The BCS era is done, and the College Football Playoff era is upon us.
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.
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.
" 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:
Why they made the cut: The '05 Longhorns were one of two Big 12 teams to win a national title during the BCS era.
Why they made the cut: The '00 Sooners, unheralded in the preseason, were the other Big 12 team to capture a BCS title.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Why they made the cut: The '11 Cowboys were a missed field goal at Iowa State away from playing for a national title.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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