Modified: December 3, 2007 at 4:14 pm •  Published: December 1, 2007
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In its six Big 12 Championship game appearances, Oklahoma has played opponents of all talent levels, ranging from the No. 1 team in the country to an unranked squad that barely achieved a winning record in the conference. But which title game opponent was the best? Let's rank 'em:

6. 2004: Colorado
These Buffaloes really deserve to be ranked seventh on this list of six. They had 46 total yards in the title game and three first downs — two by OU penalty.

5. 2006: Nebraska
Norman native and Husker quarterback Zac Taylor carried the team to a respectable finish, though he didn't have a lot of talent around him.

4. 2002: Colorado
The Buffs weren't as good as their coach, Gary Barnett, thought they were. Remember his crack about wanting a mulligan after OU's 27-11 win during the regular season? "We hit our mulligan out of bounds,” Barnett said after the title game.

3. 2003: Kansas State
Darren Sproles and Ell Roberson played over their heads in the 35-7 upset of OU. This Wildcat team was good, but not that good.

2. 2007: Missouri
Chase Daniel is the best QB Oklahoma has faced in the title game, and he is loaded with weapons. The Tigers could make a case tonight for No. 1 on this list.

1. 2000: Kansas State
The Wildcat offense was much better than it looked against Oklahoma's stalwart defense in the championship game. They were every bit as dangerous as Missouri is this year, but with a better defense.

By Scott Wright


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