The PAC 12 Conference is known as the “Conference of Champions,” and PAC 12 Football has historically been one of their biggest strengths. The “Conference of Champions” slogan is derived from the number of NCAA Championships won by the conference, which currently resides at more than 500. They have nearly 200 more NCAA Championships than the next best conference (in current Conference configuration), the Big 10, with 307.
PAC 12 Football Championships are not counted in those totals because there was not an officially-sanctioned NCAA Championship until 2014 with the creation of the College Football Playoff. Although they might not count in the NCAA record books, make no mistake the PAC 12 Football Championship game is a huge deal in this Conference. Before that time, the general determination of the “NCAA Football Champion” was made using polls aggregated by various selectors. As such, there are occasionally discrepancies over the team that would be crowned champions in any given year. This was often true when involving mid-major teams going undefeated and beating a “Power 5” conference opponent in a major bowl game.
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Note: New Year’s Six Bowl games refer to the Rose Bowl, Cotton Bowl, Peach Bowl, Orange Bowl, and Sugar Bowl with two of the six games used as College Football Playoff (CFP) Semifinal games.
PAC 12 Conference Teams
The University of Arizona Wildcats joined the PAC 12 Conference together with their biggest rival, Arizona State, in 1978. To date, the Arizona Wildcats have not secured an NCAA National Championship (or a PAC 12 Championship). They have played in 21 bowl games and have a 9-11-1 record in them.
They have made a New Year’s Six Bowl game three times (1979, 1993, and 2014). All three have been the Fiesta Bowl where they have a 1-2 record. Their lone New Year’s Six victory cane in the 1993 Fiesta Bowl where they defeated the Miami Hurricanes 29-0. They have also lost to the Pittsburgh Panthers 10-16 in 1979 and the Boise State Broncos 30-38 in 2014.
The Wildcats have won six conference titles (1933, 1934, 1941, 1964, 1973, and 1993). Only one conference title (before the creation of the PAC 12 Football Championship game and expansion) was won while competing in PAC 12 football, and they won one South Division title in 2014.
Located: Tucson, Arizona
Home Stadium: Arizona Stadium (Capacity 55,675)
Current Head coach: Kevin Sumlin (since 208)
2019 base salary: $2M per year plus incentives
Claimed National Championships: N/A
The Arizona State University Sun Devils joined the PAC 12 Conference together with their biggest rival, the University of Arizona, in 1978. To date, the Arizona State Sun Devils claim two NCAA National Championships from 1970 and 1975. The Sun Devils have won three Conference Championships in the PAC-10 era, but none in the PAC-12 Football era. They have played in 31 bowl games and have a 14-16-1 record in them.
They have made a New Year’s Six Bowl game nine times (1970-1995, 1977, 1983, 1987, 1997). They have had six appearances in the Fiesta Bowl where they have a 5-1 record. They have defeated Florida State, Missouri, Pittsburgh, Nebraska, and Oklahoma. Their lone Fiesta Bowl loss came in the 1977 Fiesta Bowl where they were defeated by Penn State 30-42. They appeared once in the Peach Bowl maintaining a perfect 1-0 record with the defeat of the North Carolina Tar Heels. The Sun Devils have made two appearances in the Rose Bowl with a 1-1 record beating Michigan 22-15 in 1987 and losing to Ohio State 17-20 in 1997.
The Sun Devils have won seventeen conference titles, but most were with other conferences. They won seven in the Border Conference (1931, 1939, 1940, 1952, 1957, 1959, and 1961). They would then enter the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) and capture seven more (1969-1973, 1975, and 1977) before joining the PAC 10 conference where they won in 1986, 1996, and 2007. No PAC 12 Football Championship game existed before the expansion to the PAC 12, so the 2007 title is shared as co-champions.
Located: Tempe, Arizona
Home Stadium: Sun Devil Stadium (Capacity 53,999)
Current Head coach: Herm Edwards (since 2018)
2019 base salary: $2.25M per year plus incentives
Claimed National Championships: 2 (1970, 1975)
The University of California, Berkeley Golden Bears, joined the Pacific Coast Conference (PCC) in 1915. The PCC was the precursor to the PAC-8 which would eventually become the PAC-12. To date, the Golden Bears claim four NCAA National Championships. They have played in 23 bowl games and have an 11-11-1 record in them. The Golden Bears haven’t won any PAC 12 Football Championships (Division or Conference).
