Dallas Colleges: Big 12 BCS playoff

After the ’08 Sooners took care of ’03 Oklahoma, we’re down to the final matchup. Thanks to everyone for their participation in our Big 12 BCS era 16-team playoff (although, no thanks to those of you who voted ’05 Texas out in the first round).

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It all comes down to this.

The final matchup, between ’00 Oklahoma and the ’08 Sooners.

All the results leading up to this point can be seen here.

Voting will run until 10 p.m. CT tonight. Good luck to both sides.

(2 seed) 2000 OKLAHOMA SOONERS
Record: 13-0
Final ranking: No. 1
Top player: QB Josh Heupel
Consensus All-America: Heupel, LB Rocky Calmus
First-Team All-Big 12: Heupel, Calmus, DT Ryan Fisher, S Roy Williams, S J.T. Thatcher
Second-Team All-Big 12: QB Quentin Griffin, WR Antwone Savage, OT Frank Romero, LB Torrance Marshall, P Jeff Ferguson
Best wins: No. 11 Texas (63-14); at No. 2 Kansas State (41-31); No. 1 Nebraska (31-14); at No. 23 Texas A&M (35-31); No. 8 Kansas State (27-24, Big 12 Championship); No. 3 Florida State (13-2, national championship)
Losses: None

(4 seed) 2008 OKLAHOMA SOONERS
Record: 12-2
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)

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Who should win: You’re on your own for this one.

Playoff: '00 Oklahoma vs. '99 Nebraska

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So far, it's been an all-Oklahoma semifinal, as the '04 Sooners dispatched '01 Nebraska on Wednesday in our Big 12 BCS-era 16-team playoff.

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Only one more quarterfinal to go. Remember, you vote to decide who advances. Polls close at 10 p.m. CT tonight.

To the matchup:

(2) 2000 OKLAHOMA SOONERS

Record: 13-0

Final ranking: No. 1

Top player: QB Josh Heupel

Consensus All-America: Heupel, LB Rocky Calmus

First-Team All-Big 12: Heupel, Calmus, DT Ryan Fisher, S Roy Williams, S J.T. Thatcher

Second-Team All-Big 12: QB Quentin Griffin, WR Antwone Savage, OT Frank Romero, LB Torrance Marshall, P Jeff Ferguson

Best wins: No. 11 Texas (63-14); at No. 2 Kansas State (41-31); No. 1 Nebraska (31-14); at No. 23 Texas A&M (35-31); No. 8 Kansas State (27-24, Big 12 Championship); No. 3 Florida State (13-2, national championship)

Losses: None

(7) 1999 NEBRASKA CORNHUSKERS

Record: 12-1

Final ranking: No. 3

Top player: QB Eric Crouch

Consensus All-America: CB Ralph Brown, S Mike Brown

First-Team All-Big 12: Crouch, Ralph Brown, Mike Brown, C Dominic Raiola, TE Tracey Wistrom, DT Steve Warren, LB Carlos Polk

Second-Team All-Big 12: OG Russ Hochstein, P Dan Hadenfeldt, PR Bobby Newcombe

Best wins: No. 21 Texas A&M (37-0); No. 5 Kansas State (41-15); No. 12 Texas (22-6, Big 12 Championship); No. 6 Tennessee (31-21, Fiesta Bowl)

Losses: at No. 18 Texas (24-20)

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Who should advance: Bob Stoops has had several more talented teams than his 2000 squad. But that group -- week in, week out -- always found a way to win, no matter the circumstance. The ’00 Sooners will forever hold a special place in the hearts of Sooner Nation because they finally took Oklahoma football back to its former glory after several lean years.

But Nebraska was -- at the least -- the second-best team in the country in 1999, and would have played for the national championship had it not dropped a heartbreaker at Texas. The Cornhuskers avenged that Texas loss with ease in the Big 12 Championship, and drubbed sixth-ranked Tennessee by double digits in the Fiesta Bowl. Nebraska played a much tougher schedule than Virginia Tech, which got thumped by Florida State in the national title game, but there might have been some voter fatigue with the Cornhuskers at that point.

With Crouch operating the option, Nebraska had a powerful running game as well as a dominating defense. It’s hard picking against the ’00 Sooners, who were loaded with gamers. But to keep this from being an all-Oklahoma semifinal, I'm going with the Huskers in a mild upset.

Playoff: '08 Oklahoma vs. '10 TCU

June, 24, 2014
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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.

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(4 seed) 2008 OKLAHOMA SOONERS

Record: 12-2

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

Record: 13-0

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)

Losses: None

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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.

Playoff: '03 Oklahoma vs. '07 Missouri

June, 23, 2014
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This week, we begin the second round of the Big 12 BCS-era 16-team playoff.

But before we get to the second round, here’s a review of the results so far:

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Play in games

16: 2007 Missouri over 2007 Kansas (55 percent)

15: 2012 Kansas State over 2013 Baylor (50 percent)

14: 2001 Nebraska over 2001 Colorado (61 percent)

First round

(16) 2007 Missouri over (1) 2005 Texas (53 percent)

(9) 2003 Oklahoma over (8) 2011 Oklahoma State (58 percent)

(4) 2008 Oklahoma over (13) 2007 West Virginia (54 percent)

(12) 2010 TCU over (5) 2008 Texas (60 percent)

(14) 2001 Nebraska over (3) 2009 Texas (58 percent)

(6) 2004 Oklahoma over (11) 2008 Texas Tech (66 percent)

(7) 1999 Nebraska over (10) 1998 Kansas State (67 percent)

(2) 2000 Oklahoma over (15) 2012 Kansas State (68 percent)

Second round schedule

Monday: (9) 2003 Oklahoma vs. (16) 2007 Missouri

Tuesday: (4) 2008 Oklahoma vs. (12) 2010 TCU

Wednesday: (6) 2004 Oklahoma vs. (14) 2001 Nebraska

Thursday: (7) 1999 Nebraska vs. (2) 2000 Oklahoma

Now, to today’s matchup between the '03 Sooners and the '07 Tigers, who, thanks to the state of Ohio, will be wearing an asterisk patch on their jerseys for the rest of this tournament:

(9) 2003 OKLAHOMA SOONERS

Record: 12-2

Final ranking: No. 3

Top player: QB Jason White

Consensus All-America: White, DT Tommie Harris, LB Teddy Lehman, CB Derrick Strait, KR Antonio Perkins

First-Team All-Big 12: White, Harris, Lehman, Strait, Perkins, WR Mark Clayton, OT Jammal Brown, C Vince Carter, DE Dan Cody, DT Dusty Dvoracek

Second-Team All-Big 12: S Brodney Pool

Best wins: at Alabama (20-13); No. 5 Texas (65-13); No. 22 Oklahoma State (52-9)

Losses: No. 10 Kansas State (35-7, Big 12 championship); No. 2 LSU (21-14, national championship)

(16) 2007 MISSOURI TIGERS

Record: 12-2

Final ranking: No. 4

Top player: QB Chase Daniel

Consensus All-America: WR Jeremy Maclin, TE Martin Rucker

First-Team All-Big 12: Daniel, Maclin, C Adam Spieker, DT Lorenzo Williams

Second-Team All-Big 12: Rucker, DE Stryker Sulak, LB Sean Weatherspoon, CB Cornelius Brown, S William Moore

Best wins: No. 25 Nebraska (41-6); No. 22 Texas Tech (41-10); No. 2 Kansas (36-28); No. 25 Arkansas (38-7, Cotton Bowl)

Losses: at No. 6 Oklahoma (41-31); No. 9 Oklahoma (38-17, Big 12 championship)

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Who should advance: Not Missouri. The ’07 Tigers already advanced through the favorite of the tournament -- top-seed ’05 Texas -- through questionable means. For that reason alone, their run should stop here.

But another reason, the ’03 Sooners had an equally dynamic passing attack, plus a better offensive line and a much better defense that featured the fearsome trio of Harris, Dvoracek and Cody, who led Oklahoma with 10 sacks.

Even though both teams got clobbered in the Big 12 Championship, only the Sooners still played for the national title because of their body of work during the regular season.

Playoff: Second round glimpse

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The first round of our Big 12 BCS-era 16-team playoff is done. The opening round featured several surprising -- as well as ridiculous, thanks to you voters -- results. You can click here to see all the results so far, and here to see the original bracket.

We’ll pick back up with the second round on Monday with the 16 seed, ‘07 Missouri, taking on ’03 Oklahoma, the 9 seed.

Here are the rest of next week’s matchups:

Tuesday: ’08 Oklahoma (No. 4 seed) vs. ’10 TCU (No. 12 seed)

Wednesday: ’04 Oklahoma (No. 6 seed) vs. ’01 Nebraska (No. 14 seed)

Thursday: ’99 Nebraska (No. 7 seed) vs. ’00 Oklahoma (No. 2 seed)
The ’99 Nebraska team coasted past ’98 Wildcats on Wednesday in a showdown of former Big 12 North rivals with 67 percent of the vote in our Big 12 BCS-era 16-team playoff (you can see all the results so far here).

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In the final matchup of the first round, Kansas State will attempt to pull off a massive upset and send its first team to the second round as the ’12 Wildcats meet ’00 Oklahoma. Again, polls will be open until 10 p.m. CT Thursday.

No. 2 Seed: ’00 OKLAHOMA SOONERS

Record: 13-0

Final ranking: No. 1

Top player: QB Josh Heupel

Consensus All-America: Heupel, LB Rocky Calmus

First-Team All-Big 12: Heupel, Calmus, DT Ryan Fisher, S Roy Williams, S J.T. Thatcher

Second-Team All-Big 12: QB Quentin Griffin, WR Antwone Savage, OT Frank Romero, LB Torrance Marshall, P Jeff Ferguson

Best wins: No. 11 Texas (63-14); at No. 2 Kansas State (41-31); No. 1 Nebraska (31-14); at No. 23 Texas A&M (35-31); No. 8 Kansas State (27-24, Big 12 Championship); No. 3 Florida State (13-2, national championship)

Losses: None

Why they should advance: The ’00 Sooners might not have been Bob Stoops’ most talented Oklahoma team. But they were certainly his most clutch.

During “Red October,” in one of the most impressive three-game runs of the BCS era, Oklahoma took down No. 11, No. 2 and No. 1, sending a message that the Sooners were finally back after a decade of dormancy.

They capped their magical run with one of the all-time great defensive performances in college football history, shutting out Florida State’s high-powered offense in the Orange Bowl to pull off the national championship upset.

No. 15 Seed: ’12 KANSAS STATE WILDCATS

Record: 11-2

Final ranking: No. 12

Top player: QB Collin Klein

Consensus All-America: None

First-Team All-Big 12: Klein, TE Travis Tannahill, OT Cornelius Lucas, DE Meshak Williams, LB Arthur Brown, S Ty Zimmerman

Second-Team All-Big 12: WR Chris Harper, DE Adam Davis, DT Vai Lutui, K Anthony Cantele

Best wins: at No. 6 Oklahoma (24-19); at No. 17 West Virginia (55-14); No. 15 Texas Tech (55-24); No. 23 Texas (42-24)

Losses: at Baylor (52-24); No. 5 Oregon (35-17, Fiesta Bowl)

Why they should advance: Like with Oklahoma, this wasn’t Bill Snyder’s most talented team either. But it was a team that maximized its talent with smart play and sure tackling.

The ’12 Wildcats finished second in the country in turnover margin and fifth in fewest penalty yardage. Klein and Brown were anchors, sweeping Big 12 player of the year honors.

This team was tough to beat because it pretty much never beat itself.

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Who I would vote for: '12 Kansas State actually resembled the ’00 Sooners. That Oklahoma team wasn’t overflowing with talent, but won games with hungry, hardnosed players who were clutch when the game was on the line. Like Oklahoma in 2000, K-State came out of nowhere to win the 2012 Big 12 title with a team full of grinders. But those Wildcats eventually ran out of gas in November, while the Oklahoma train kept rolling all the way through Florida State for the school’s seventh national championship. The ’12 Wildcats had heart. But the ’00 Sooners should move on.
The Sooners advanced yet another team through the first round, as ’04 Oklahoma took care of ’08 Texas Tech on Tuesday with 66 percent of the vote in the Big 12 BCS-era 16-team playoff.

