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Sooners, Tigers take different paths to Big 12 championship game

Originally Published: December 4, 2008
By Mark Schlabach | ESPN.com

Oklahoma and Missouri were supposed to battle for the Big 12 championship again.

The teams were overwhelming choices in the preseason to win their respective divisions, and both were considered national championship contenders.

The Sooners, with record-setting quarterback Sam Bradford and the rest of their high-octane offense coming back, received all but two first-place votes to win the Big 12 South in preseason voting by media.

The Tigers, with Heisman Trophy ...

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