Oklahoma Sooners: Missouri Tigers

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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Which team should advance to the third round?

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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)
Texas and Texas A&M might not be playing one another anytime soon.

But other schools around the league are interested in the prospects of rekindling rivalries that were destroyed by two rounds of conference realignment.

While the Longhorns and Aggies remain at odds, Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt told ESPN.com this week he’s optimistic that he’ll be able to get Texas A&M on the Red Raiders’ schedule down the line again. Hocutt said there has been interest from Texas A&M’s side, as well.

“Hopefully that’s a series that at some point in time that could start again,” Hocutt said. “Is that a game that won’t happen again? No. We’ve had discussions about it. Hopefully we can reengage that in the coming years.”

Oklahoma and Nebraska already have an agreement in place to play a home-and-home in 2021-22. Missouri coach Gary Pinkel has reportedly said he thinks his school will play Kansas again someday.

And West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck, who has already added Penn State and Virginia Tech to future schedules, told ESPN.com he's hopeful he'll be able to revive the “Backyard Brawl” with Pitt at some point, as well.

“At some point we’ll get Pitt back on the schedule,” Luck said. “What I’m trying to do with our nonconference games is stay as regional as possible and rekindle some of our historical rivalries. Penn State is back on the schedule. Virginia Tech is back on the schedule. That game meant a lot to southern West Virginians. The Pitt game meant a lot to northern West Virginians. We’ve continued to play Pitt in many of the sports.

“We’ve both gone through transitions, so it’s tough schedule-wise for both of us. But I think at some point we’ll get Pitt back on the schedule. I see [Pitt athletic director] Steve Pederson every now and then at various conventions. And we’ve had some discussions about that. We just haven’t been able to really eyeball the proper time to get it going again.”
Florida has Florida State. Georgia has Georgia Tech. Kentucky has Louisville. And, of course, South Carolina has Clemson.

When it comes to the new SEC scheduling format starting in 2016, those four schools are already on board. Their annual rivalry games fulfill the league’s forthcoming requirement for a yearly nonconference game against an ACC, Big 12, Big Ten or Pac-12 school.

But for the rest of the teams around the league, there’s a void.

Sure, they can go year to year and rotate in nonconference opponents. But where’s the fun in that? Let’s create some new rivalries, and in the case of some programs, reignite old ones.

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Alabama-Oklahoma: If FSU wasn’t already taken, the Noles would have been a perfect fit. The physical and philosophical proximity between programs is obvious. But looking elsewhere, Oklahoma might be a fun matchup. The Sugar Bowl has already created tons of tension on both sides with Sooners coaches delighting in calling out Nick Saban and the SEC.

Arkansas-Baylor: Call it a throwback to the old Southwest Conference. Arkansas, which didn’t join the SEC until 1992, has played more games against Baylor (69) than any school in its current conference. On top of that, the differences between Bret Bielema’s physical style and Art Briles’ free-flowing offensive scheme would be a joy to watch.

Auburn-Oregon: Recent history and playing styles dictates this matchup. Not only do we get a rematch of the 2010 BCS National Championship Game, but it pits offenses that live to go fast. Maybe it could be a two-hand touch game in which whoever reaches 100 points first wins.

LSU-Notre Dame: We couldn’t make a list of nonconference matchups and leave Notre Dame off, could we? Pitting the Golden Domers against an SEC program would be appointment viewing. Make that program LSU and the opposing coach Les Miles, and television networks will scratch each other's eyes out to get the game.

Mississippi State-Texas Tech: The Bulldogs have shied away from high profile nonconference games in the past, loading up on the likes of Memphis, UAB and South Alabama. Well, it’s time to infuse a little spice into the schedule. Kliff Kingsbury is too cool to keep out of the SEC. His Red Raiders would be a good matchup with Mississippi State, which faced Texas Tech seven times from 1953-70.

Missouri-Kansas: Does this one really need to be explained? The Border War should have never gone away in the first place. Now is the perfect opportunity to save face and bring back a rivalry that goes all the way back to 1891.

Ole Miss-Miami: We’ve got to get ‘The U’ involved. Miami and Ole Miss have already played a few times in their history, with the Rebs holding a 2-1 series lead. But bigger than that, it would get the SEC back into South Florida on a permanent basis because Miami and Florida don’t have the common sense to do that already.

Tennessee-North Carolina: Even if most people don’t remember it, there’s history there. Tennessee and UNC have played 29 times, with the Vols holding a 20-8-1 advantage. Plus, even if your memory is short, you should recall the double overtime Music City Bowl from 2010 between the schools. If they can re-create that just once, it would make the rivalry worth it.

Texas A&M-Texas: See Missouri-Kansas. Don’t let conference affiliations ruin great rivalries. Texas A&M-Texas should have never been shelved in the first place. And while the UT administration might not see a reason to bring it back -- nor Texas A&M's leadership, for that matter -- surely both fan bases do.

Vanderbilt-Duke:Call it a private school showdown. The proximity is reasonable, the fan bases similar, and the rivalry could easily extend to the hard court. Plus, have you seen Derek Mason’s nonconference schedule this year? It needs help.