Only two matchups remain in the first round, including ’99 Nebraska vs. ’98 Kansas State in a clash of old Big 12 North rivals. The polls will be open until 10 p.m. Central Time Wednesday.

No. 7 Seed: ’99 NEBRASKA CORNHUSKERS

Record: 12-1

Final ranking: No. 3

Top player: QB Eric Crouch

Consensus All-America: CB Ralph Brown, S Mike Brown

First-Team All-Big 12: Crouch, Ralph Brown, Mike Brown, C Dominic Raiola, TE Tracey Wistrom, DT Steve Warren, LB Carlos Polk

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Second-Team All-Big 12: OG Russ Hochstein, P Dan Hadenfeldt, PR Bobby Newcombe

Best wins: No. 21 Texas A&M (37-0); No. 5 Kansas State (41-15); No. 12 Texas (22-6, Big 12 Championship); No. 6 Tennessee (31-21, Fiesta Bowl)

Losses: at No. 18 Texas (24-20)

Why they should advance: Nebraska came within a hair of playing for the 1999 national title, and would have had a good chance of winning it, too.

The Cornhuskers avenged a close loss at Texas earlier in the season -- which kept them out of the national title game -- by coasting past the Longhorns in the Big 12 title.

The Browns (Mike and Ralph) anchored a tenacious Nebraska secondary, and Crouch broke out with a sizzling sophomore season to share Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year honors with Texas QB Major Applewhite.

No. 10 Seed: ’98 KANSAS STATE WILDCATS

Record: 11-2

Final ranking: No. 10

Top player: QB Michael Bishop

Consensus All-America: Bishop, LB Jeff Kelly, KR David Allen

First-Team All-Big 12: Bishop, Kelly, Allen, WR Darnell McDonald, OT Ryan Young, DE Darren Howard, S Jarrod Cooper, S Lamar Chapman, K Martin Gramatica

Second-Team All-Big 12: DT Damion McIntosh, LB Mark Simoneau

Best wins: at No. 14 Colorado (16-9); No. 11 Nebraska (40-30); at No. 19 Missouri (31-25)

Losses: No. 10 Texas A&M (36-33, Big 12 Championship); Purdue (37-34, Alamo Bowl)

Why they should advance: Kansas State has featured plenty of great teams since the “Manhattan Miracle,” but this was coach Bill Snyder’s best squad.

The ’98 Wildcats finally got over the Nebraska hump, putting them one game away from playing in the national championship. Instead, Texas A&M upset K-State in double overtime, knocking the Wildcats all the way down to the Alamo Bowl, where the hangover continued in an uninspired loss to unranked Purdue.

Still, any team a double overtime away from playing in the national championship should be considered formidable. And this team, led by the Heisman runner-up in Bishop, was most definitely that.

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Who I would vote for: There’s a strong case to be made for either side here. Both teams just missed out on the national title game, due to heartbreaking losses (Nebraska at Texas, Kansas State in the Big 12 Championship). But when two sides are so close, I tend to look at the quarterbacks. Crouch would go on to win the Heisman two years after quarterbacking the ’99 Huskers. But Bishop almost won it in ’98, finishing second to Texas’ Ricky Williams in the voting. He had a spectacular final season in Manhattan, throwing for 2,844 yards and 23 touchdowns to just five interceptions during a time when high-volume passing was still not en vogue. Because of Bishop, I would have given the edge to the Wildcats in this coin-flip matchup.

Coming up Thursday: (2 seed) 2000 Oklahoma vs. (15 seed) 2012 Kansas State
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On Monday, 2001 Nebraska bounced the ’09 Longhorns from the Big 12 BCS-era 16-team playoff with 58 percent of the vote, leaving Texas without a team going forward. Even though '09 Texas probably wasn't the program's best BCS era team, it's inexcusable for the Longhorns not to have a team in the second round. But I suppose that’s what happens when fate is handed over to the mob.

This time, Ohio wasn’t even to blame, holding only 30 of the more than 3,000 votes cast. Ironically, the ’09 Longhorns actually won the vote in the state of Oklahoma and lost in the state of Texas. I don’t know what to say.

Anyway, the ’01 Cornhuskers will play the winner of Tuesday’s matchup, featuring the ’04 Sooners and the ’08 Red Raiders. Voting will be open until 10 p.m. Central time Monday. To the matchup:

No. 6 Seed: ’04 OKLAHOMA SOONERS

Record: 12-1

Final ranking: No. 3

Top player: RB Adrian Peterson

Consensus All-America: Peterson, OT Jammal Brown

First-Team All-Big 12: Peterson, Brown, QB Jason White, WR Mark Clayton, C Vince Carter, DE Dan Cody, LB Lance Mitchell, S Donte Nicholson

Second-Team All-Big 12: OG Davin Joseph, DE Jonathan Jackson, S Brodney Pool

Best wins: Oregon (31-7); No. 5 Texas (12-0); at No. 20 Oklahoma State (38-35); at No. 22 Texas A&M (42-35)

Losses: No. 1 USC (55-19, national championship)

Why they should advance: The Sooners featured one of the finest backfields of the BCS era, boasting a Heisman winner at quarterback (White) and a Heisman runner-up and future NFL All-Pro at tailback (Peterson).

While they completely no-showed in the Orange Bowl loss to USC, which left a sour taste about this team, that defeat came against one of the best teams of the BCS era.

These Sooners had balance on either side of the ball, and might have been the most complete team of the Bob Stoops era in Norman.

No. 11 Seed: ’08 TEXAS TECH RED RAIDERS

Record: 11-2

Final ranking: No. 12

Top player: WR Michael Crabtree

Consensus All-America: Crabtree, OG Brandon Carter

First-Team All-Big 12: Crabtree, DE Brandon Williams, S Darcel McBath

Second-Team All-Big 12: OG Louis Vasquez, OT Rylan Reed, S Daniel Charbonnet

Best wins: at No. 19 Kansas (63-21); No. 1 Texas (39-33); No. 8 Oklahoma State (56-20)

Losses: at No. 5 Oklahoma (65-21); No. 20 Ole Miss (47-34, Cotton Bowl)

Why they should advance: The ’08 Red Raiders got smacked in Norman and lost their bowl game, but they still had a fabulous season and a fabulous squad.

