Current Holders of All Conference Belts

While the histories of each belt date back decades (and in some cases over a century), this post is to serve as a setting point going forward.  Listed are the initial holders of the belt [first team to “win” the belt] and the current holders of each belt including when they won it, who they defeated to obtain it, how many times they have held and defended it, and their next title defense.

AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE [formerly the Big East]:

UNIFIED AMERICAN BELT

  • Initial Title Holder: Miami Hurricanes (November 6, 1993)
  • Current Title Holder: Cincinnati Bearcats [2nd reign]; vacated by Syracuse on 2013
  • Current Successful Defenses: 0
  • Next Defense: October 5, 2013 at South Florida

AMERICAN BATTLE BELT

  • Initial Title Holder: West Virginia Mountaineers (1993)
  • Current Title Holder: Kent State Golden Flashes [1st reign]; defeated Rutgers on October 27, 2012
  • Current Successful Defenses: 0
  • Next Defense: TBD

ACC:

UNIFIED ACC BELT

  • Initial Title Holder: Duke Blue Devils (November 16, 1957)
  • Current Title Holder: Florida State Seminoles [10th reign]; defeated Georgia Tech on December 1, 2012
  • Current Successful Defenses: 0
  • Next Defense: October 5, 2013 versus Maryland

ACC BATTLE BELT

  • Initial Title Holder: Duke Blue Devils (1954)
  • Current Title Holder: Georgia Bulldogs [3rd reign]; defeated Georgia Tech on November 28, 2009
  • Current Successful Defenses: 3
  • Next Defense: August 31, 2013 at Clemson

BIG 12:

UNIFIED BIG 12 BELT

  • Initial Title Holder: Kansas State Wildcats (November 11,1998)
  • Current Title Holder: Oklahoma Sooners [5th reign]; defeated Texas on October 13, 2012
  • Current Successful Defenses: 2
  • Next Defense: October 12, 2013 versus Texas

BIG 12 BATTLE BELT

  • Initial Title Holder: Texas Longhorns (1996)
  • Current Title Holder: Arizona Wildcats [1st reign]; defeated Oklahoma State on September 8, 2012
  • Current Successful Defenses: 0
  • Next Defense: TBD

BIG TEN:

UNIFIED BIG TEN BELT

  • Initial Title Holder: Chicago Maroons (November 5, 1899)
  • Current Title Holder: Northwestern Wildcats [12th reign]; defeated Michigan State on November 17, 2012
  • Current Successful Defenses: 1
  • Next Defense: October 5, 2013 versus Ohio State

BIG TEN BATTLE BELT

  • Initial Title Holder: Wisconsin Badgers (1896)
  • Current Title Holder: Iowa State Cyclones [1st reign]; defeated Iowa on September 10, 2011
  • Current Successful Defenses: 1
  • Next Defense: September 14, 2013 versus Iowa

CONFERENCE USA:

UNIFIED CUSA BELT

  • Initial Title Holder: Houston Cougars (October 18, 1997)
  • Current Title Holder: Rice Owls [1st reign]; vacated by SMU in 2013
  • Current Successful Defenses: 0
  • Next Defense: October 5, 2013 at Tulsa

CUSA BATTLE BELT

  • Initial Title Holder: Southern Miss Golden Eagles (1997)
  • Current Title Holder: Texas State Bobcats [1st reign]; defeated Houston on September 1, 2012
  • Current Successful Defenses: 0
  • Next Defense: August 31, 2013 at Southern Miss

CUSA MIDDLEWEIGHT BELT

  • Initial Title Holder: Tulane Green Waves (1998)
  • Current Title Holder: Boise State Broncos [1st reign]; defeated Tulsa on September 24, 2011
  • Current Successful Defenses: 1
  • Next Defense: September 28, 2013 versus Southern Miss

MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE:

UNIFIED MAC BELT

  • Initial Title Holder: Miami Redhawks (November 5, 1949)
  • Current Title Holder: Northern Illinois Huskies [9th reign]; defeated Western Michigan on October 15, 2011
  • Current Successful Defenses: 12
  • Next Defense: October 5, 2013 at Kent State

MAC BATTLE BELT

  • Initial Title Holder: Cincinnati Bearcats (1947)
  • Current Title Holder: Ohio State Buckeyes [1st reign]; defeated Bowling Green on September 12, 1992
  • Current Successful Defenses: 20
  • Next Defense: August 31, 2013 versus Buffalo

