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Analyzing offensive line experience in the Big 12

Experience on the offensive line is usually key in college football. It doesn't guarantee offensive success. But it sure helps.

Going into last season, Baylor (106 career starts) and Texas Tech (99) had two of the most experienced offensive lines in the country. Not surprisingly, they ranked first and second nationally in points scored and total offense.

Below is a breakdown of the career offensive line starts returning for every team in the league, going from most to least:

Oklahoma State: 97

Zachary Crabtree 21, Michael Wilson 21, Paul Lewis 19, Brad Lundblade 14, Victor Salako 13 (plus 23 starts at UAB), Jesse Robinson 9

West Virginia: 81

Tyler Orlosky 29, Adam Pankey 25, Kyle Bosch 13 (plus 3 starts at Michigan), Yodny Cajuste 6, Marcell Lazard 6, Tony Matteo 2

Texas: 49

Kent Perkins 24, Connor Williams 12, Patrick Vahe 10, Tristan Nickelson 3

Kansas: 47

Jordan Shelley-Smith 11, Joe Gibson 10, D'Andre Banks 9, Larry Hughes 9, Jacob Bragg 5, Clyde McCauley III 3,

TCU: 46

Aviante Collins 23, Joseph Noteboom 13, Matt Pryor 5, Austin Schlottman 4, Patrick Morris 1

Texas Tech: 33

Baylen Brown 23, Tony Morales 6, Justin Murphy 4

Oklahoma: 32

Orlando Brown 13, Jonathan Alvarez 10, Dru Samia 9

Baylor: 27

Kyle Fuller 26, Blake Blackmar 1

Iowa State: 25

Jake Campos 23, Jacob Dunning 1, Nick Fett 1

Kansas State: 17

Dalton Risner 13, Terrale Johnson 4