Red zone efficiency on offense and defense is huge in the Big 12, but if you string together oodles of big plays, can you rack up points regardless? Let's have a look at how the Big 12's top scoring teams did in that category.
Oklahoma State -- 92 (45.7 points a game, first in Big 12)
Baylor -- 86 (44.5 points a game, second in Big 12)
West Virginia -- 70 (39.5 points a game, third in Big 12)
Texas Tech -- 68 (37.5 points a game, sixth in Big 12)
TCU -- 60 (28.3 points a game, eighth in Big 12)
Kansas State -- 59 (38.8 points a game, fourth in Big 12)
Texas -- 59 (35.7 points a game, seventh in Big 12)
Oklahoma -- 54 (38.2 points a game, fifth in Big 12)
Iowa State -- 44 (24.5 points a game, ninth in Big 12)
Kansas -- 40 (18.3 points a game (10th in Big 12)
Very intriguing. At the top and bottom, the correlation is basically perfect. In the middle? It's a complete mess. Here's a plus-minus on where the team finished in the two statistics.
Baylor -- 0
Iowa State -- 0
Kansas -- 0
Kansas State -- minus-2
Oklahoma -- minus-3
Oklahoma State -- 0
Texas -- 0
TCU -- plus-3
Texas Tech -- plus-2
West Virginia -- 0
I still believe in Kansas State as the league's most efficient offense, but it racked up the fourth-most big plays and ranked sixth in scoring. I still think that showcases efficiency considering K-State scored those points and turned big plays on more than seven percent of its snaps in 2012. It ran fewer plays than a lot of teams in the Big 12, but scored points on the highest percentage of its drives.
Oklahoma, meanwhile, could have a case for a lack of efficiency in these numbers.
TCU's plus-3 wasn't very surprising. Late in the season, it was largely boom or bust for the Frogs offense. It lacked a lot of consistency, but a few times a game, Trevone Boykin seemed to find ways to break a long score. The offense wasn't very good, but it was explosive in some spots.