Four Big 12 teams remain undefeated entering Week 4 of the college football season. Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech stand at 3-0, and Baylor is a is at 2-0 after receiving a bye in last wek’s schedule.
Oklahoma State and Texas Tech each have a road win among their three victories. Oklahoma has a conference win – as does Texas Tech – but doesn’t go on the road for the first time until a week from this Saturday, when the Sooners visit 21st-ranked Notre Dame.
Three weeks ago, few would have expected Texas Tech to be 3-0 at this stage and for Texas to have already gone down to defeat twice in three games, with both if the Longhorns’ losses by greater than 20 points. That’s how crazy it can get in college football, and you can be certain that this isn’t the end of the surprises, not by a long shot.
The Big 12 remains an offense-dominant conference. Through the first three weeks of play, Big 12 teams have outscored their opponents 937-485, which comes to an average score of 35-18. Many interpret this to mean that defense is an unknown term in the Big 12, but the truth is that Big 12 schools know something about playing defense, as well as putting points on the scoreboard.
Two conference teams – Baylor and Oklahoma – rank in the top five in the country in scoring defense, and 70 percent of the teams in the Big 12 rank in the top 50 of all FBS teams in that same category.
In this week’s USA Today Coaches’ Poll, two Big 12 schools are ranked in the top 25: Oklahoma State (11), Oklahoma (12); three teams from the conference are ranked in the AP media poll: Oklahoima State (14), Oklahoma (14) and the newest conference member to break in to the top 25, Texas Tech (25).
Here are a dozen other intriguing facts that portray a numerical perspective of 2013 Big 12 football:
1 – Baylor leads the naton and the Big 12 in both total offense (736.5 yards per game) and passing offense (431.5 ypg). The Bears are working it at both ends through two games: They also are No, 2 in the country in scoring defense, giving up just 8.0 points per game.
2 – This is the first time Texas has lost two of its first three games to start a season since coach Mack Brown’s first year at Texas in 1998.
5 – Entering the fourth week of the 2013 season, five teams have started quarterbacks who did not start the opening game.
13 – Thirteen players in the conference have recorded 100 or more pass-receiving yards in a game.
21 – Twenty-one different quarterbacks have seen action for Big 12 teams in the first three weeks of the 2013 season. Only Sam Richardson, the QB at Iowa State, has taken every snap for his team this season.
23 – Kansas’ loss at Rice last weekend was the 23rd consecutive loss away from Kansas Memorial Stadium.
48 – The Big 12’s leading punter, Kirby Van Der Kamp of Iowa State, has 48 punts of greater than 50 yards in his college career.
73 – Number of wins f0r West Virginia in the last 98 games when it outrushes its opponents. That’s an overall record of 73-25.
82 – Oklahoma senior wide receiver Jaz Reynolds had an 82-yard pass reception against Tulsa last Saturday, the second longest passing play in the history of OU’s Owen Field.
130 – Average per-game rushing yards for Baylor junior running back Lache Seastrunk, who leads the Big 12 in rushing.
258 – Consecutive games in which TCU has gone since last being held scoreless. That is the third longest active streak in college football.
159,382 – Total attendance at Kansas State’s first three games this season (an average of 53,000 per game) at newly remodeled Bill Snyder Family Stadium, an all-time record in football at the school.