Thursday, December 6, 2012
Big 12 by the numbers: Pre-bowls
By David Ubben
Time for a few numbers that tell the story of the 2012 season in the Big 12:
4: Big 12 teams that finished above Texas in total defense this season.
4: Seasons in which Texas had led the Big 12 in total defense.
9: Big 12 teams that gave up fewer rushing yards than Texas.
8: Returning starters from the Longhorns' defense in 2011, which of course led the Big 12 in total defense.
0: Defenses in Texas history that gave up more yardage in a season than 2012.
10: Sacks allowed by Oklahoma State all season, three fewer than any team in the Big 12.
2: Serious leg injuries to Oklahoma State quarterbacks J.W. Walsh and Wes Lunt. Lunt also suffered a reported head injury against Kansas State.
0: Big 12 teams whose starting quarterbacks missed a full game because of injury.
21: Positive turnover margin for Kansas State.
6: The next-best turnover margin in the Big 12, by West Virginia.
-11: Turnover margin for Texas Tech in its final five games. The Red Raiders were 1-4 over the stretch and finished the season -12 in turnover margin, good for 110th nationally.
2: National rank of Baylor's offense with Heisman winner Robert Griffin III (587 yards/game).
1: National rank of Baylor's offense with bearded quarterback Nick Florence (578 yards/game).
6: Big 12 teams ranked 110th or lower nationally in punts per game.
5: Big 12 teams in the top 12 nationally in total offense.