Reminiscing the 2008 Big 12 Season

By: Hunter Griffitts

Twitter: @HunterGriffitts

As a lifetime OU fan the 2008 season was a magical one. I am only able to remember bits and pieces as I was only in the 5th grade at the time. Not only was it an exciting season for OU it was also a notable one for other Big 12 teams.

At the time the Big 12 was the powerhouse conference of college football, placing six different teams in the AP Top 15 throughout the year. Texas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, and Missouri were all ranked in the top 15 at some point.

The highlight of the Big 12’s biggest game in that ’08 season was the Texas/Texas Tech game when Michael Crabtree had a touchdown reception late in the game to beat #1 Texas. A few weeks later Texas Tech would visit Norman to face the Sooners. The Red Raiders would lose in a blowout highlighted by the Sooners 35 point 2nd Quarter. The regular season was capped off with a high-scoring contest in Bedlam with OU beating Oklahoma State, 61-41. Oklahoma would play Missouri that year in the Big 12 Championship game winning 62-21. The Big 12 would send 7 teams to bowl games that year finishing with a 4-3 record.

Not only were the teams memorable but there were talented players all over the conference that season. These players were what really made the season so special.

The Big 12 had some of the top Quarterbacks in the country that year in Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford, Colt McCoy, Chase Daniel, Graham Harrell, and Todd Reesing.

2008 Top 5 Passing yardage leaders:

  1. Graham Harrell (Texas Tech): 5,111
  2. Sam Bradford (Oklahoma): 4,720
  3. Chase Daniel (Missouri): 4,335
  4. Todd Reesing (Kansas): 3,888
  5. Colt McCoy (Texas): 3,859

Maybe even more impressive was the receiving corps that year. Whether it was the duo of Todd Reesing and Dezmon Briscoe or that of Chase Daniel and Jeremy Maclin there was receiving talent everywhere around the Big 12. Dez Bryant from the OSU Cowboys led the conference in receiving that year with 1,480 receiving yards and 19 TD’s.

2008 Top 5 Receiving yardage leaders:

  1. Dez Bryant (Oklahoma State): 1,480
  2. Dezmon Briscoe (Kansas): 1,407
  3. Jeremy Maclin (Missouri): 1,260
  4. Michael Crabree (Texas Tech): 1,165
  5. Juaquin Iglesias (Oklahoma): 1,150

The 2008 season was one the most productive seasons for the Big 12 with a stockpile of talent some of which are still in the NFL. Three Big 12 schools (Texas, Oklahoma, Texas Tech) were able to climb as high as the #1 or #2 team in the nation. Hopefully the Big 12 as a whole can get back to being the dominant powerhouse it was that season but with the downward trend in recruiting classes it will be hard to do so. Whether you think so or not recruiting is the deciding factor in playing in a New Year’s Six Bowl in late December/early January or playing in the Dollar General Bowl. It will take some time but the Big 12 can once again show they are a top football conference and that had better come sooner rather than later.

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