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Pac-12 Changes Football Championship Game Format

May 18, 2022, 1:14 PM | Updated: 1:24 pm

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A general view of the PAC-12 logo at midfield before the PAC-12 Football Championship football game between the Oregon Ducks and the Utah Utes at Allegiant Stadium on December 03, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images)

(Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY – The Pac-12 Conference announced a big change to the league’s title game for football starting in the 2022 season.

The league announced the new format shortly after a major update by the NCAA on Wednesday, May 18.

Shortly before the Pac-12’s announcement, the NCAA provided an update on FBS title game participants.

“Division I Council relaxes restrictions for FBS football conference championship games; FBS conferences to determine their championship game participants. All Council actions are not final until today’s meeting ends,” the NCAA tweeted.

A few minutes later, the Pac-12 said that the league would move to a format where the two teams with the best winning percentage would play in the conference’s championship game. In the past, the Pac-12 South and North division leaders played in the title game.

“Our goal is to place our two best teams in our Pac-12 Football Championship Game, which we believe will provide our conference with the best opportunity to optimize 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 in, and the media value of, our Football Championship Game.”

The league said the change would have resulted in a different title game matchup in five of the last 11 championship games.

Here is a breakdown showing how some of the previous title games would have featured different schools under the new format:

The 2022 Pac-12 football title game will take place on December 2.

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