They have made a New Year’s Six Bowl game nine times. They have been a part of the Citrus Bowl once (1991), and eight Rose Bowl appearances (1920-1921, 1928, 1937, 1948-1950, and 1958). They have a record of 3-5-1 in those games. California won their only Citrus Bowl appearance against Clemson 37-13. They beat Alabama 13-0 in 1937 and then Ohio State 20-0 in 1920 for their two wins in the Rose Bowl. They would lose to Washington and Jefferson, Georgia Tech, Northwestern, Ohio State, Michigan, and Iowa.
The Golden Bears have won 14 conference titles (1918, 1920-1923, 1935, 1937-1938, 1948-1950, and 1958) all of which were as a member of the PCC.
Located: Berkeley, California
Home Stadium: California Memorial Stadium (Capacity 63,000)
Current Head coach: Justin Wilcox (since 2017)
2019 base salary: $1.5M per year plus incentives (lowest in the PAC-12)
Claimed National Championships: 5 (1920-1923, 1937)
The University of Colorado, Boulder Buffalos, joined the PAC 12 Conference together with the University of Utah in 2011. To date, the Colorado Buffs lay claim to a single NCAA National Championship, though it is disputed by Georgia Tech who also claims the year. They have played in 29 bowl games and have a 12-17 record in them.
They have made a New Year’s Six Bowl game ten times (1979, 1993, and 2014). Colorado is most familiar with the Orange Bowl which they’ve played 5 times and have a 2-3 record. In their two victorious Orange Bowl appearances they Clemson 27-21 in 1948, and Notre Dame 10-9 in 1990. In their Orange Bowl losses, they would lose to LSU 7-25 in 1961, Ohio State 10-27 in 1976, and Notre Dame 6-21 in 1989. They have also played in three Fiesta Bowls going 1-2, beating Notre Dame 41-24 in 1994 and losing to Syracuse 22-26 in 1992 and Oregon 16-38 in 2001. They have appeared in the Cotton Bowl twice, winning one and losing one. They beat Oregon 38-6 in 1995 and lost 14-28 to Rice in 1937.
The Buffalos have won a total of 27 conference titles across five different conferences. While a member of the Colorado Football Association, they won 8 (1894-1897, 1901-1903, and 1908) although the 1908 championship was shared. As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, they won 9 titles (1909-1911, 1913, 1923-1924, 1934-1935, 1937). In the 1940s, they would record a string of three straight (1942-1944) and one other (1939). They would also register six titles as a member of the Big Eight/Big-12 conference (1961, 1976, 1989-1991, 2001) sharing the 1991 title. As a member of the Big-12, they won four North Division titles (2001-2002, 2004-2005) and they would win a PAC 12 South Division title in 2016.
Located: Boulder, Colorado
Home Stadium: Folsom Field (Capacity 50,183)
Current Head coach: Mel Tucker (since 2019)
2019 base salary: $2.4M per year plus incentives
Claimed National Championships: 1 (1990)
The University of Oregon Ducks were a founding member of the Pacific Coast Conference (PCC) which was a predecessor for the PAC 12 Conference. They officially joined the Pacific-8 (PAC 8) in 1964 with their local rival, Oregon State. Despite a period of immense success in the 2010s, they do not claim an NCAA National Championship. The Ducks have played in 32 bowl games with a 14-18 overall record in Bowl games.
They have made a New Year’s Six Bowl game (or CFP Semifinal/Final game) 13 times (1917, 1920, 1949, 1958, 1995, 1996, 2001-2003, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 ). They have made 7 Rose Bowl appearances, 2 Cotton Bowl, 2 Fiesta Bowl, a CFP National Title game, and a BCS National Championship game which they lost to Big 10 Conference team, Ohio State.
The Ducks have won at least a share of 11 Conference titles across several Conferences. They won four (shared) titles in the Pacific Coast Conference (1919, 1933, 1948, and 1957). As a member of the PAC 10/12, they won seven more (1 one of which is shared) in 1994, 2000,-2001, 2009-2011, and 2014. The Ducks have won four PAC 12 North Division titles, although three of them are shared (2011-2014).
