The Big 12 won three quarters of its bowls, which tied for second-best bowl mark ever for a BCS conference

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Big 12 schools won six bowls this year and their 75% winning rate in those games was best among the six major conferences. The SEC (6-3), Big East (3-2), Big Ten (4-6), Pac-12 (2-5) and ACC (2-6) trailed the Big 12 (6-2).

In fact, the Big 12 Conference’s bowl record this year was tied for the second-best mark in the last 16 years (when the Big 12 was formed).

The SEC registered a 7-2 mark after the 2007 season and followed that campaign with a 6-2 post-season slate in 2008.

The Big 12 and the SEC (five times) are the only leagues to accumulate at least six bowl wins in any one season. Each of those cases occurred in the last six years. The SEC averaged 9.2 bowl teams per year during that timeframe while the Big 12 averaged fewer than eight. Thus, the Big 12 won at a higher rate.

The Big 12’s non-conference record this year was the best in many years for a major conference. The league’s bowl performance was also nearly record-breaking.

Don’t forget, the league adds TCU and West Virginia to its mix going forward and each of those schools won their bowl games this season as well.

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