Early Offer: Mixon all mixed up 

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The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today's offerings: Just when it seemed clear on what four-star running back Joe Mixon was thinking, an official visit to Florida State has seemingly brought his decision back to square one; two of the top recruits in Ohio were hoping to make a decision in early January, but the success of their high school teams might change those plans; Missouri and Tennessee made nice climbs in the latest RecruitingNation class rankings.

Mixon mixed up

Early Offer: Show Me State resurgence 

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The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today's offerings: What a difference a few months make for the Missouri Tigers and their efforts to land top talent in St. Louis; one of the nation’s top tight end prospects is slated to announce on Friday, and he still has everybody guessing; is Tennessee in line to steal a commitment away from one of the best defensive tackles in the junior college ranks?

Missouri comes up big in St. Louis
There has been a lot of grumbling by Missouri fans over the last year about a perceived lack of success in St. Louis by Gary Pinkel and the Tigers. However, after the Tigers’ fast start on the field this season many of those worries diminished. They have all but evaporated now after St. Louis DeSmet four-star offensive lineman Andy Bauer committed on Monday. The Under Armour All-American had been a long-time commitment to Ole Miss after originally committing to the Tigers early in the process. He decided again on Monday to reverse course for what looks to be the final time, helping give the Tigers their first ESPN 300 commitment and second four-star prospect.

The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's latest feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today's offerings: Bob Stoops and Urban Meyer join Twitter, demonstrating the power the social media vehicle has on recruits; Cameron Robinson’s decision is pushed back to next week, and one team is feeling better about its chances; and former four-star athlete Chase Abbington is making a big splash in the junior college ranks.

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Twitter has become one of the biggest recruiting tools for college football coaches. Not only do they use it for communication with prospects, since the rules on electronic communication are more lax than phone calls. Tweets are also a great way to share recruiting propaganda and are more likely to be read compared to letters that pile up in a recruit’s mailbox. The latest coaches to embrace the new recruiting world order are Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops and Ohio State’s Urban Meyer. “My good friend Bob Stoops talked me into this Twitter stuff -- let’s see how it goes,” Meyer tweeted Tuesday after opening an account and quickly gaining 30,000 followers. Stoops has had his own Twitter account for about a year but it had always been set to private -- until Wednesday. One of his first tweets was about going after national championship No. 9. It was recruiting through social media at its finest.

Robinson pushes back announcement date

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TEXAS CITY, Texas -- These days, it's all smiles for ESPN 150 receiver Armanti Foreman.

Life is good for the Texas City (Texas) High School star. Offers are coming left and right. He's preparing for a banner senior season with his twin brother, 2014 running back D'Onta Foreman. He's enjoying the final weeks of his junior year of high school. On Tuesday, Armanti was sprinting past defensive backs and juking defenders out of their shorts, showing the playmaking ability that has so many colleges at his doorstep.


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2014 QB Sawyer visits OU, has top group 

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IRVING, Texas -- Oklahoma is waiting on a decision from top quarterback target Justice Hansen. So is Foster Sawyer.


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OKPreps 14 for '14: TE Trenton Ball 

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Is the Class of 2014 crop of in-state talent the best Oklahoma has seen since 2006? With six recruits in the ESPN Watch List, it’s shaping up to be a busy recruiting year in the Sooner State. For the next three weeks, SoonerNation is going to profile the OKPreps’ 14 for ’14: a look at some of the top names and where they stand with OU.

TE Trenton Ball (Midwest City, Okla./Carl Albert, 6-6, 210)
2012 stats: 6 catches for 80 yards, 1 touchdown.


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Juco 100 DT pushes back decision 

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The nation’s top undecided junior college prospect will remain that way longer than he orginally planned.


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The One Who Got Away: Jeremy Maclin 

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When Missouri made a strong run at ESPN 150 wide receiver Durron Neal (St. Louis/De Smet Jesuit) last year, all Oklahoma fans could do was hold their breath.

Would it happen again? Not this time. Neal stuck with the Sooners, easing some of the pain caused years ago by another Missouri high school product who initially committed to OU before ending up with the Tigers.


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Watch List LB Akem rolling in offers 

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For a while it has looked like Watch List linebacker Gyasi Akem (Broken Arrow, Okla./Broken Arrow) was going to get an Oklahoma State offer.


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Sooners, OL Josh Outlaw on same page 

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Oklahoma never forgot about four-star offensive lineman Josh Outlaw (Lithonia, Ga./Martin Luther King). OU offensive tackles coach Bruce Kittle got in touch with the four-star lineman late in the summer and things have progressed since then.


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OU, Mizzou finalists for TE Jason Reese 

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Tight end Jason Reese (Euless, Texas/Trinity) decided to part ways with Arizona State a little over a week ago. Many thought Missouri would be Arizona State’s replacement.

There’s a new player in Reese’s recruiting. Reese said Oklahoma has come on strong, and the Sooners and Tigers are neck and neck in the race for his services.

Reese, a three-star tight end, said that while Oklahoma hasn’t offered, he’s been in contact, and he’s confident that the Sooners will offer soon. Now 6-foot-4 and 231 pounds, Reese is looking to set up a visit to Norman, Okla., next month.

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