The Bears demolished Iowa State in a 71-7 win, upping their perfect season record to 6-0, while Tech also remained unbeaten at 7-0. Baylor moved to No. 5 in the USA Today Coaches Poll and No, 6 in the AP poll, voted on by the media. Texas Tech is 10th in both polls.
The first week of the 2013 Bowl Championship Series standings debuted this week, with Baylor at No. 8 and Texas Tech holding down 10th place. Oklahoma was the only other Big 12 team to finish in the top 15 in the inital week of the BCS poll. The Sooners are at No, 15.
In a conference that for years has been dominated by Texas and Oklahoma, it’s refreshing to many to see other teams in the national spotlight. In addition to their top-10 ranking in the national polls, Baylor and Texas Tech are also making big noise nationally for their high-scoring, blisterng offenses that are putting up video-gsme-like numbers.
Baylor, which four years ago won only one conference game, and averaged 320 yards of total offense a game, currently leads the nation with an almost unbelievable 714 yards of offensive mayhem every time out. And Texas Tech is not far behind, with the sixth most potent offensive attack in the country heading into Week 9.
Those numbers are bound to come down some as the Bears and Red Raiders go up against the other elite teams in the conference, but at present Baylor and Texas Tech have separated themselves from the rest of the league, and in impressive fashion.
Texas Tech gets its first real conference test this weekend at Oklahoma, and the Red Raiders follow that up with a home date against Oklahoma State. The week after next, on Thursday night primetime TV, Baylor hosts Oklahoma.
By that time, we’re likely to have the same teams at the top of the league, but perhaps in a different order.
Here are a dozen more fun and fascinating facts and figures that provide additional perspective on the 2013 Big 12 football season:
2 – There are 10 unbeaten teams remaining in the FBS level of college football, and Baylor and Texas Tech are two of them.
5 – For years, the Big 12 has been prominently known as an offensive-minded conference. This season, however, five conference teams, half of the league, are among the top 30 in the country in total defense.
5 – There have been a total of five on-side kicks attempted in the Big 12 so far this season. Iowa State has three of them.
9 – Kansas State has nine more giveaways than takeaways this season (-9), the worst turnover margin in the conference. A year ago, the Wildcats led the Big 12 in this category at +19.
16 – Total yards passing by Kansas in a 34-19 loss to Oklahoma. The Sooners lead the nation in pass defense, allowing an average of 150 yards per game.
30 – Oklahoma is 124-6 under Bob Stoops when it scores 30 or more points in a game.
49 – Yards of a touchdown pass thrown by Oklahoma wide-receiver Lacoltan Bester against Kansas. That was the first TD pass thrown by a non-quarterback at OU since 2003.
64 – Baylor’s 64-point winning margin against Iowa State was the largest in school history.
75 – Baylor and Texas lead the conference in several statistical categories, including won-lost record, but one category their not particularly proud of is yards penalized. The two conference leaders are last in the league with an average of 75 penalty yards per game.
125.8 – Average rushing yards per game for Baylor junior running back Lache Seastrunk, which is 32 yards better than the second-best ground-gainer in the conference, Jonathan Gray of Texas.
400 – Quarterback Davis Webb of Texas Tech is the second freshman in school history to pass for over 400 yards in his first two games as a starter.
59,538 – Record attendance at Oklahoma State’s Boone Pickens Stadium for last Saturday’s game with TCU.