Crabtree was a superstar, and while Graham Harrell didn’t garner first- or second-team All-Big 12 honors, he was one of the five best QBs in the country in ’08. And unlike some of Mike Leach’s other Texas Tech teams, these Red Raiders were stout in the trenches and on defense.

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Who I would vote for: To me, this game is more evenly matched than the seeds would suggest. Both teams had debacles away from home against teams that played for the national championship. Both teams boasted great individual skill players (Crabtree, Peterson). And both teams handed really good Texas teams their only losses of the season.

Ultimately, though, I would give the slight edge to the ’04 Sooners here because of a defense that ranked sixth nationally and a running back in Peterson who was -- and has been -- virtually unstoppable when 100 percent.

Coming up Wednesday: (7 seed) 1999 Nebraska vs. (10 seed) 1998 Kansas State

Playoff: '09 Texas vs. '01 Nebraska

June, 16, 2014
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In the opening week of the Big 12 BCS-era 16-team playoff, ’07 Missouri, ’03 Oklahoma, ’08 Oklahoma and ’10 TCU advanced to the second round by compiling more SportsNation votes than their first opponents (to see the bracket again click here).

The first round of the playoff continues Monday with a pair of teams that made national championship games in ’01 Nebraska and ’09 Texas. Remember, voting will be open until 10 p.m. Central time Monday.

Now, to the matchup:

No. 3 Seed: ’09 TEXAS LONGHORNS

Record: 13-1

Final ranking: No. 2

Top player: QB Colt McCoy

Consensus All-America: McCoy, WR Jordan Shipley, S Earl Thomas

First-Team All-Big 12: McCoy, Shipley, Thomas

Second-Team All-Big 12: C Chris Hall, OT Adam Ulatoski, DE Sergio Kindle, LB Roddrick Muckelroy

Best wins: No. 20 Oklahoma (16-13); at No. 13 Oklahoma State (41-14); No. 21 Nebraska (13-12, Big 12 Championship)

Losses: No. 1 Alabama (37-21, BCS Championship)

Why they should advance: McCoy didn’t have quite the year he did the season before, but the Longhorns still featured one of the crispest passing games in the country.

The defense in ’09 was sharper too, led by Thomas, who became a star as a third-year sophomore.

Had McCoy not injured his shoulder in the first quarter against Alabama, who knows, Texas might have won the national title.

No. 14 Seed: ’01 NEBRASKA CORNHUSKERS

Record: 11-2

Final ranking: No. 8

Top player: QB Eric Crouch

Consensus All-America: Crouch

First-Team All-Big 12: Crouch, OG Toniu Fonoti, CB Keyuo Craver

Second-Team All-Big 12: RB Dahrran Diedrick, OT Dave Volk, LB Chris Kelsay

Best wins: No. 17 Notre Dame (27-10); No. 2 Oklahoma (20-10)

Losses: at No. 14 Colorado (62-36); No. 1 Miami (37-14, national championship)

Why they should advance: Like the ’03 Sooners, the ’01 Cornhuskers are mostly remembered for how they finished the season.

But Nebraska was dominant through the first 11 games. Up to the Colorado game, the Huskers won every game on their schedule by at least double digits, including a 20-10 victory over second-ranked and defending national champ Oklahoma.

Crouch narrowly captured the Heisman, rushing for 1,115 yards and 18 touchdowns operating out the option.

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Who I would vote for: The ’09 Longhorns lost in the national title game. But at least they belonged in the game. The same can hardly be said of the ’01 Cornhuskers, who didn’t even win the Big 12 North Division.

This would have been a compelling contrast of styles with McCoy and Crouch, who probably had the two best four-year careers of any Big 12 quarterback. But McCoy had the better supporting cast, and as a result, would be my pick to move on.

Coming up Tuesday: (6 seed) 2004 Oklahoma vs. (11 seed) 2008 Texas Tech

Playoff: '08 Texas vs. '10 TCU

June, 12, 2014
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Wednesday, the ’08 Sooners avenged their loss in the Fiesta Bowl the year before by toppling ’07 West Virginia to advance with 55 percent of the vote.

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That could set the stage for a titanic rematch from one of the all-time great games in Big 12 history.

But first, the 2008 Longhorns will have to get past 2010 TCU, which was one of only three teams in the Big 12 BCS-era 16-team playoff bracket to finish its season undefeated.

Again, the voting will be open until 10 p.m. Central time on Thursday. Now, to the matchup:

No. 5 Seed: ’08 TEXAS LONGHORNS

Record: 12-1

Final ranking: No. 4

Top player: QB Colt McCoy

Consensus All-America: McCoy, DE Brian Orakpo

First-Team All-Big 12: Orakpo, OT Adam Ulatoski, DT Roy Miller, LB Sergio Kindle

Second-Team All-Big 12: McCoy, WR Jordan Shipley, C Chris Hall, CB Ryan Palmer, K Hunter Lawrence

Best wins: No. 1 Oklahoma (45-35); No. 11 Missouri (56-31); No. 7 Oklahoma State (28-24); No. 10 Ohio State (24-21, Fiesta Bowl)

Losses: at No. 6 Texas Tech (39-33)

Why they should advance: The ’08 Longhorns likely would have played for the national championship had it not been for Michael Crabtree’s miracle game-winning touchdown catch in Texas’ loss at Texas Tech.

Still, this Texas team was good as any in the country in ’08, which was validated by the Longhorns’ double-digit victory over the Sooners.

Texas played for the national championship the following season, but ’08 might have been its better team.

The defensive line was ferocious, while McCoy and Shipley formed one of the best quarterback-receiver tandems in college football history.

No. 12 Seed: ’10 TCU HORNED FROGS

Record: 13-0

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)

Losses: None

Why they should advance: All the ’10 Horned Frogs could do was beat every team on their schedule -- and that’s exactly what they did, solidifying their credibility by taking down Big Ten champion Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl.

