Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Playoff: '08 Oklahoma vs. '10 TCU
By Jake Trotter
Monday, '03 Oklahoma clobbered '07 Missouri with 78 percent of the vote to end the Tigers' surprising run through the Big 12 BCS-era 16-team playoff.
You can see all the results so far and the bracket here.
In the semifinals, the '03 Sooners will meet the winner of today's matchup between '08 Oklahoma and '10 TCU.
Remember, you decide who will advance. And the poll will close at 10 p.m. CT tonight.
(4 seed) 2008 OKLAHOMA SOONERS
Final ranking: No. 5
Top player: QB Sam Bradford
Consensus All-America: Bradford, OG Duke Robinson
First-Team All-Big 12: Bradford, Robinson, RB DeMarco Murray, FB Matt Clapp, TE Jermaine Gresham, OT Phil Loadholt, OT Trent Williams, DT Gerald McCoy, S Nic Harris
Second-Team All-Big 12: WR Juaquin Iglesias, C Jon Cooper, DE Jeremy Beal, LB Travis Lewis, CB Dominique Franks, S Lendy Holmes
Best wins: No. 24 TCU (35-10); No. 16 Kansas (45-31); No. 2 Texas Tech (65-21); at No. 11 Oklahoma State (61-41); No. 19 Missouri (62-21, Big 12 Championship)
Losses: No. 5 Texas (45-35); No. 1 Florida (24-14, BCS Championship)
(12 seed) 2010 TCU HORNED FROGS
Final ranking: No. 2
Top player: QB Andy Dalton
Consensus All-America: S Tejay Johnson
First-Team All-Mountain West: Dalton, Johnson, RB Ed Wesley, OC Jake Kirkpatrick, OT Marcus Cannon, DE Wayne Daniels, LB Tank Carder, LB Tanner Brock, PR Jeremy Kerley
Second-Team All-Mountain West: DT Cory Grant, DE Stansly Maponga, CB Jason Teague, S Colin Jones
Best wins: No. 24 Oregon State (30-21); at No. 6 Utah (47-7); No. 4 Wisconsin (21-19, Rose Bowl)
Who should advance: My intent here was to set up a second round rematch from that classic 2008 Red River Showdown. But the ’10 Horned Frogs ruined that by taking out Texas in the first round, instead setting up a matchup of the 2010 season’s top-ranked defense against the nation’s highest-scoring offense from 2008.
Great defense usually trumps great offense as the ’08 Sooners found out against Florida in the national championship game. But that Oklahoma team also was without one of its best offensive weapons in Murray, who was injured on the opening kickoff of the Big 12 title rout of Missouri. Without Murray’s versatility, the Sooners struggled mightily against Florida, particularly in the red zone.
As stout as the ’10 Horned Frogs were defensively, and even though they had a future NFL starter at quarterback in Dalton, I think the ’08 Sooners -- at full strength -- would have been able to muster enough points to edge out TCU.