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Stoops has won the Big 12 title eight of his 15 seasons at Oklahoma.
Though Stoops sometimes gets a bad rap for not winning big games—like the national championship games in 2004 and 2005—he has proven he can win the Big 12.
In the 15 years since Stoops took over at Oklahoma in 1999, the Sooners have won a conference title eight times. That’s a whopping 53 percent of the time.
In the BCS era, winning a major conference championship was only significant from a national championship standpoint if your team also went undefeated or was one of the only one-loss teams in the nation.
Otherwise, it meant a solid BCS bowl appearance.
To illustrate, in the eight years that Oklahoma won the Big 12 in the Stoops era, it only ascended to the national title game three times, or 38 percent.
In 2014, winning the Big 12 doesn’t guarantee a spot in the national championship game, but it does mean you’ve got a high percentage chance of making the College Football Playoff.
That is, assuming that the champion can convince the committee that its resume is more deserving than the winner of the ACC, Big Ten, Pac-12 or SEC.
Given the weakness of the Big Ten and the ACC from top to bottom, and despite the lack of a championship game, this puts the Big 12 in a great position for a selection.
And if Stoops has the best odds of winning the Big 12, expect to see him and his Sooners in the first-ever mini-bracket.