Big 12 Conference Information:
Headquarters: Irving, Texas
Commissioner: Bob Bowlsby
Schools: Baylor University, Iowa State University, University of Kansas, Kansas State University, University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University, University of Texas, Texas Christian University, Texas Tech University and West Virginia University
Titles: 31 team crowns, over 385 individual NCAA Championships
Bowl Games: Fiesta Bowl, Alamo Bowl, Cotton Bowl, Independence Bowl, Insight Bowl, Pinstripe Bowl, Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas
The Big 12 Conference consists of 10 schools located in the central United States, and is home to some of the most successful teams in college football. To name a few, the University of Oklahoma Sooners, the Kansas State University Wildcats, and the University of Texas Longhorns step on the field each year to prove themselves best in the conference.
The Big 12 Conference is a member of NCAA Division I for all sports, and all its football teams compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), formerly Division I-A. Because the FBS is the highest level of NCAA Division I competition, this means these schools are the top pigskin competitors at the inter-collegiate level.
The Big 12 Conference was formed in 1994 as a result of the former Big Eight Conference consolidating with four Texas schools that were released from the disbanded Southwest Conference. Since its inception, the Big 12 Conference leads all conferences with five appearances in Bowl Championship Series title games. Over the past four seasons alone, schools in the conference have come off the field with 12 NCAA trophies in an array of sports, and have clenched 11 national crowns in 12 years.
2012 saw the departure of Texas A&M and Missouri to the SEC and the arrival of West Virginia and TCU.