College Confidential

Media panel gets taste of College Football Playoff selection

If there had been a College Football Playoff in 2008, the Big 12 would have landed two participants in the four-team bracket, based on a mock media exercise Thursday at the Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine.

Oklahoma (No. 2 seed) and Texas (No. 3 seed) were paired in a hypothetical semifinal matchup, based on the findings of 17 media members who participated in conjunction with CFP officials. Top-seed Florida was slated to meet Southern California, the No. 4 seed, in the other semifinal.

CFP officials selected the 2008 season for the mock bracket because of the challenge it presented in separating playoff-caliber teams. The top 25 teams from that season were seeded to create a playoff bracket and high-profile bowl pairings, mimicking what CFP selection committee members will do at the conclusion of this season.

In addition to the playoff pairings, the notable bowl matchups gleaned from 2008 results included: TCU-Texas Tech (Cotton Bowl), Virginia Tech-Alabama (Orange Bowl), Ohio State-Boise State (Fiesta Bowl) and Penn State-Utah (Peach Bowl).

The 2008 season offered a unique challenge for mock bracket purposes because two schools won conference titles with 12-0 records (Utah, Boise State), while seven other teams won division or league championships with only one loss: Oklahoma (12-1), Florida (12-1), Texas (11-1), Alabama (12-1), USC (11-1), Texas Tech (11-1) and Penn State (11-1).

The 2008 season ended with Florida defeating Oklahoma, 24-14, in the Orange Bowl to claim the BCS national championship.