Every game, week, and every season has a statistic that seems to defy explanation. Sometimes they are just weird. Other times wacky. And, when all sanity seems lost, downright crazy. We are here to find those stats and bring them out into the light they belong.
By and large this was a great stat week for some teams and ones to forget for others. Let’s hope that the bowl season is kinder to the Big 12 than the non-con was at the beginning of the year.
Weird, Wacky, and Crazy Stats From Week 14
9 – Baker Mayfield posted his 9th game with a QBR greater than 90. That leads the FBS. He has been crazy good all year and deservedly made the Heisman Finalist list in New York.
10 – Bob Stoops posted his 10th Conference Championship this weekend. That is impressive for a number of reasons. First, no other school has more than 3 Conference Championships in football in the Big 12. And, Stoops now how more Conference Championships than home losses. Norman has consistently been a place where dreams come to die, unless you are a Sooner.
197.8 – Staying in Norman a bit longer, Baker Mayfield raised his season pass efficiency rating to 197.8 this weekend. That is an increase of 3 whole points, something that is hard to do in one game when you have 11 others to average it with. The NCAA single-season record is 191.8 set by Russell Wilson.
2 – James Washington only had 2 receptions on 8 targets in the Bedlam game. This will go down as one to forget for OSU and Washington in particular. We hoped for a game with the Big 12’s best wide receivers trying to outdo each other. Instead, OSU just was not able to take consistent advantage against OU’s depleted and weak secondary. Rudolph’s accuracy issues and the weather were probably a big reason why.
111 – Dede Westbrook finished with 111 yards and a TD on 4 catches. Why is this impressive? He did all this before he left midway through the 2nd quarter with an injury.
2 – Byron Pringle and Isaiah Harris are the only players who caught a pass for KSU in Kansas State’s dominating win over Texas Christian. It is not like the Wildcats did not throw the ball; Ertz finished 9 for 21.
6 – Byron Pringle caught the first six passes from Ertz for 126 yards and 1 TD. It was not until midway through the third quarter that Ertz connected with somebody else. That somebody, Isaiah Harris (seriously, did you read the above paragraph?).
92.3 – Jesse Ertz finished with a QBR of 92.3 even though he connected on less than 43% of his throws. The reason is that he finished with 19 carries for 170 yards.
17-1 – Why does OU want to hold onto Lincoln Riley so badly? Since he has joined the Sooner staff OU has gone 17-1 in the conference. The lone loss was to Texas last year.
6-6 – Two story lines here, one uplifting, the other not so much. Miami (OH) of MACtion fame became the first team in FBS history to start out 0-6 and finish 6-6. Hats off to not giving up. Baylor, on the other hand, started off 6-0 and proved our own Chris Ross correct by dropping its last six games to finish 6-6. Rhule is inheriting a major rebuild in Waco. With so few scholarship players returning next year and only one 2017 commitment Baylor fans could be looking at Kansas level losing for the near future.
2 – Speaking of Kansas, a lot of prognosticators had them finishing 2-10 with wins over Rhode Island and Ohio. Those prognosticators were half right. Kansas did finish with 2 wins and beat Rhode Island. But, instead of beating Ohio, Kansas shocked the world and beat Texas. Kansas could have easily wound up with four wins this year if they had caught a lucky bounce against TCU and Iowa State, teams they lost to by only one score. Dave Beaty is building something special in Lawrence.
4 – In many ways Baylor was the better team Saturday in Morgantown and held the lead at the half. But, four turnovers doomed them to their sixth loss on the season. You won’t win many games turning the ball over that many times.
.483 – Since its inception 21 years ago, the Big 12 has posted a 70-75 win/loss record in bowl games for a measly .483 win percentage. The Big 12 basically needs to sweep its bowl games this year to finish above .500. Something that is going to have to consist of a few upsets according to Vegas odds makers.