TCU featured a future NFL starting quarterback in Dalton, and the No. 1 statistical defense in the country. That’s a recipe for defeating anyone.

Who I would vote for: With the ’05 Longhorns out, ’08 Texas could -- and should -- be a real threat to win this entire tournament.

McCoy was fabulous as a junior, completing a virtually unprecedented 77 percent of his passes. He had two reliable targets in Shipley and Quan Cosby. And on the other side, the defense was littered with future NFL starters.

This clash with ’10 TCU, however, would be a sneaky tough matchup for these Longhorns. The Horned Frogs had the defense that would have created problems for Texas, which really didn’t have to face any great defenses in 2008, at least until the bowl game.

But even though Dalton has turned out to be the better pro, McCoy was the better college quarterback.

And with slightly more talent across the board as well, I would give the nod -- and my vote -- to the vaunted ’08 Longhorns.

Coming up Monday: (3 seed) 2009 Texas vs. (14 seed) 2001 Nebraska
Oklahoma continued its Bedlam dominance on Tuesday, as the '03 Sooners advanced past '11 Oklahoma State by netting 58 percent of the fan vote in our Big 12 BCS-era 16-team playoff bracket.

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Another Oklahoma team -- the '08 Sooners -- will look to move on to the second round, as well, against '07 West Virginia, which actually hammered Oklahoma in the 2007 season Fiesta Bowl.

Again, the voting will be open until 10 p.m. Central time on Wednesday. On to Wednesday's matchup:

No. 4 Seed: '08 OKLAHOMA SOONERS

Record: 12-2

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)

Why they should advance: Behind Bradford and a devastatingly balanced attack, the Sooners boasted the highest-scoring offense in the history of college football’s modern era with an output of 716 points.

The Sooners also became the first team ever to have a 4,000-yard passer (Bradford), two 1,000-yard rushers (Murray and Chris Brown) and a 1,000-yard receiver in the same season.

This was hardly the same Oklahoma offense that West Virginia dogged the year before in the Fiesta Bowl.

No. 13 Seed: ’07 WEST VIRGINIA MOUNTAINEERS

Record: 11-2

Final ranking: No. 6

Top player: QB Pat White

Consensus All-America: None

First-Team All-Big East:, White, OG Greg Isdaner, DE Keilen Dykes, S Eric Wicks

Second-Team All-Big East: RB Steve Slaton, WR Darius Reynaud, C Mike Dent, DE Johnny Dingle, LB Marc Magro, K Pat McAfee

Best wins: at No. 25 Rutgers (31-3); at No. 21 Cincinnati (28-23); No. 20 Connecticut (66-21); No. 3 Oklahoma (48-28, Fiesta Bowl)

Losses: at No. 18 South Florida (21-13); Pittsburgh (13-9)

Why they should advance: The Mountaineers were actually one game away from playing for the national championship, but fell as heavy favorites in the season finale to Pittsburgh.

White led the offense with 1,724 yards passing, 1,335 yards rushing and 28 total touchdowns. The Mountaineers also had two capable running backs in Steve Slaton and Noel Devine and a bruising fullback in Owen Schmitt.

The Mountaineers weren’t big defensively but they were fast, finishing seventh in the country in total defense and sixth in turnovers.

There aren’t many teams capable of scoring with the ’08 Sooners. The ’07 Mountaineers, however, could score with almost anyone.

Who I would vote for:

The ’07 Mountaineers exposed the Sooners in the Fiesta Bowl, but that Oklahoma team was missing an array of starters including Murray, cornerback Reggie Smith, safety Lendy Holmes and defensive tackle DeMarcus Granger.

Bradford was also a first-year starter in 2007. In 2008, he was the Heisman Trophy winner, flanked by eight other offensive players who earned first- or second-team All-Big 12.

With White at the helm, ’07 West Virginia would have been able to put up points on the ’08 Sooners, who weren’t great defensively. But those Sooners would have been too prolific for West Virginia to outscore in a shootout.

Coming up Thursday: (5 seed) 2008 Texas vs. (12 seed) 2010 TCU
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Just like in 2011, when Cleveland Browns running back Peyton Hillis (of all people) won the Madden cover vote, Ohio has mucked up the voting in our Big 12 BCS-era 16-team playoff bracket.

A thorough investigation revealed that all 2,930 votes -- 99 percent of which went to ’07 Missouri -- out of Ohio in Monday’s poll were in fact legitimate (no hacking), leaving us no choice but to advance ’07 Missouri past ’05 Texas in a stunning opening-round result. Thanks to their friends in the Buckeye State, the Tigers snagged 53 percent of the vote against one of the greatest teams to grace college football’s BCS era.

Even former Texas coach Mack Brown was perplexed by what transpired:

At least Brown still has two formidable Texas squads (2009 and 2008) left in the bracket.

And it will be up to the winner of today’s matchup between ’11 Oklahoma State and ’03 Oklahoma to stop ’07 Missouri and the mad men of Ohio in the next round.

Again, the voting will be open until 10 p.m. Central time tonight. And as the first game revealed, no vote can be taken for granted.

To today's matchup:

No. 8 seed: ’11 Oklahoma State Cowboys

Record: 12-1

Final ranking: No. 3

Top player: WR Justin Blackmon

Consensus All-Americans: Blackmon, OT Levy Adcock

First-Team All-Big 12: Blackmon, Adcock, C Grant Garner, DE Jamie Blatnick, CB Brodrick Brown, S Markelle Martin, K/P Quinn Sharp

Second-Team All-Big 12: QB Brandon Weeden, RB Joseph Randle, FB Kye Staley, WR Josh Cooper

Best wins: at No. 8 Texas A&M (30-29); at No. 22 Texas (38-26); Baylor (59-24); No. 14 Kansas State (52-45); No. 14 Oklahoma (44-10); No. 4 Stanford (41-38)

Losses: at Iowa State (37-31)

Why they should advance: As part of the best team in school history, the ’11 Cowboys featured the most lethal offense in the country. Weeden became Oklahoma State’s first-ever all-conference quarterback and finished second in the country in passing. Blackmon became just the second two-time Biletnikoff winner as the nation’s best receiver. And the offensive line was equally outstanding protecting Weeden as it was paving lanes for Randle. But the Cowboys weren’t all offense. An opportunistic defense also led the nation with 44 forced turnovers. Because of its offensive balance, Oklahoma State could have put up points on just about any defense -- and that includes the star-studded ’03 Sooners.

