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Five Friday Big 12 factoids

9/4/2009



Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Ready to amaze your friends with your knowledge of Big 12 football?

Check here every Friday for a new feature. Along with the help of the ESPN Research staff and my own noodling, we'll come up with five trends or statistics that will make you take notice.

Here's our first installment for Saturday's games:

  • During his time at Oklahoma, Bob Stoops has lost back-to-back games only three times.

The Sooners lost to Notre Dame and Texas in consecutive games in Stoops' first year in 1999. Oklahoma lost to Kansas State in the 2003 Big 12 championship game and to Louisiana State in the Sugar Bowl for the national championship. And the Sooners dropped the 2005 Orange Bowl for the national championship game against USC and their 2005 season opener against TCU.

With Oklahoma's loss to Florida in last season's BCS title game, Stoops will face a chance for consecutive losses again.

Coming off a loss, Stoops' teams are 20-3 (.870 winning percentage), including 11 straight wins. Stoops has never lost three-straight games in his 133-game coaching career with the Sooners.

  • The numbers seem to favor Texas winning its season opener Saturday night in Austin against Louisiana-Monroe

The Longhorns have won nine straight openers, dating back to a 1999 loss to North Carolina State. And Louisiana-Monroe has lost eight of its last nine openers. The War Hawks' only win in those openers was a 2006 triumph over Alcorn State.

  • Don't expect Georgia to be intimidated by the fans at Boone Pickens Stadium after the Bulldogs' previous road success.

Georgia is 30-4 in true road games under Mark Richt, including a 10-2 mark against ranked opponents.

Most impressively, the Bulldogs are 3-1 in true road games against teams ranked in the top 10 by the Associated Press.

  • Courtesy of the Oklahoman, Saturday will be only the sixth time in history when both Oklahoma and Oklahoma State are ranked and both will be playing top 20 opponents. And in none of the five previous occasions did both Oklahoma and Oklahoma State both win on the same day.

The others times included:

Oct. 11, 2008: No. 5 Texas 45, No. 1 Oklahoma 35; No. 17 Oklahoma State 28, No. 3 Missouri 23

Nov. 6, 2004: No. 2 Oklahoma 42, No. 22 Texas A&M 35; No. 6 Texas 56, No. 19 Oklahoma State 35

Oct. 12, 1985: No. 2 Oklahoma 14, No. 17 Texas 7; No. 9 Nebraska 34, No. 5 Oklahoma State 24

Oct. 30, 1976: No. 19 Colorado 42, No. 13 Oklahoma 31; No. 16 Oklahoma State 20, No. 10 Missouri 19

Oct. 11, 1975: No. 2 Oklahoma 24, No. 5 Texas 17; No. 12 Missouri 41, No. 14 Oklahoma State 14

  • Northern Colorado will be battling some long historical odds when the Bears meet Kansas Saturday night.

Northern Colorado has not beaten a current FBS member since defeating Boise State in 1969. And Boise State was not a Division I program at that time.