MAC MIDDLEWEIGHT BELT

  • Initial Title Holder: Marshall Thundering Herd (1998)
  • Current Title Holder: Central Florida Knights [1st reign]; defeated Buffalo on September 9, 2009
  • Current Successful Defenses: 3
  • Next Defense: August 29, 2013 versus Akron

MOUNTAIN WEST CONFERENCE:

UNIFIED MOUNTAIN WEST BELT

  • Initial Title Holder: Colorado State Rams (November 2, 2000)
  • Current Title Holder: San Diego State Aztecs [2nd reign]; defeated Air Force on November 10, 2012
  • Current Successful Defenses: 1
  • Next Defense: October 10, 2013 at Air Force

MOUNTAIN WEST BATTLE BELT

  • Initial Title Holder: Colorado State Rams (2000)
  • Current Title Holder: Florida Gators [1st reign]; defeated Wyoming on September 3, 2005
  • Current Successful Defenses: 0
  • Next Defense: TBD

MOUNTAIN WEST MIDDLEWEIGHT BELT

  • Initial Title Holder: Colorado State Rams (2000)
  • Current Title Holder: Toledo Rockets [1st reign]; defeated Wyoming on September 8, 2012
  • Current Successful Defenses: 0
  • Next Defense: TBD

PACIFIC 12:

UNIFIED PAC-12 BELT

  • Initial Title Holder: California Bears (November 23, 1918)
  • Current Title Holder: Stanford Cardinal [18th reign]; defeated Oregon on November 17, 2012
  • Current Successful Defenses: 2
  • Next Defense: September 21, 2013 versus Arizona State

PAC-12 BATTLE BELT

  • Initial Title Holder: Washington Huskies (1916)
  • Current Title Holder: LSU Tigers [1st reign]; defeated Washington on September 21, 1983
  • Current Successful Defenses: 9
  • Next Defense: TBD

SEC:

UNIFIED SEC BELT

  • Initial Title Holder: Alabama Crimson Tide (November 27, 1948)
  • Current Title Holder: Alabama Crimson Tide [18th reign]; defeated Georgia on December 1, 2012
  • Current Successful Defenses: 0
  • Next Defense: September 28, 2013 versus Mississippi

SEC BATTLE BELT

  • Initial Title Holder: Alabama Crimson Tide (1933)
  • Current Title Holder: Texas A&M Aggies [1st reign]; defeated Alabama on November 10, 2012
  • Current Successful Defenses: 1
  • Next Defense: August 31, 2013 versus Rice

SUN BELT CONFERENCE:

UNIFIED BELT of the SUN BELT

  • Initial Title Holder: North Texas Eagles (November 2, 2002)
  • Current Title Holder: UL-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajun [5th reign]; defeated UL-Monroe on November 3, 2012
  • Current Successful Defenses: 2
  • Next Defense: October 16, 2013 at Western Kentucky

SUN BELT BATTLE BELT

  • Initial Title Holder: North Texas Eagles (2002)
  • Current Title Holder: Oklahoma Sooners [1st reign]; defeated North Texas on August 30, 2003
  • Current Successful Defenses: 2
  • Next Defense: August 31, 2013 versus UL-Monroe

SUN BELT MIDDLEWEIGHT BELT

  • Initial Title Holder: North Texas Eagles (2002)
  • Current Title Holder: Air Force Falcons [1st reign]; defeated North Texas on September 13, 2003
  • Current Successful Defenses: 0
  • Next Defense: TBD

WESTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE:

UNIFIED WAC BELT

  • Initial Title Holder: BYU Cougars (November 20, 1965)
  • Current Title Holder: Utah State Aggies [1st reign]; defeated Louisiana Tech on November 17, 2012
  • Current Successful Defenses: 1
  • Next Defense: NONE; converted to Heritage Belt

WAC BATTLE BELT

  • Initial Title Holder: New Mexico Lobos (1962)
  • Current Title Holder: Auburn Tigers [1st reign]; defeated Louisiana Tech on October 9, 2004
  • Current Successful Defenses: 3
  • Next Defense: NONE; retired

WAC HERITAGE BELT

  • Initial and Current Title Holder: Utah State Aggies (2013)
  • Current Successful Defenses: 0
  • Next Defense: August 29, 2013 at Utah
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