No. 9 seed: ’03 Oklahoma Sooners

Record: 12-2

Final ranking: No. 3

Top player: QB Jason White

Consensus All-America: White, DT Tommie Harris, LB Teddy Lehman, CB Derrick Strait, KR Antonio Perkins

First-Team All-Big 12: White, Harris, Lehman, Strait, Perkins, WR Mark Clayton, OT Jammal Brown, C Vince Carter, DE Dan Cody, DT Dusty Dvoracek

Second-Team All-Big 12: S Brodney Pool

Best wins: at Alabama (20-13); No. 5 Texas (65-13); No. 22 Oklahoma State (52-9)

Losses: No. 10 Kansas State (35-7, Big 12 championship); No. 2 LSU (21-14, national championship)

Why they should advance: The ’03 Sooners might have strung together the most dominant regular season in Big 12 history. Oklahoma defeated its conference regular-season opponents by an average of 40 points per game. Oklahoma’s defense featured three consensus All-Americans, its special teams had the best returner in the country and a Heisman Trophy winner quarterbacked its offense. That is special.

Who I would vote for

The ’03 Sooners had star players and that superb regular season. But the wheels fell off at the end of the year in the Big 12 championship. Because it failed to win its own conference, Oklahoma didn’t deserve to play for the national championship, and lost in that game anyway.

On the other side, I’m still not convinced the Cowboys weren’t the best team in the country in 2011. Despite Oklahoma State having the more impressive resume (that’s right, I said it), the BCS sent Alabama to the title game over the Cowboys, only because OSU lost in double overtime at Iowa State the day after another plane crash rocked the university.

We’ll never know how Oklahoma State would have matched up against LSU, which, by the way, laid a complete egg against the Crimson Tide in the national title game. But we know how the Sooners fared against LSU eight years earlier in New Orleans.

There’s a lot to like about both these Bedlam teams. But I’d give the slight nod to Oklahoma State because of its wire-to-wire consistency.

Who the winner plays in Round 2: (16 seed) ’07 Missouri Tigers

Coming up Wednesday: (4 seed) 2008 Oklahoma vs. (13 seed) 2007 West Virginia
Darren Sproles, Cedric BensonGetty ImagesBoth the 2003 Wildcats and 2004 Longhorns were loaded with college stars and future pros.

It's Take Two Tuesday, when we give our opinions on a topic related to the Big 12.

Today's topic: Which was the best team left out of the Big 12 BCS-era 16-team playoff bracket?

Take 1: Brandon Chatmon -- 2003 Kansas State Wildcats

Several top-notch teams didn’t make the cut in our BCS-era playoff, but the 2003 version of Kansas State gets my nod as the top team left on the outside looking in.

Bill Snyder’s Wildcats had several stumbles during the four-loss season, including a three-game losing streak early in the year. But the way KSU was playing in the final stretch of the season showed the overall potential of the 2003 Big 12 champions led by future NFL star Darren Sproles and Ell Roberson.

K-State’s dominating win over an undefeated Oklahoma squad in the Big 12 championship game sent shock waves across the national landscape as the highlight win of the year for the Wildcats. Sproles embarrassed the Sooners with 235 rushing yards, and Roberson’s efficient four-touchdown performance left no doubt in the 35-7 win. The Sooners, somehow, went on to make an appearance in the 2004 BCS title game against LSU despite the loss. KSU went on to suffer a 35-28 loss to Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl and finish 11-4.

The Wildcats surrendered the right to complain about being left out of our playoff with four losses, particularly the home defeat against Marshall, but this team proved it could play with anyone in the nation in the home stretch of the 2003 season and could have been worthy of a spot in the bracket.

Take 2: Jake Trotter -- 2004 Texas Longhorns

Settling on only 16 teams for this playoff was borderline impossible, which is why we ended up holding three play-in games.

Other notable omissions included ’98 Texas A&M, ’05 West Virginia and the ’07 Sooners, who actually won the Big 12 title that year and would’ve probably made the playoff had they not been whacked by West Virginia in the Fiesta Bowl.

But ultimately the top two teams that just missed the cut were the ’03 Wildcats, and, the squad with the biggest beef in my opinion, the ’04 Longhorns.

Sure, ’03 K-State also has a case for inclusion. Finally at full strength, the Wildcats obliterated top-ranked Oklahoma in the Big 12 championship game. Sproles was one of the great players to come through the league during the BCS era, and Roberson was a heck of a quarterback.

The Wildcats, no doubt, were talented. But the ’04 Longhorns were talented, too. And Texas’ résumé included a better overall body of work.

Texas’ only loss came early in the season in a hard-fought, 12-0 defeat to Oklahoma, in which freshman Adrian Peterson rushed for 226 yards. Those Sooners would go on to play for the national championship. But Texas and quarterback Vince Young was about to find its stride that would culminate with the 2005 national championship. Young, who only completed 35 percent of his passes against Oklahoma, would complete 63 percent in Texas’ final seven games.

In addition to a budding Young, ’04 Texas had a unanimous All-American at linebacker in Derrick Johnson and the Big 12’s career-rushing leader at running back in Cedric Benson.

The fact the ’04 Longhorns failed to beat a single top-15 team during the regular season was ultimately the primary reason why they were left out of the field of 16. But this was very strong team that warranted strong consideration.

Playoff: '05 Texas vs. '07 Missouri

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Before the College Football Playoff era begins, we’re holding a 16-team playoff through the month of June to decide which Big 12 team was tops during the BCS era (1998-2013).

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As a reminder, you are actually going to decide, by voting in the SportsNation poll to determine which teams advance to the next round.

Last week, we selected and seeded 16 teams in a bracket, which you can see here (the eligibility criteria we used can be seen here). We also held three play-in games last week for the No. 14, 15 and 16 slots.

