FLDThe following is a list of NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) conferences holding championship games. As of the current 2017 season, the Sun Belt Conference is the only FBS league that does not hold a championship game.
Before the 2016 season, the NCAA required that a conference have a minimum of 12 teams before it could host a football championship game that did not count against the organization's current limit of 12 regular-season games. This prevented the Big 12 Conference and Sun Belt Conference from hosting championship games, as neither conference had the required number of teams.
The Big 12 previously held a championship game from 1996 to 2010, a period in which it had the required 12 members. The title game was discontinued when the league dropped to 10 members in 2011. Following changes in NCAA rules, it reinstated a championship game in 2017.
The 2017 Sun Belt football season, which saw Coastal Carolina join, though without bowl eligibility until 2018 (Coastal had joined the Sun Belt for other sports in 2016), is the first in which the conference has 12 football members. Due to the aforementioned change in NCAA rules, the Sun Belt became immediately eligible to hold a championship game, even though it had only 11 football members in 2016 and will have only 10 football members in 2018 after the expulsion of Idaho and New Mexico State. The conference announced that it would begin playing a championship game in 2018, though it did not immediately announce how it would determine the participants. Ultimately, the Sun Belt announced its football league would split into two five-team divisions in 2018, with the division winners playing in a title game.
Rankings are pre-game and from the AP Poll.
|Conference||Inaugural Year||Most Recent Champion||Most Recent Runner-up||Most Recent Location|
|AAC Championship Game||2015||#12 UCF Knights (12-0)^||#16 Memphis Tigers (10-2)||Spectrum Stadium - Orlando, FL|
|ACC Championship Game||2005||#1 Clemson Tigers (12-1)||#7 Miami Hurricanes (10-2)^||Bank of America Stadium - Charlotte, NC|
|Big Ten Championship Game||2011||#8 Ohio State Buckeyes (11-2)^||#3 Wisconsin Badgers (12-1)^||Lucas Oil Stadium - Indianapolis, IN|
|Big 12 Championship Game||1996[a]||#2 Oklahoma Sooners (12-1)||#10 TCU Horned Frogs (10-3)||AT&T Stadium - Arlington, TX|
|Conference USA Championship Game||2005||Florida Atlantic Owls (10-3)||North Texas Mean Green (9-4)||FAU Stadium - Boca Raton, Florida|
|MAC Championship Game||1997||Toledo Rockets (11-2)||Akron Zips (7-6)||Ford Field - Detroit, MI|
|Mountain West Championship Game||2013||Boise State Broncos (10-3)||#25 Fresno State Bulldogs (9-4)||Albertsons Stadium - Boise, ID|
|Pac-12 Championship Game||2011||#11 USC Trojans (11-2)^||#14 Stanford Cardinal (9-4)||Levi's Stadium - Santa Clara, CA|
|SEC Championship Game||1992||#6 Georgia Bulldogs (12-1)||#4 Auburn Tigers (10-3)^||Mercedes-Benz Stadium - Atlanta, GA|