5 Facts About Big 12

1. The Big 12 does not claim the Big Eight's history as its own, even though it was essentially the Big Eight plus the four Texas schools.

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2. The Big 12 had plenty of strong candidates and was still unstable.

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3. In 2012, the Big 12 formed an alliance with the Southeastern Conference to host a joint post-season college bowl game between the champions of each conference, which would eventually become the Sugar Bowl.

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4. In April 2015, the ACC and the Big 12 developed new rules for the NCAA to deregulate conference championship games.

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5. The Big 12 began athletic play in the fall of 1996, with the Texas Tech vs Kansas State football game being the first-ever sports event staged by the conference.

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