Comparing Big 12 resumes vs. top 25 teams

June, 18, 2012
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Friday's mailbag featured some talk about Big 12 teams versus teams in the top 25 since 2008, and I heard from a few of you over the weekend that wanted to see more.

Well, let's compare.

Here's how each Big 12 team did versus the top 25 since the 2008 season.

1. TCU: 8-3 (.727)
  • Wins vs. top 10 (5): at No. 5 Boise State (2011), at No. 5 Utah (2010), vs. No. 5 Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl (2010), vs. No. 9 BYU (2008), vs. No. 9 Boise State in the Poinsettia Bowl (2008)

TCU has the most top 10 wins, which included two in 2008 and two in 2010. They also went an amazing 4-0 in the 2010 and 2011 seasons. Quite a run for the Frogs. Welcome to the Big 12. Are we sure they'll have more trouble in the Big 12 than West Virginia?

2. Oklahoma: 15-8 (.652)
  • Wins vs. top 10 (3): at No. 5 Florida State (2011), at No. 8 Kansas State (2011), vs. No. 2 Texas Tech (2008)

Ambitious nonconference scheduling gave the Sooners the most games versus the top 25 of anyone in the Big 12 -- and they've proven themselves when given the opportunity, save a rough 2009 season that featured losses to BYU and Miami.

3. Oklahoma State: 8-7 (.533)
  • Wins vs. top 10 (3): at No. 8 Texas A&M (2011), vs. No. 4 Stanford in the Fiesta Bowl (2011), at No. 3 Missouri (2008)

The Cowboys were an amazing 5-0 in 2011, when they won the Big 12 and went 12-1. That's a far cry from all the way back in 2008, when OSU won nine games, but went just 1-4 against the top 25.

4. West Virginia: 4-4 (.500)
  • Wins vs. top 10 (1): vs. No. 9 Pitt (2009)

WVU was 2-1 in 2011. It's also worth noting that two of those four losses came to top 5 LSU teams.

5. Texas: 8-10 (.444)
  • Wins vs. top 10 (4): at No. 5 Nebraska (2010), vs. No. 1 Oklahoma in Dallas (2008), vs. No. 6 Oklahoma State (2008); vs. No. 10 Ohio State in Fiesta Bowl (2008)

Texas is just 1-8 in 2010 and 2011, but racked up three top 10 wins alone in the controversial 2008 season.

6. Texas Tech: 6-13 (.316)
  • Wins vs. top 10 (3): at No. 3 Oklahoma (2011), vs. No. 1 Texas (2008), vs. No. 9 Oklahoma State (2008)

Tech had a rough 1-5 run during the 5-7 season in 2011, but in that magical 2008 season, it won three games vs. the top 25, including two vs. the top 10.

7. Baylor: 4-15 (.210)
  • Wins vs. top 10 (1): vs. No. 5 Oklahoma (2011)

Three of the Bears wins vs. the top 25 came in the 2011 season, including its only win over a top 10 team. BU was 0-9 in 2008 and 2009.

T-8. Iowa State: 3-15 (.167)
  • Wins vs. top 10 (1): vs. No. 2 Oklahoma State (2011)

The Cyclones played a staggering seven top 25 teams in 2011, beating Texas Tech after it upset OU to reach the top 25, and ruining Oklahoma State's undefeated season.

T-8. Kansas State: 2-10 (.167)
  • Wins vs. top 10: None

K-State earned its only top 25 wins in 2011, when it beat Texas and Baylor.

10. Kansas: 2-14 (.125)
  • Wins vs. top 10: None

KU's dramatic, snowy upset over No. 13 Missouri in 2008 is the best win of the bunch.

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