Playoff: '00 Oklahoma vs. '04 Oklahoma

June, 30, 2014
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We’re down to the final four teams in our Big 12 BCS-era 16-team playoff, and the two semifinals have a certain crimson flair with four Oklahoma teams.

You can see all the results to this point here.

Now, to the first semifinal (voting goes to 10 p.m. CT tonight):

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Which team should advance to the final?

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(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

(6 seed) 2004 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)

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Who should advance: There's no question who the more talented Oklahoma team was. The '04 Sooners were littered with future NFL draft picks, as well as a Heisman winner (White) and a Heisman runner-up (Peterson). But while not as decorated, the '00 Sooners played with a colossal chip on their shoulder, which fueled their run through "Red October" as well as the stunning victory over heavily-favored Florida State in the national title game. The '00 Sooners were also Bob Stoops' most clutch team, repeatedly coming up with game-deciding plays in the fourth quarter. I don't how the '00 Sooners would prevail against their more skilled '04 counterparts. But I'm pretty sure they would find a way.

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