What did Big 12 lose in Top 25 wins?

June, 20, 2012
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Earlier this week, we examined how the Big 12 teams had done against Top 25 competition, as well as tallying wins against top-10 teams.

That stemmed from an email questioning West Virginia's on-field credentials, and the latest post brought an onslaught of new emails.

How did the old Big 12 teams do? Well, I'm glad you asked. TCU shockingly had the best record of any Big 12 team against Top 25 competition, but how did the Big 12 expats do? We'll include Nebraska and Colorado's 2011 seasons.

Nebraska: 7-10 (.412)
  • Wins vs. top 10 (1): vs. No. 6 Missouri (2010)

Nebraska went 3-2 against the Top 25 in 2009, capped by a 33-0 beatdown of No. 20 Arizona in the Holiday Bowl. That's the only season of the four the Huskers were above .500 against the top 25. NU also beat No. 6 Missouri and No. 14 Oklahoma State in consecutive weeks in 2010.

Missouri: 6-10 (.375)
  • Wins vs. top 10 (1): vs. No. 1 Oklahoma (2010)

The Tigers memorably knocked off OU for the first time under Gary Pinkel to reach 7-0 in 2010, but the next best wins since 2008 were a win over No. 20 Illinois in 2008 and a win over No. 16 Texas in 2011.

Texas A&M: 3-14 (.176)
  • Wins vs. top 10 (2): vs. No. 8 Oklahoma (2010), vs. No. 8 Nebraska (2010)

The Aggies went a brutal 1-5 in 2011, with its only top 25 win coming at home against Baylor. It also went a combined 0-6 in the 2008 and 2009 seasons, but staked two huge wins in the latter half of the 2010 season, when the Aggies rallied from a 3-3 start to win a share of the Big 12 South and reach the Cotton Bowl.

Colorado: 2-12 (.143)
  • Wins vs. top 10: None

Colorado's last win was a 34-30 upset of No. 17 Kansas in 2009, but that was the first of a season-ending, seven-game losing streak for the Jayhawks, who finished 5-7. Colorado also knocked off West Virginia in 2008 on a Thursday nighter in September.

So, what did the Big 12 lose in recent results against the Top 25? It's pretty easy to say the league got an upgrade. West Virginia, remember, went 4-4 with one top-10 win.

TCU was the best of any team in the league, going 8-3 against the Top 25 since 2008, including five wins vs. top-10 teams over that span -- the most in the Big 12.

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