In the first play-in game, ’07 Missouri defeated ’07 Kansas with 55 percent of the vote to secure the 16th seed and a matchup with the top seed, ’05 Texas.

’01 Nebraska might have lost convincingly to ’01 Colorado in their actual game, but you advanced the Cornhuskers past the Buffs with 61 percent of the vote in the play-in game for the 14th seed.

The final play-in game -- ’13 Baylor vs. ’12 Kansas State -- was a photo finish, with each squad grabbing roughly 50 percent of the vote. But the ’12 Wildcats advanced to the field of 16, edging the Bears by a mere 27 votes.

Today, we have our first playoff matchup, with the top-seeded 2005 Texas Longhorns taking on 16th-seeded ’07 Missouri.

Voting will be open until 10 p.m. Central time tonight. Now, to the matchup:

No. 1 Seed: ’05 TEXAS LONGHORNS

Record: 13-0

Final ranking: No. 1

Top player: QB Vince Young

Consensus All-America:Young, OT Jonathan Scott, DT Rod Wright, S Michael Huff

First-Team All-Big 12:Young, Scott, Wright, Huff, OL Justin Blalock, DE Tim Crowder, LB Aaron Harris, CB Cedric Griffin

Second-Team All-Big 12: RB Jamaal Charles, TE David Thomas, DT Frank Okam

Best wins: at No. 4 Ohio State (25-22); Oklahoma (45-12); No. 10 Texas Tech (52-17); Colorado (70-3, Big 12 championship); USC (41-38, national championship)

Losses: None

Why they should advance: The ’05 Longhorns featured the single-most dominant offensive player in Big 12 history. Young became the first player in Division I history to throw for more than 3,000 yards and rush for 1,000. He was also at his best in Texas’ biggest games, throwing for 270 yards at Ohio State, 241 yards and three touchdowns against Oklahoma, and totaling 467 yards and the winning touchdown dash against USC in one of the all-time great individual performances in a national title game. Considering Texas scored at least 40 points in all but one game, Missouri would almost certainly have to outscore the Longhorns. But Texas’ defense was almost as nasty as its offense, and in Huff and Griffin, the Longhorns would have the players to match up against Missouri’s quick passing game.

No. 16 Seed: ’07 MISSOURI TIGERS

Record: 12-2

Final ranking: No. 4

Top player: QB Chase Daniel

Consensus All-America: WR Jeremy Maclin, TE Martin Rucker

First-Team All-Big 12: Daniel, Maclin, C Adam Spieker, DT Lorenzo Williams

Second-Team All-Big 12: Rucker, DE Stryker Sulak, LB Sean Weatherspoon, CB Cornelius Brown, S William Moore

Best wins: No. 25 Nebraska (41-6); No. 22 Texas Tech (41-10); No. 2 Kansas (36-28); No. 25 Arkansas (38-7, Cotton Bowl)

Losses: at No. 6 Oklahoma (41-31); No. 9 Oklahoma (38-17, Big 12 championship)

Why they should advance: Behind the craftiness of Daniel, the ’07 Tigers featured one of the most devastating passing attacks of the Big 12 BCS era. Daniel threw for 4,306 yards and 33 touchdowns and finished fourth in the Heisman voting. Maclin and Rucker both hauled in more than 80 receptions, and tight end Chase Coffman added 52 catches and seven touchdowns. The Tigers would have a tough time slowing down Young, considering they ranked just 57th nationally in total defense that season. But the foursome of Daniel, Maclin, Rucker and Coffman would give the Tigers a chance against most anyone.

WHO I WOULD VOTE FOR

'07 Missouri might have had one of the five-best passing attacks of the Big 12 BCS era. But it would be hard envisioning them overcoming the physicality of ’05 Texas in the trenches and the playmaking of Young at quarterback. I would vote Texas here.

Coming up Tuesday: (8) 2011 Oklahoma State vs. (9) 2003 Oklahoma
The BCS era is done, and the College Football Playoff era is upon us.

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But before we completely move on, we’re holding a 16-team playoff through the month of June to determine which Big 12 squad was tops during the BCS era.

As a reminder, you actually will be deciding which team advances to the next round. Voting for each round will go until midnight Eastern time the day the post goes up. Whoever is ahead in the voting when the polls close advances on.

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Thanks to everyone for all of the team nominations the past three days (there were dozens upon dozens). Many of those teams made the cut. A few did not. The eligibility criteria we used can be accessed here. Teams were seeded on their individual résumés relative to one another.

Below you’ll see the 13 teams that made the playoff field. And just like with the NCAA basketball tournament, we’re going to hold three play-in games for the final three slots.

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" 2007 Missouri vs. 2007 Kansas in a Border War rematch.

" 2012 Kansas State vs. 2013 Baylor in a showdown of the last two Big 12 title winners.

" And 2001 Colorado vs. 2001 Nebraska in a replay clash of former Big 12 North powers.

(We know what you're thinking: Missouri already beat Kansas in 2007, and Colorado did the same to Nebraska in 2001. So when voting, think of it this way -- who would advance if the two met again at a neutral site?).

Voting for the play-in games will go until midnight Eastern tonight; then, the playoff will commence in earnest Monday.

Without further ado, the seedings, followed by the bracket:

Seed 1: 2005 Texas Longhorns

Notable players: QB Vince Young, RB Jamaal Charles, OT Justin Blalock, CB Cedric Griffin, S Michael Huff

Why they made the cut: The '05 Longhorns were one of two Big 12 teams to win a national title during the BCS era.

Seed 2: 2000 Oklahoma Sooners

Notable players: QB Josh Heupel, RB Quentin Griffin, LB Torrance Marshall, LB Rocky Calmus, S Roy Williams

Why they made the cut: The '00 Sooners, unheralded in the preseason, were the other Big 12 team to capture a BCS title.

Seed 3: 2009 Texas Longhorns

Notable players: QB Colt McCoy, WR Jordan Shipley, C Chris Hall, DE Sergio Kindle, S Earl Thomas

Why they made the cut: The '09 Longhorns slugged their way through the Big 12 to go undefeated during the regular season, and played Alabama tough in the national title game despite losing McCoy to injury.

