Big Eight Conference Football Championship History
Sponsored by the Big Eight Conference (1907–1995)
School Sponsored Seasons Total Championships Best Finish (Year(s)) Year Champion Head Coach
Colorado 1948–1995 5 1st (1961, 1989, 1990) 1907 Iowa† Mark Catlin
Drake 1908–1927 0 2nd (1922, 1925)   Nebraska† W. C. "King" Cole
Grinnell 1919–1927 0 4th (1924, 1926) 1908 Kansas A. R. Kennedy
Iowa 1907–1910 1 T–1st (1907) 1909 Missouri William W. Roper
Iowa State 1908–1995 2 T–1st (1911, 1912) 1910 Nebraska W. C. "King" Cole
Kansas 1907–1995 5 1st 1908, 1930) 1911 Iowa State† Clyde Williams
Kansas State 1913–1995 1 1st (1934)   Nebraska† E. O. Stiehm
Missouri 1908–1995 12 1st (numerous) 1912 Iowa State† Clyde Williams
Nebraska 1907–1918; 1921–1995 41 1st (numerous)   Nebraska† E. O. Stiehm
Oklahoma 1920–1995 33 1st (numerous) 1913 Missouri† Chester L. Brewer
Oklahoma State 1925–1927; 1960–1995 2 1st (1926)   Nebraska† E. O. Stiehm
Washington 1907–1927 0 4th (1911, 1915) 1914 Nebraska E. O. Stiehm
1915 Nebraska E. O. Stiehm
1916 Nebraska E. J. Stewart
1917 Nebraska E. J. Stewart
1918 No standings World War I
Notes 1919 Missouri John F. Miller
•The total championships include shared championships as a full championship for total purposes. 1920 Oklahoma Bennie Owen
•No standings in 1918 because World War I limited institutional schedules. 1921 Nebraska Fred T. Dawson
•Oklahoma State didn't participate in Big Eight play for football during the 1958 & 1959 seasons most likely due to prior scheduling commitments. 1922 Nebraska Fred T. Dawson
•Nebraska was an independent for the 1919 and 1920 seasons. 1923 Nebraska Fred T. Dawson
1924 Missouri Gwinn Henry
1925 Missouri Gwinn Henry
1926 Oklahoma State John Maulbetsch
1927 Missouri Gwinn Henry
1928 Nebraska Ernie Bearg
1929 Nebraska D. X. Bible
1930 Kansas H. W. Hargiss
1931 Nebraska D. X. Bible
1932 Nebraska D. X. Bible
1933 Nebraska D. X. Bible
1934 Kansas State Lynn Waldorf
1935 Nebraska D. X. Bible
1936 Nebraska D. X. Bible
1937 Nebraska Biff Jones
1938 Oklahoma Tom Stidham
1939 Missouri Don Faurot
1940 Nebraska Biff Jones
1941 Missouri Don Faurot
1942 Missouri Don Faurot
1943 Oklahoma Dewey Luster
1944 Oklahoma Dewey Luster
1945 Missouri Chauncey Simpson
1946 Kansas† George Sauer
  Oklahoma† Jim Tatum
1947 Kansas† George Sauer
  Oklahoma† Bud Wilkinson
1948 Oklahoma Bud Wilkinson
1949 Oklahoma Bud Wilkinson
1950 Oklahoma Bud Wilkinson
1951 Oklahoma Bud Wilkinson
1952 Oklahoma Bud Wilkinson
1953 Oklahoma Bud Wilkinson
1954 Oklahoma Bud Wilkinson
1955 Oklahoma Bud Wilkinson
1956 Oklahoma Bud Wilkinson
1957 Oklahoma Bud Wilkinson
1958 Oklahoma Bud Wilkinson
1959 Oklahoma Bud Wilkinson
1960 Missouri Dan Devine
1961 Colorado Sonny Grandelius
1962 Oklahoma Bud Wilkinson
1963 Nebraska Bob Devaney
1964 Nebraska Bob Devaney
1965 Nebraska Bob Devaney
1966 Nebraska Bob Devaney
1967 Oklahoma Chuck Fairbanks
1968 Kansas† Pepper Rodgers
  Oklahoma† Chuck Fairbanks
1969 Missouri† Dan Devine
  Nebraska† Bob Devaney
1970 Nebraska Bob Devaney
1971 Nebraska Bob Devaney
1972 Nebraska* Bob Devaney
1973 Oklahoma Barry Switzer
1974 Oklahoma Barry Switzer
1975 Nebraska† Tom Osborne
  Oklahoma† Barry Switzer
1976 Oklahoma State† Jim Stanley
  Colorado† Bill Mallory
  Oklahoma† Barry Switzer
1977 Oklahoma Barry Switzer
1978 Nebraska† Tom Osborne
  Oklahoma† Barry Switzer
1979 Oklahoma Barry Switzer
1980 Oklahoma Barry Switzer
1981 Nebraska Tom Osborne
1982 Nebraska Tom Osborne
1983 Nebraska Tom Osborne
1984 Oklahoma† Barry Switzer
  Nebraska† Tom Osborne
1985 Oklahoma Barry Switzer
1986 Oklahoma Barry Switzer
1987 Oklahoma Barry Switzer
1988 Nebraska Tom Osborne
1989 Colorado Bill McCartney
1990 Colorado Bill McCartney
1991 Nebraska† Tom Osborne
  Colorado† Bill McCartney
1992 Nebraska Tom Osborne
1993 Nebraska Tom Osborne
1994 Nebraska Tom Osborne
1995 Nebraska Tom Osborne
† = Denotes a co-champion.
* = Denotes Oklahoma forfeited 1972 championship after player ruled ineligible.
Sources
Historical Standings for Big 12 Members - prior to 1996-97
Big Eight Conference 1994 Football Media Guide
1988–89 Big Eight Conference Records Book; 82nd Year; 28th Edition