Sometimes you just have to take a break from all the serious things in life and indulge in the weird and crazy. Well, we are here to help with that. So, make a turkey sandwich, sit back, and enjoy some of these weird and crazy stats from the Big 12 so far this season.
200 – Bill Snyder is going for win 200 this week against Kansas. Why is that weird and crazy. He would only be the 26th coach to do it. Nick Saban only has 202. Snyder already has the most wins among active coaches at their current schools. And the next winningest coach at K-State has a grand total of 39 wins. After orchestrating the Miracle on the Plains I think we have to honestly ask if Snyder really is a wizard after all.
234 – Patrick Mahomes II leads the Big 12 in pass attempts at 545. Baker Mayfield is 6th at 311 attempts. That is a difference of 234 attempts. Yet, both players have 35 touchdowns.
2 – Quick, how many players have a pick six in the Big 12? The answer is 2. Only Oklahoma’s Jordan Evans and Iowa State’s Kamari Cotton-Moya have intercepted a pass and ran it back for a touchdown, and Evans has done it twice!
145 – Let’s stick with Evans for a bit. Jordan Evans has 145 interception return yards off of 4 picks for an average of 36.25 yards per pick. Four interceptions also makes him tied for 3rd in the conference.
10 – Quick, which player is the Big 12 sack leader? That would be Dorance Armstrong, Jr. of Kansas with 10 sacks. How many of us would guess that Kansas had the best pass rusher within the Big 12. What bodes even better for Kansas, Armstrong is only a sophomore. His stats so far this season: 35 solo tackles, 22 assists, and a whopping 17 tackles for a loss which is three better than anybody else in the conference! Defensive line truly is the shining strength of Kansas.
108 – Travin Howard leads the conference in tackles with 108 and it isn’t even close. Ty Summers is next on the list with 91. Why is this a crazy state? TCU has only played 10 games. That means Howard is averaging almost 11 tackles a game. Last year he had 107 total and played safety.
121 – How bad is Texas? Only 121 yards separate Texas from Kansas in punting yards. Kansas has also punted the ball 11 more times than Texas (68 to 57). On the other hand, Texas’ punter is pretty good. Lucky for them, otherwise they might not even by 5-6.
299 – D’Onta Foreman has 299 plays from scrimmage. That is 109 more than any other player in the Big 12. 292 of those plays have been rushing attempts. Justice Hill is second in attempts at 171. D’Onta Foreman continues to be one of the very few bright spots on a woeful Texas team, but you have to wonder how many more miles are left with this kind of usage? Unfortunately for him, while it shows off some amazing durability it can also hurt his draft stock by teams questioning how much he might have left?
4 – As mediocre as Ertz has been – 125 completions on 217 attempts for a completion percentage of 57.6% and only 7 TD’s – he only has 4 interceptions on the year. The silver lining, of those tied with him – Mason Rudolph, Jacob Park, and Carter Stanley – only Rudolph has more attempts at 251.
100% – Only Mike Molina (39), Matthew McCrane (29), and Matthew Wyman (25) have made all their extra point attempts.
6 – Call Oklahoma State block kick U, because they’ve blocked 6 kicks so far this season. Only Georgia Southern has blocked more (7).
20.7 – Shelton Gibson is averaging 20.7 yards per reception. Why is that crazy? He only has 766 yards on the year and has appeared in all 10 games for WVU. His receptions per game has actually decreased over the course of the year. Conversely, Dede Westbrook and James Washington are both averaging 19.3 yards per reception and have 1354 and 1159 yards on the year so far.