship appearance.
In 2019, Utah made its second consecutive trip to Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, and the results were as equally disappointing as last season. Oregon flew out of the chute and never allowed Utah to get back into the game, winning 37-15 to cash as a near-touchdown underdog. With the win, Oregon joined Stanford as the only three-time winner of the game.