Seed 4: 2008 Oklahoma Sooners

Notable players: QB Sam Bradford, RB DeMarco Murray, TE Jermaine Gresham, OT Trent Williams, DT Gerald McCoy

Why they made the cut: These Sooners set a modern college football scoring record, which catapulted Bradford to the Heisman and Oklahoma to the national title game.

Seed 5: 2008 Texas Longhorns

Notable players: QB Colt McCoy, WR Jordan Shipley, OT Adam Ulatoski, DT Roy Miller, DE Brian Orakpo
Why they made the cut: The '08 Longhorns almost played for the national championship, but got edged out of a Big 12 South tiebreaker by Oklahoma, a team they beat 45-35 earlier in the season.

Seed 6: 2004 Oklahoma Sooners

Notable players: QB Jason White, RB Adrian Peterson, WR Mark Clayton, OT Jammal Brown, DE Dan Cody

Why they made the cut: Armed with a Heisman winner and a Heisman runner-up in its backfield, '04 Oklahoma mowed through the season before getting mowed over by USC in the national title game.

Seed 7: 1999 Nebraska Cornhuskers

Notable players: QB Eric Crouch, C Dominic Raiola, DT Steve Warren, CB Ralph Brown, S Mike Brown

Why they made the cut: The ’99 Cornhuskers' only loss of the year came at Texas, which they avenged in the Big 12 title game to finish third in the polls.

Seed 8: 2011 Oklahoma State Cowboys

Notable players: QB Brandon Weeden, RB Joseph Randle, WR Justin Blackmon, S Markelle Martin, K/P Quinn Sharp

Why they made the cut: The '11 Cowboys were a missed field goal at Iowa State away from playing for a national title.

Seed 9: 2003 Oklahoma Sooners

Notable players: QB Jason White, WR Mark Clayton, DT Tommie Harris, LB Teddy Lehman, CB Derrick Strait

Why they made the cut: The '03 Sooners had perhaps the most impressive regular season of anyone on this list, but fell apart in the Big 12 and national title games.

Seed 10: 1998 Kansas State Wildcats

Notable players: QB Michael Bishop, LB Jeff Kelly, LB Mark Simoneau, K Martin Gramatica, PR David Allen

Why they made the cut: Bill Snyder’s best team was a game away from playing for the national title, but fell in overtime to Texas A&M in the Big 12 championship.

Seed 11: 2008 Texas Tech Red Raiders

Notable players: QB Graham Harrell, WR Michael Crabtree, OG Louis Vasquez, DE Brandon Williams, S Darcel McBath

Why they made the cut: The Red Raiders ran into a buzz saw late in the year at Norman, but they still were one of the top teams in the country in a loaded 2008 Big 12 season.

Seed 12: 2010 TCU Horned Frogs

Notable players: QB Andy Dalton, WR Jeremy Kerley, DE Wayne Daniels, LB Tank Carder, S Tejay Johnson

Why they made the cut: After dominating “The Little Sisters of the Poor,” the '10 Horned Frogs proved their legitimacy by toppling Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl to join '00 Oklahoma and '05 Texas as the only unbeaten teams on this list.

Seed 13: 2007 West Virginia Mountaineers

Notable players: QB Pat White, RB Steve Slaton, FB Owen Schmitt, OG Greg Isdanser, DE Keilen Dykes

Why they made the cut: The 2007 Mountaineers would have played for the national title had they not missed a pair of field goals in the regular-season finale against Pittsburgh.

PLAY-IN TEAMS

Seed 14: 2001 Colorado Buffaloes

Notable players: RB Chris Brown, RB Cortlen Johnson, TE Daniel Graham, OG Andre Gurode, KR Roman Hollowell

Why they made the cut: The Buffaloes were ranked 25th in the polls going into November but obliterated second-ranked Nebraska to win the Big 12 North, then edged third-ranked Texas in the Big 12 title game.

Seed 14: 2001 Nebraska Cornhuskers

Notable players: QB Eric Crouch, RB Dahrran Diedrick, OT Dave Volk, OG Toniu Fonoti, CB Keyuo Craver

Why they made the cut: Despite getting humiliated by Colorado, Nebraska played Miami for the national title despite failing to make the Big 12 championship game.

Seed 15: 2013 Baylor Bears

Notable players: QB Bryce Petty, RB Lache Seastrunk, WR Antwan Goodley, OG Cyril Richardson, S Ahmad Dixon

Why they made the cut: Behind the highest-scoring offense in the country, the '13 Bears claimed the school’s first ever Big 12 title.

Seed 15: 2012 Kansas State Wildcats

Notable players: QB Collin Klein, RB John Hubert, DE Meshak Williams, LB Arthur Brown, S Ty Zimmerman

Why they made the cut: The '12 Wildcats topped the BCS standings late in the season before a humbling loss at Baylor bounced them from the national title picture.

Seed 16: 2007 Kansas Jayhawks

Notable players: QB Todd Reesing, OT Anthony Collins, DT James McClinton, LB Joe Mortensen, CB Aqib Talib,

Why they made the cut: The '07 Jayhawks avoided Texas and Oklahoma and lost to Missouri but still finished 12-1 and beat fifth-ranked Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl.

Seed 16: 2007 Missouri Tigers

Notable players: QB Chase Daniel, WR Jeremy Maclin, TE Chase Coffman, TE Martin Rucker, DT Lorenzo Williams

Why they made the cut: '07 Missouri was ranked No. 1 the final week of the season but lost to Oklahoma for a second time in the Big 12 championship game.

THE BRACKET

1: 2005 Texas
16: 2007 Kansas/2007 Missouri

8: 2011 Oklahoma State
9: 2003 Oklahoma

4: 2008 Oklahoma
13: 2007 West Virginia

5: 2008 Texas
12: 2010 TCU

3: 2009 Texas
14: 2001 Colorado/2001 Nebraska

6: 2004 Oklahoma
11: 2008 Texas Tech

7: 1999 Nebraska
10: 1998 Kansas State

2: 2000 Oklahoma
15: 2013 Baylor/2012 Kansas State

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