Located: Eugene, Oregon
Home Stadium: Autzen Stadium (Capacity 54,000)
Current Head coach: Mario Cristobal (since 2018)
2019 base salary: $2.5M per year plus incentives
Claimed National Championships: N/A
Oregon State was also a founding member of the Pacific Coast Conference which would be the eventual precursor to what is now the PAC 12 Conference. The Oregon State University Beavers joined the PAQ 8 in 1964 with their rivals at the University of Oregon. The Beavers do not claim an NCAA National Championship. However, the Beavers have played in 17 Bowl games with an 11-7 record.
The Beavers have made a New Year’s Six Bowl game four times (1941, 1956, 1964, and 2000) where they have a 2-2 overall record. Oregon State fans are most familiar with the Rose Bowl for New Year’s Six. In 1941, the Beavers would be Duke 20-16 to claim their only Rose Bowl win. Both other appearances were losses against Iowa in 1956, losing 19-35 and then again to Michigan in 1964 by a score of 7-34. In their only Fiesta Bowl appearance in 2000, they would defeat Notre Dame by a score of 41-9.
Oregon State has won at least a share of five Conference titles across several Conferences. They won three titles (one shared) in the Pacific Coast Conference (1941, 1956-1957). As a member of the PAC 10/12, they won one more (shared title) in 2000. The Beavers have not won a PAC 12 division title.
Located: Corvallis, Oregon
Home Stadium: Reser Stadium (Capacity 43,363)
Current Head coach: Jonathan Smith (since 2018)
2019 base salary: $1.9M per year plus incentives
Claimed National Championships: N/A
The Stanford Cardinal was one of the founding members of the Pacific Coast Conference. They would join the PAC 8 in 1968 and would remain there until it would eventually grow into the PAC 12 Conference. They claim two NCAA Championships in 1926 and 1940. The Cardinal have taken part in 30 Bowl games with a 15-14-1 record.
The Cardinal have made a New Year’s Six Bowl game 17 times (1901, 1924, 1926-1927, 1933-1935, 1940, 1951, 1970-1971, 1999, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2015). In their 15 Rose Bowl appearances, the Cardinals are 7-7-1 overall. They secured Rose Bowl victories of Michigan, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Ohio State, Iowa, SMU, and Pittsburgh. They would lose to Michigan, Columbia, Notre Dame, Alabama, Michigan State, Illinois, Wisconsin, and their lone tie would also be with Alabama. They appeared once in the Fiesta Bowl in 2011 where they played against East Carolina and were defeated 13-19. Stanford has also played in the Orange Bowl only once, in 2010 against Oklahoma State where they would lose 41-38 in overtime.
Stanford has won at least a share of fifteen Conference titles (only four are shared) across the Pacific Coast Conference and the PAC-12 evolution. They won eight titles (three shared) in the Pacific Coast Conference (1924, 1926-1927, 1933-1935, 1940, 1951). As a member of the PAC 10/12, they won seven PAC-12 Football Championship titles (1970-1971, 1992, 1999, 2012, 2013, and 2015). However, the 1992 conference title was shared. The Cardinal have won a share of five PAC-12 Football North division titles (2011-2013, 2015, and 2017) with four of the five titles shared.
Located: Stanford, California
Home Stadium: Stanford Stadium (Capacity 50,424)
Current Head coach: David Shaw (since 2011)
2019 base salary: $4.3M per year plus incentives
Claimed National Championships: 2 (1926, 1940)
The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Bruins joined the Pacific Coast Conference but would be the last member to join in 1928. The Bruins would join the PAC 8 and have held membership since well before the expansion to the PAC 12 Conference. The Bruins claim one NCAA football championship in 1954. The Bruins have played in 35 bowl games with a record of 16-19-1.
The Bruins have made a New Year’s Six Bowl game 16 times (1943, 1947, 1954, 1962, 1966, 1976, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1994, and 1998). In their 12 Rose Bowl appearances, the Bruins are 5-7 overall. They secured Rose Bowl victories over Michigan State, Michigan, Ohio State, Illinois, and Iowa. They would lose games to Georgia, Illinois, Michigan State (twice), Minnesota, Wisconsin (twice), and Fresno State. They have appeared twice in the Fiesta Bowl going 1-0-1 with a win over Miami 39-37 in the 1984 season and a 10-10 tie with Arkansas in 1978. UCLA has also taken part in two Cotton Bowl games with a 2-0 record with a 17-3 win over Arkansas in 1989 and a 29-23 win over Texas A&M in 1998.
