Baylor leads all of college football in scoring this season. The Bears’ 63.9 scoring average through seven games is the talk of college football. In four of those games, they have scored 70 or more points and 69 in another. Their lowest scoring effort was a 35-25 victory over Big 12 opponent Kansas State.
As the country’s highest scoring team, it also stands to reason that Baylor is the nation’s leader in total offensive yards. The turbo-charged Bears’ offense is averaging 718 yards per contest, 417 of that through the air. With an offense that generates that much firepower from multiple weapons, both on the ground and through the air, you’re not going to be challenged in very many, if any, games.
But the Bears’ exceptional performance so far in the 2013 season is not just the result of a high-powered offensive attack. They also are playing great defense. Baylor ranks sixth in the nation in both scoring defense and passing yards allowed, and is 11th in total defense. The result is an enormous scoring differential against their opponents. The Bear’s average margin of victory this season is 48 points.
The Bears lead a group of four Big 12 schools that are ranked in the top 25 of the current BCS standings. Baylor is No. 6 in the BCS, their highest BCS ranking ever. The Mean Green Machine is No. 5 in the latest AP poll. That is Baylor’s highest AP ranking in football since 1953. Oklahoma, the Bears’ opponent on Thursday night, is No, 10 in the BCS standings, Oklahoma State is 14th and Texas Tech is at No. 25. Texas, winners of five straight conference games after two early nonconference losses, has moved its way back in the rankings and currently sits just outside of the top 25 at No. 26.
Here are a dozen more fun facts and figures that help tell the story of Big 12 football in the 2013 season:
0 – Kansas is next to last in the conference in scoring defense, but none of the Jayhawks’ eight opponents this season has scored on its opening possession.
5 – Number of Big 12 teams that are already bowl eligible with six or more wins (Baylor, Texas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech). Four more schools have a chance of becoming bowl eligible this season, which would give the conference nine teams eligible for postseason play. Only Iowa State, with just one win overall, has been mathematically eliminated from postseason play this season.
7 – Games remaining on the 2013 schedule between teams in the top half of the conference standings.
12 – Number of consecutive quarters (three games) in which Texas has not trailed on the scoreboard.
15 – Number of pass receptions (for 174 yards) by Texas Tech tight end Jace Amaro vs, Oklahoma State last weekend. He has had four consecutive games in which he has gained 100-plus pass-receiving yards. That is the most since Michael Crabtree did it seven times for the Red Raiders in 2007.
14 – Number of freshman or sophomores who have started in a game this season for Iowa State.
17 – Passes intercepted by the TCU defense so far this season, best in the Big 12. The Horned Frogs’ defense has had at least two interecptions in six of its nine games in 2013.
35 – Number of wins out of 35 games under Bob Stoops when Oklahoma has no turnovers
154 – Yards rushing by West Virginia running back Charles Sims against TCU, his high mark for the season. Sims is third in the Big 12 with 754 yards on the ground this season.
227 – Number of pass attempts by Oklahoma through eight games. The Sooners were second in the Big 12 a year ago with 571 pass attempts.
273 – Total time in seconds (four minutes and 33 seconds) in which Baylor has trailed an opponent in its last nine games.
362 – Number of days since Baylor last lost a football game. Oklahoma was the last team to defeat Baylor: 42-34 on Nov. 10, 2012 at Oklahoma. That was 12 games ago, the third largest active win streak in the FBS.