Stacking up the Big 12's recent history

March, 8, 2012
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You know what you think, but as the Big 12 moves into its new configuration, who enjoyed the most success in the league's final days?

Here's how the league stacks up over the last three and five years.

Three-year overall record
  • 1. Oklahoma State: 32-7
  • 2. Oklahoma: 30-10
  • 3. Missouri: 26-13
  • 3. Texas: 26-13
  • 5. Kansas State: 23-15
  • 6. Texas Tech: 21-16
  • 7. Texas A&M: 21-17
  • 8. Baylor: 21-17
  • 9. Iowa State: 18-20
  • 10. Kansas: 10-26
Three-year Big 12 record (Big 12 title games omitted)
  • 1. Oklahoma State: 20-5
  • 2. Oklahoma : 17-8
  • 3. Missouri: 15-10
  • 4. Kansas State: 14-11
  • 4. Texas: 14-11
  • 6. Texas A&M: 13-12
  • 7. Baylor: 11-14
  • 8. Texas Tech: 10-15
  • 9. Iowa State: 9-16
  • 10. Kansas: 2-23
Five-year overall record
  • 1. Oklahoma: 53-15
  • 2. Oklahoma State: 48-17
  • 2. Texas: 48-17
  • 4. Missouri: 48-19
  • 5. Texas Tech: 41-22
  • 6. Kansas State: 33-29
  • 7. Texas A&M: 33-31
  • 8. Kansas: 30-32
  • 9. Baylor: 28-34
  • 10. Iowa State: 23-39
Five-year Big 12 record (Big 12 title games omitted)
  • 1. Oklahoma: 30-11
  • 2. Oklahoma State: 29-12
  • 3. Missouri: 27-14
  • 4. Texas: 26-15
  • 5. Texas Tech: 21-20
  • 6. Kansas State: 19-22
  • 7. Texas A&M: 19-22
  • 8. Baylor: 13-28
  • 9. Kansas: 13-28
  • 10. Iowa State: 11-30

A few thoughts and notes:
  • Sustained success without down years is how you climb the conference rung. Look up top at Missouri and Oklahoma State. Until last year's Big 12 title in Stillwater, neither had won "big." But sustaining wins over a (relatively) long period pays off. Maybe you don't think of either program as a "national power," but they've been winning with the pace of a national power the past half decade. Would anyone really have guessed that the best team in the Big 12 the past three years was Oklahoma State?
  • Meanwhile, Texas Tech has clearly fallen off after Mike Leach's exit. Leach won as many Big 12 games in his last season as Tuberville did in his first two. Leach also won more Big 12 games than Tuberville's best year (3) in every season but his first, all the way back in 2000.
  • Also, Kansas? Good grief. Terrible. One Big 12 win in two of the past three seasons. The gap between the Jayhawks and the rest of the league is enormous. The task in front of Charlie Weis is clear.
  • You don't have to tell Texas A&M fans the program has been down this decade, but the numbers spelled out in this fashion are a little jarring. Nothing but mediocrity for one of college football's most underachieving programs.
  • The league in this form is over, and it's time to move on, but the last five years of the Big 12 are in the books. This is the legacy these teams will leave behind.

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