UCLA has won at least a share of seventeen Conference championships (six shared) across the Pacific Coast Conference and the previous versions of the now-PAC-12 Conference. They won six titles (1 shared) as a member of the Pacific Coast Conference (1942, 1946, 1953-1955) with the 1935 season the only one shared. The Bruins are also three-time AAWU Conference Champions (1959, 1961, 1965), and the only shared title during that time was 1959. Since joining the eventual PAC 12 Conference, they have eight Conference Football Championships (1982-1983, 1985, 1987, 1993, 1997-1998) with four shared titles (1975, 1987, 1993, 1997). In addition, UCLA has two PAC 12 South division championships (2011, 2012).
Located: Los Angeles, California
Home Stadium: Rose Bowl (Capacity 92,542)
Current Head coach: Chip Kelly (since 2017)
2019 base salary: $3.3M per year plus incentives
Claimed National Championships: 1 (1954)
The University of Southern California (USC) Trojans joined the Pacific Coast Conference in 1922 where it would remain until it joined the PAC 12 Conference in 1959. The Trojans are one of the greatest programs with substantial history, however, bits are marred with controversy or NCAA penalties. The Trojans claim eleven NCAA Champions and have six more mired in controversy. The Trojans have played in 52 bowl games, complete with a 34-18 record. USC has earned the moniker “Tailback U” because of the number of running backs that have won the Heisman Trophy while at the school.
The Trojans have made it to an astounding 39 New Year’s Six Bowl games (1922, 1929, 1931-1932, 1938, 1939, 1943-1945, 1947, 1952, 1954, 1962, 1966-1969, 1972-1974, 1976, 1978-1979, 1981, 1984, 1987-1989, 1995-1996, 2002-2008, 2016-2017). In 34 Rose Bowls, the Trojans have a combined record of 21-13 beating most of the big names, and then suffering losses by the same big names in a latter season. USC is undefeated in their 2 Orange Bowl trips with wins over Iowa 38-17 in 2002 and Oklahoma 55-19 in 2004. In Cotton Bowl games, they split the outcomes with a 55-14 win over Texas Tech in 1994 and a loss to Ohio State 7-24 in 2017. They have played in only 1 Fiesta Bowl where they were defeated 10-26 by Penn State in 1981.
In similarly impressive fashion, the Trojans have won 39 conference champions between the Pacific Coast Conference and the PAC 12 Conference evolutions. They are co-PAC 12 Football Champions nine times, with two of the 39 revoked for NCAA penalties. Since the split into divisions upon the entrance of Colorado and Utah, the Trojans have officially won the PAC 12 South Division three times (2011, 2015, 2017). However, one of those they were ineligible for postseason competition (2011), one was shared (2015), and one was outright (2017).
Located: Los Angeles, California
Home Stadium: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (Capacity 78,500)
Current Head coach: Clay Helton (since 2016)
2019 base salary: $2.7M per year plus incentives
Claimed National Championships: 11 (1928, 1931, 1932, 1939, 1962, 1967, 1972, 1974, 1978, 2003, 2004)
The University of Utah Utes are one of the recent additions to the PAC 12 Conference, along with Rocky Mountain Rival Colorado. The Utes have played in a myriad of conferences including the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Mountain States Athletic Conference, Western Athletic Conference, Mountain West Conference, and finally, the PAC 12. The Utes were the “original BCS Buster” team from a non-BCS Automatic Bid conference to play in a BCS Bowl game. The Utes claim the 2008 NCAA Football Title after going undefeated 13-0 and beating the Alabama Crimson Tide 31-17 in the Sugar Bowl. The Utes have been to 22 Bowl games, notching a 17-5 record.
The Utes have made a New Year’s Six Bowl game only twice, with one Fiesta Bowl and one Sugar Bowl. In the 2005 Fiesta Bowl, the Utes defeated Pittsburgh 35-7 and in the 2008 Sugar Bowl, they defeated Alabama with a score of 31-17. The Utes boast a perfect record at 2-0 in such games.
The University of Utah has won at least a share of 24 Championships throughout their history, including five shared titles (1922, 1926, 1928-1933, 1938, 1940-1942, 1947-1948, 1951-1953, 1957, 1964, 1995, 1999, 2003-2004, and 2008). All of their titles predate the PAC 12 Conference. The Utes have at least a share of the South Division title twice (2015, 2018) although they would fail to advance in 2015 due to USC holding the tiebreaker.
