- David Ubben, College Football
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We're back again with some trends across the Big 12 paired with nonsensical financial terms. Let's get started.
Rising: Turnovers in TCU games
If you tune into a TCU game, there's probably going to be some wildness going on. The Frogs have forced 26 turnovers, more than all but one Big 12 team (Kansas State, with 27). The Frogs even forced two from K-State last week, and the Wildcats had turned the ball over just four times in their first nine games. The bad news? TCU has four more turnovers than any team in the Big 12. The Frogs have given the ball away 25 times, so their turnover margin of plus-1 is just fourth in the Big 12.
Falling: Kansas buttkickings
There's been a lot of attention paid to Kansas' close calls, but look at the other end of the spectrum, too. Last year, Kansas lost six games by at least 30 points and four by at least 40 points. KU has just two losses of that variety this season. Both came by at least 40 points, but consider this: Both were to Kansas State and Oklahoma, a top-15 team and a national title contender. Last year, KU let seven-win Texas A&M beat it by 54 points and eight-win Texas earned a 43-0 victory. KU is hanging tough just about every week, and mediocre teams aren't beating up on KU these days.
Rising: Josh Stewart
The Oklahoma State receiver is quickly ascending to near elite status among Big 12 receivers. That's a tough group to crack, too. Last week, Stewart grabbed career highs in receptions (13) receiving yards (172) and had his third career game with multiple touchdown passes. That's more than just one game, too. Stewart's topped 120 yards in two of his past three games and has averaged 10 catches a game in his past four games. Stewart never had 100 yards in a game before his third game of this year, his sophomore season. His late rise is a pretty strong signifier of what's to come.
Falling: Punters against Texas
What a weird stat. Texas has faced some of the nation's best punters, including Iowa State's Kirby Van Der Kamp and Oklahoma State's Quinn Sharp. Still, the Longhorns' opponents average just 36 yards a kick against them, the lowest average in college football. Sharp punted twice (avg. 38 yards) and Van Der Kamp booted seven punts on Saturday (37.71 yards) against the Horns. Only two teams all season have averaged more than 40 yards a punt against Texas.