Oklahoma going for 10th title in Big 12 still with 10 teams

Ponca City Now - August 12, 2016 8:59 am

DALLAS (AP) – Oklahoma already has a record nine Big 12 championships, and last season took the league into the College Football Playoff for the first time.

While the smallest Power Five conference could soon be expanding, the Sooners and Bob Stoops – now the longest-tenured FBS coach – seem to have everything in place to push for another playoff run out of the 10-team league.

Since their last national title in 2000, the Sooners made another BCS Championship Game in 2008 and last season played in the Orange Bowl, losing the CFP semifinal to Clemson after the Big 12 was snubbed for the first four-team playoff in 2014.

"I don't reflect back much on it," Stoop said of the national title in his second season at Oklahoma. "I look forward and try and continue to improve, and be a more powerful team is what I'm constantly preaching."

Big 12 leaders have to decide whether to add two, four or no teams. Even without expansion, the league is restoring its championship game in 2017, with a likely split into divisions again. For now, the Big 12 remains the only Power Five conference with a round-robin league schedule.

 

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