As we gear up for a long, fun weekend of wall-to-wall college football – at least the majority of us, right? – hear are some fun facts and Big 12 football triva that you can throw out among your tailgating or couch potato buddies to impress them with you insatiable knowledge of the game.
Texas Tech has had just one losing season in the last 19 years, the fewest of any of the Big 12 schools in the Lone Star State and, in fact, any FBS school in Texas. As far as the Big 12 is concerned, though, the Texas Longhorns have had two losing seasons since 1995, TCU has four and Baylor has had 14 over that period.
Speaking of schedule strength, five of Texas’ first six games this season are against bowl teams (North Texas, Brigham Young, UCLA, Baylor and Oklahoma), each of which won at least eight games a year ago. What a difference four years can make. In the four seasons Colt McCoy was the Longhorn quarterback, he threw 112 touchdown passes and 45 interceptions. In the four seasons since McCoy departed, Longhorn quarterbacks have passed for 65 touchdowns and thrown 58 interceptions.
Baylor, the nation’s highest scoring team last season, had 29 scoring drives in 2013 that took one minute or less. The Bears have won 22 conference games in the past four seasons. In the 13 seasons prior to that, Baylor won a total of 13 league games.
Each of Kansas State’s five losses last season was by 10 points or less. The Wildcats were minus-nine in turnover margin in their five losses in 2013 and plus-nine in their eight wins. K-State was just the eighth team in the BCS era to start a season 2-4 and wind up winning eight games total.
Oklahoma’s stunning 45-31 win in the Sugar Bowl over Alabama last season was the Sooners 28th bowl victory in their storied football history. Their .606 winning percentage in 47 bowl appearances gives the Sooners the third best winning percentage in bowl games in college football. Five times in the last seven seasons, Oklahoma has begun the season ranked in the top-five nationally. The Sooners are ranked third in the Amway coaches’ poll and fourth in the AP media poll to begin the 2014 season.
Kansas broke its 27-game Big 12 losing streak last season with a home win over West Virginia. The Jayhawks haven’t won a conference game on the road, however, since 2008 (a 40-37 victory over archrival Missouri at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.). Before that, the last true road win in the Big 12 was at Oklahoma State in 2007.
Iowa State won just three games total in 2013. Two of those victories came in the final two games of the regular season, in which the Cyclones totaled over 500 yards of offense in both games. Despite a 3-8 overall record, and just 1-5 at home, Iowa State averaged a record 55,361 in home attendance a year ago, including the three largest crowds in school history.