Big 12 teams are putting up big numbers on offense again this season. This has become almost an expectation for teams that compete in the Big 12. But this season, Big 12 teams are bringing a stronger defensive presence than in past seasons.
Front-running Baylor not only leads the nation in scoring and total offense, but the Bears also are in the top 10 in scoring defense and rank 11th nationally in total defense, allowing 323.6 yards per game. Oklahoma, which in past seasons under Bob Stoops has boasted one of the country’s most prolific offensive attacks, is 13th this season is total defense (326.4 ypg), and TCU ranks 26th (355.2).
Baylor’s 684 yards per game of total offense not only is the best in the country; it is over 100 yards better than the next best team (Oregon, 580 ypg).
Baylor is one of six remaining FBS teams that have yet to lose this season (Alabama, Florida State, Ohio State, Northern Illinois and Fresno State are the others), but the Bears also have the most difficult schedule of the five other unbeaten teams to close the regular season. The Bears have games left this weekend at Oklahoma State and against Texas, both of which have only one conference loss.
Six conference teams (Baylor, Oklahoma State, Texas, Oklahoma, Texas Tech and Kansas State) are bowl eligible this season, meaning they have six or more wins. TCU and West Virginia, both with four wins in 2013, lost their chance to join the bowl-eligible ranks when they lost their games this past weekend. With just one game remaining for both, they won’t be able to reach the minimum number of wins to go bowling in the postseason.
All six of the Big 12’s bowl eligible teams have at least one game left with a ranked opponent.
Here are a dozen more fun facts and figures that provide additional perspective on the 2013 Big 12 football season entering the final three weeks of the regular season:
1 – Number of conference football games Kansas had won in its last 39 games before Saturday’s victory over Iowa State, which ended a 27-game losing streak in Big 12 games.
3 – Number of consecutive victories for Oklahoma State over Texas on the Longhorns’ home field. Only tow other teams have ever accomplished that.
11 – This season marked the 11th time in coach Bob Stoops’ 15 seasons at Oklahoma that the Sooners have had a perfect record at home. OU was 6-0 this season in games played in Norman.
12 – It has been a dozen years (2001) since West Virginia did not go to a postseason bowl.
17 – Number of three-and-outs forced by the Baylor defense against Texas Tech in Saturday’s 63-34 Bears victory.
27.3 – The average distance for touchdown passes in the Big 12 this season.
28 – Number of points Kansas State has scored off of turnovers in its last four games. The Wildcats had 37 points off of opponents’ mistakes in their first six games.
34 – Career touchdowns for Kansas senior running back James Sims. The school record is 41.
50 – Three Oklahoma runners – Damien Williams, Brennan Clay and Trevor Knight – had touchdown runs of over 50 yards against Iowa State in a 48-10 Sooner victory. It was the first time since 1988, OU had three touchdown runs over 50 yards by three different players.
92 – Junior tight end Jace Amaro of Texas Tech has 92 pass receptions for 1,157 yards to lead the Big 12. That is the most receiving yards by a Texas Tech receiver since Michael Crabtree’s 1,165 yards in 2008.
56 – TCU placekicker Jason Oberkrom kicked a 56-yard field goal Saturday at Kansas State. It was the longest of his career and the second longest in school history.
812 – Yards rushing this season for Baylor freshman Shock Linwood. He is 31 yards shy of former Baylor star Robert Griffin III’s Big 12 freshman record of 843 yards in 2008.