Big 12: Tim Hiller
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
A long time ago when I was growing up, I always waited for the Street & Smith baseball yearbook to turn up at the magazine section of my neighborhood drug store.
Back in those pre-internet days, this book was the personal bible for all things about major league baseball for me and my friends.
The book had two must-have items that I waited for every year. One were the neat diagrams of major league parks with the longest home runs in history mapped out.
And the other item I couldn't wait to see were the career lists among baseball players -- both active and retired.
We couldn't find that information at the drop of a keystroke. I think that's what helped developed my interest in numbers and sports.
And it also gave me an extreme appreciation for similar career lists, like the one that the NCAA compiles for active football players.
After the defections of several players, four of the top nine current career players in terms of touchdowns responsibility are among Big 12 quarterbacks who will be back for the 2009 season. No other conference has more than two players among the list of top 10 players on the list.
As you can see, Texas' Colt McCoy ranks third in career touchdowns responsibility with 102, followed by Oklahoma's Sam Bradford in fourth place. Kansas' Todd Reesing is in sixth place and Oklahoma State's Zac Robinson ranks in ninth place.
Here's a look at the current statistics.
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
Will offenses dominate again in the Big 12 next season as they did in 2008?
Perhaps the best reason I expect to see a similar onslaught of big numbers is by examining the NCAA's touchdown passes leaders for quarterbacks who will be returning in 2009. Three of the top five returnees are from the Big 12.
Here's a list of the top 10 active leaders in career touchdown passes who will be coming back for the 2009 season.
Bradford's blistering start in the first two seasons of his career leaves him only 52 touchdown passes from tying Graham Harrell's career FBS record of 138 touchdown passes. He could come close to breaking that record this season if he remains healthy. But a more likely scenario is that it might take him a little more than one season to break Harrell's career TD pass standard.
Would that be enough to convince him to return for a senior season in 2010? Probably not, although most observers were surprised to see him come back for his junior season.
So coming back for a senior season might not be a stretch for Bradford, either.
Particularly if he realizes his chance to make history.
BIG 12 SCOREBOARD
Final Nevada 3 Louisiana-Lafayette 16 Final Utah State 21 UTEP 6 Final 22 Utah 45 Colorado State 10 Final Western Michigan 24 Air Force 38 Final South Alabama 28 Bowling Green 33
6:00 PM ET Marshall Northern Illinois 9:30 PM ET Navy San Diego State
12:00 PM ET Central Michigan Western Kentucky 8:00 PM ET Fresno State Rice
1:00 PM ET Illinois Louisiana Tech 4:30 PM ET Rutgers North Carolina 8:00 PM ET North Carolina State UCF
1:00 PM ET Cincinnati Virginia Tech 2:00 PM ET 15 Arizona State Duke 3:30 PM ET Miami (FL) South Carolina 4:30 PM ET Boston College Penn State 8:00 PM ET Nebraska 24 USC
2:00 PM ET Texas A&M West Virginia 5:30 PM ET Oklahoma 17 Clemson 9:00 PM ET Arkansas Texas
3:00 PM ET Notre Dame 23 LSU 6:30 PM ET 13 Georgia 21 Louisville 10:00 PM ET Maryland Stanford
12:30 PM ET 9 Ole Miss 6 TCU 4:00 PM ET 20 Boise State 10 Arizona 8:00 PM ET 7 Mississippi State 12 Georgia Tech
12:00 PM ET 19 Auburn 18 Wisconsin 12:30 PM ET 8 Michigan State 5 Baylor 1:00 PM ET 16 Missouri 25 Minnesota 5:00 PM ET 2 Oregon 3 Florida State 8:30 PM ET 1 Alabama 4 Ohio State
12:00 PM ET Houston Pittsburgh 3:20 PM ET Iowa Tennessee 6:45 PM ET 11 Kansas State 14 UCLA 10:15 PM ET Washington Oklahoma State