And that would be for just 13 regular-season games. If you add on a 13th game, which is all but assured given that Baylor became bowl eligible for the fourth-straight year two games ago with its sixth win in 2013, the season scoring total goes up by a factor of 64, at the Bears’ present rate, to 813 – almost a hundred point difference.
The current NCAA Division I scoring record in one season is 716, set in 2008 by the Oklahoma Sooners behind Heisman Trophy quarterback Sam Bradford. The Sooners averaged 51 points a game that record-setting season over 14 games. There was still a Big 12 Championship game in 2008, and OU finished first in the Bowl Championship Series standingds that season, which put them in the BCS title game with No. 2 Florida.
Baylor moved up to No. 5 this week in the second week of the 2013 BCS standings. If they keep rolling up record-setting numbers on offense, like they have through the first seven games this season, the Bears are likely to find themselves in prime contention for one of the two spots in what will be the final season for the BCS National Championship game. Of course, Alabama, Oregon, Florida State and Ohio State will have something to say about that, as well.
The Bears are putting up unheard of numbers on offense this season. In order to slow this Baylor team down, you can’t just stop the run, because this bunch is a prolific passing team as well as being blessed with an outstanding corps of running backs. The Bears lead the Big 12 both in running the football and in passing. They are averaging over 300 yards rushing per game and over 400 yards in the air.
Behind a rushing attack led by junior Lache Seastrunk, who is averaging a conference-best 123.4 yards per game, and the passing arm of quarterback Bryce Petty, the league’s leading passer with a 69 percent completion rate and averaging 352 yards a game, Baylor is well on its way to also setting a new total offense mark in teh Big 12 era. The 2008 Oklahoma team holds the season record with 7,670 total yards. After seven games, Baylor has already recorded 5,534 yards of total offense, and they have five games remaining in the regular season.
The Baylor offense would need to average 528 yards a game in its final five regular-season games to break the record. Given that their next five games are against the best teams in the conference, the Bears are not likely to average their current 719 yards a game, but this Baylor offense is plenty good enough to put up 500-plus yards in every game.
The way Baylor is playing – and it’s been pretty darn good on defense as well as offense, ranking 10th in the country in total defense – I’m not sure any team in the country is going to outscore them, which is what it’s going to take to beat this year’s edition of what used to be the worst team in the Big 12.
Here are a dozen more fun and fascinating facts and figures reflectring on the state of the game in Big 12 football this season:
0 – Number of wins by Kansas coach Charlie Weis against 13 Big 12 opponents in his two years as the Jayhawks’ head coach.
2 – Number of wins needed by Bob Stoops to become the winningest coach in Oklahoma’s storied football history.
4 – The Big 12 is the only conference with four teams that have one or fewer losses entering Week 10.
11 – Fumbles recoverd by the West Virginia defense this season, most in the Big 12.
20.3 – Baylor averages a play every 20.3 seconds this season. That is the eighth fastest pace among FBS teams this season.
24 – Kansas has now lost 24 consecutive conference games in the Big 12, and the prospects of snapping that streak do not look promising for at least a couple more weeks.
32 – Number of consecutive wins by Oklahoma when the Sooners rush for more than 200 yards in a game.
219 – Rushing yards gained by Oklahoma State’s Desmond Roland in the Cowboy’s 31-point win over Iowa State. It was Roland’s first start at running back.
220.9 – Before the Oklahoma game, Texas Tech was averaging 220.9 yards after the catch every game. That was the second most this season among teams in BCS conferences.
400+ – Baylor has gained at least 400 yards on offense in 34 consecutive games.
864 – Yards of total offense by Baylor this season in its 73-42 win over West Virginia in Week 5. That broke the previous Big 12 single-game record of 777 yards, also set by Baylor in a 67-56 victory over Washington in the 2011 Alamo Bowl.