We’re two weeks into the college football season, and there are some more numbers too dive into. Here we take a look at some of the more eye-catching stats from the weekend, diving into those numbers that really stick out from the Big 12’s Week 2 slate. After going through the ten games from last week, here are some of the more ridiculous statistics from Week 2.
1. 0.8 Yards Per Rush
Last week seemed to suggest struggles ahead for the Cyclones, who ended up averaging less than a yard per attempt on the ground. Throughout the battle for the Cy-Hawk Trophy, Iowa State’s offensive line had issues in both pass protection and opening up rushing lanes. They’ll certainly get a test this week against Oklahoma’s defensive line. That unit has helped the Sooners hold opponents to 2.8 yards per carry thus far.
It’s hard to find a more eye-popping number than the score in Texas Tech’s victory over FCS Lamar. The Red Raiders had their largest scoring output since they beat Sam Houston State 80-21 in 2005 and their biggest margin of victory since The Great Depression. That’ll make you feel better after a loss, but what does it mean? Probably not much. Put up 77 on an FBS team, then we’ll talk.
3. +6 Turnover Margin…In One Game
How do win your first road game since 2009? Getting two fumbles and four interceptions will probably do it, especially if you don’t give up any turnovers yourself. Kansas got their first win of the season against Central Michigan, an FBS opponent from the MAC. The incredible defensive game for the Jayhawks puts them at the top of the Big 12 in turnover margin.
4. 8.6 QBR
The Battle For The Iron Skillet was delayed due to storms last week, and the rainfall affected both starting quarterbacksw. SMU’s Ben Hicks definitely had the rougher night, managing a QBR of 8.6. Hicks completed just under half of his 38 pass attempts at 2.9 yards per attempt. Certainly, the 2018 version of the TCU defense is no joke. Still, the weather definitely worked in their favor last Friday.
5. 100 Yards Passing
Kansas State’s 31-10 loss to MIssissippi State featured two teams that aren’t in love with the forward pass, and the stats sure show it. The Wildcats managed only 100 yards passing and the Bulldogs threw for only 54 yards more. Combined, the two teams threw only 48 passes. How often do you see that in a contest featuring a squad from the Big 12?
6. Less Than 100 Yards Rushing
Neither Baylor nor UTSA was able to get their rushing total into the triple digits in the Alamodome. Is that good news for their defense or bad news for their offenses? Matt Rhule will certainly hope it means good things for his defensive players, who allowed only 2.9 yards per rush. The Bears probably need to be able to run the ball next week, as they take on a Duke team that has given up only 21 total points in their first two games.
7. Leading Rusher Kyler Murray
The Oklahoma quarterback’s athleticism is well known at this point, but I’m not sure Lincoln Riley wants him to be the team’s best running option. Murray lead the Sooners in totally yards and yards per attempt against UCLA, averaging 6.9 yards per carry. With the news that Oklahoma will be without Rodney Anderson for the rest of the season, someone else needs to step up.
8. Nearly 300 Yards Rushing
Wait, I thought West Virginia liked to throw the ball around? The Mountaineers can undoubtedly air it out, but against Youngstown State they also showed that they have a ground attack. West Virginia racked up 289 yards rushing. Three different backs gained at least 75 yards in route to beating their FCS opponent 52-17. Since their game this week is cancelled, maybe now is a good time for that backfield to get a break.
9. Over 600 Yards Of Offense Per Game
Oklahoma State had another prolific offensive performance last week, putting up over 600 yards on that side of the ball. The Pokes continue to do what good teams do – handle their business. No one expected South Alabama to really challenge Oklahoma State, but Mike Gundy’s team is now averaging 674.5 yards per game. That’s one way to replace a bunch of offensive stars.
10. 237 Yards Passing, 241 On The Ground
Texas head coach Tom Herman has mentioned before that he wants the Longhorns to be balanced offensively. It’s hard to get much more balanced when you run for four yards more than you accumulate through the air. Is that sustainable for more than a week? The Longhorns will certainly try as they take on the No. 22 USC Trojans this Saturday.