Thursday, June 5, 2014
The Big 12 BCS-era 16-team playoff bracket
By Jake Trotter
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 '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.
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.
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 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.