Located: Salt Lake City, Utah
Home Stadium: Rice-Eccles Stadium (Capacity 45,807)
Current Head coach: Kyle Whittingham (since 2005)
2019 base salary: $3.7M per year plus incentives
Claimed National Championships: 1 (2008)
The University of Washington Huskies is one of the four founding members of the Pacific Coast Conference (PCC) in 1916. They have played in only the PCC and the PAC 12 Conference, though the latter claims all the formers accomplishments. The Huskies and the Golden Bears are the only schools to have uninterrupted membership in the Conference. Washington claims two NCAA Football Titles (1960, 1991) and has appeared in 38 NCAA Sanctioned games (along with some “unsanctioned” games) recording a 17-20-1 record.
The Huskies have made a New Year’s Six Bowl game eighteen times (1923, 1925, 1936, 1943, 1959-1960, 1963, 1977, 1980-1981, 1984, 1990-1992, 200, 2016-2017, 2018). They have played in 15 Rose Bowls with a total record of 7-7-1 in those games. The singular 14-14 tie came against the United States Naval Academy in 1923. Washington has recorded victories over Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan (twice), Iowa (twice), Maryland, Purdue, and Ohio State. They lost against Alabama (twice), Pittsburgh, USC, Illinois, Michigan (twice), Penn State, Iowa, and Ohio State. In their only Orange Bowl appearance, the University of Washington defeated Oklahoma 28-17 in 1984. Washington has appeared in one Peach Bowl (doubling as a CFP semifinal) where they were defeated by the University of Alabama 7-24. The Huskies only Fiesta Bowl appearance was a 28-35 loss to Penn State in 2017.
The University of Washington has won at least a share of seventeen Conference championships (four shared) across the PCC, AAWU, and the PAC-12 evolutions. They won 4 titles (1 shared) in the Pacific Coast Conference, 3 in the AAWU (1 shared) and ten PAC 12 Football Championships (three shared). The Huskies compete in the PAC-12 North Division, which they have won three consecutive times (2015-2018), although two of the three were shared titles.
Located: Seattle, Washington
Home Stadium: Husky Stadium (70,083)
Current Head coach: Chris Peterson (since 2014)
2019 base salary: $4.4M per year plus incentives
Claimed National Championships: 2 (1960, 1991)
Washington State University Football
The Washington State University Cougars joined the PAC 12 Conference together with their biggest rival, the University of Washington, in 1964. To date, the Washington State Cougars have not secured an NCAA National Championship. They were also part of the precursor Pacific Coast Conference (PCC) but there would be a three-year gap between leaving the PCC and joining the PAC 12. The Cougars have appeared in 15 games, and have earned an 8-7 record in them.
The Cougars have made a New Year’s Six Bowl game four times (1915, 1930, 1997, and 2002). They have a 1-3 record in Rose Bowl games, with the lone win coming against Brown 14-0 in 1915. They lost to Alabama 0-24 in 1930, Michigan 16-21 in 1997 and Oklahoma 14-34 in 2002.
Washington State University has won at least a share of four Conference championships (two shared) across the PCC and the PAC-12 evolutions. They won 2 titles in the Pacific Coast Conference and two PAC 12 Football Championships (both shared). The Cougars compete in the PAC 12 North Division, which they have won a share of once, in 2018. Although their rival Washington would represent the North having the tiebreaker over the Cougars.
Located: Pullman, Washington
Home Stadium: Martin Stadium (Capacity 32,952)
Current Head coach: Mike Leach (since 2012)
2019 base salary: $3.5M per year plus incentives
Claimed National Championships: N/A
PAC 12 North Division
- Oregon State
- Washington State
PAC 12 South Division
- Arizona State
Team Standings in PAC 12 Football
2019 PAC 12 Conference Football Championship Game
Date: December 6, 2019
Time: 5:00 P.M., Pacific Standard Time
Location: Levi Stadium (Capacity 68,500-75,000 depending on configuration)
How to watch: ABC Networks
Preseason Favorites: North: Oregon/Washington | South: Utah
Tickets: PAC-12 Championship Game
Previous PAC 12 Football Championship Game Winners
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