Best wins: No. 24 Oregon State (30-21); at No. 6 Utah (47-7); No. 4 Wisconsin (21-19, Rose Bowl)
Who should advance: My intent here was to set up a second round rematch from that classic 2008 Red River Showdown. But the ’10 Horned Frogs ruined that by taking out Texas in the first round, instead setting up a matchup of the 2010 season’s top-ranked defense against the nation’s highest-scoring offense from 2008.
Great defense usually trumps great offense as the ’08 Sooners found out against Florida in the national championship game. But that Oklahoma team also was without one of its best offensive weapons in Murray, who was injured on the opening kickoff of the Big 12 title rout of Missouri. Without Murray’s versatility, the Sooners struggled mightily against Florida, particularly in the red zone.
As stout as the ’10 Horned Frogs were defensively, and even though they had a future NFL starter at quarterback in Dalton, I think the ’08 Sooners -- at full strength -- would have been able to muster enough points to edge out TCU.