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Wednesday, February 27, 2013
How explosive is your team's offense?

By David Ubben

We haven't done this in awhile, but it's always interesting to look back at how each Big 12 team stacks up when it comes to big plays. We'll look at both sides of the ball this week on the blog, as well as what it all meant in the standings, too. Let's just start with the offense for now. Here's how many plays longer than 20 yards each Big 12 team logged last season.
  1. Oklahoma State -- 92
  2. Baylor -- 86
  3. West Virginia -- 70
  4. Texas Tech -- 68
  5. TCU -- 60
  6. Kansas State -- 59
  7. Texas -- 59
  8. Oklahoma -- 54
  9. Iowa State -- 44
  10. Kansas -- 40

Lots to chew on here. A few thoughts:
The biggest flaw in the raw numbers is not everybody in the Big 12 runs the same number of plays because the pace varies so much. Here's how the numbers break down in percentages. This is the percentage of each team's plays that went for longer than 20 yards. I'd say this is your definitive number on just how explosive your team's offense is:
  1. Oklahoma State: 9.1 percent
  2. Baylor: 8.02 percent
  3. Kansas State: 7.02 percent
  4. West Virginia: 6.99 percent
  5. Texas Tech: 6.85 percent
  6. Texas: 6.62 percent
  7. TCU: 6.56 percent
  8. Oklahoma: 5.37 percent
  9. Iowa State: 4.77 percent
  10. Kansas: 4.59 percent