The end of the Big 12 regular season is quickly approaching as we enter Week 13. Now’s the time of year when the postseason is beginning to take shape, and there are some numbers from last week that are either a good or bad reflection upon the teams in this conference.
NO LUCK IN NOVEMBER
With last Saturday’s loss to Kansas State, head coach Kliff Kingsbury has now suffered nine losses by at least two possessions in the month of November. Some of those have been closer than others, with the 21-6 loss in Manhattan one of the lowest scoring. On average, the Red Raiders have lost those contests by a score of 44-18.
With their home win against Texas Tech, Bill Snyder’s Wildcats moved one game closer to getting to a bowl game. Were they to go to a bowl, it would be the ninth straight season since Snyder’s return that his team played in the postseason. The last time he had a team finish below .500 was 2005, the same year he retired from coaching in his first go around.
CHANCE TO MAKE BIG 12 HISTORY
With a win on Saturday, the Cyclones would boast six victories in Big 12 play for the first time ever. Last season’s 5-4 mark tied their previous high for wins, and winning Farmageddon would be another mark of progress in the Matt Campbell era.
MOST POINTS IN THE BEATY ERA
Oklahoma gave up 40 points to Kansas on Saturday, which is the high point total enjoyed by the Jayhawks in the David Beaty era. Freshman Pooka Williams also set a personal record, running for a career high 252 yards against the Sooners.
MAGIC NUMBER EIGHT
The Longhorns managed to get to eight wins against Iowa State, which is the first time Texas has passed that mark since 2013. Texas finished that season with seven wins in Big 12 play, a feat that they will hope to repeat against Kansas this Friday.
FIRST SHIP IN OVER TEN YEARS
In spite of their loss to Oklahoma State on Saturday, the Mountaineers still have plenty to play for in conference play. Beating the Sooners would make West Virginia outright conference champions for the first time since 2005, when the Mountaineers were still in the Big East.
GUNDY’S BOWL STREAK
With their win in Stillwater, the Pokes qualified for a bowl for the 13th year in a row. As long as Mike Gundy has been the coach at Oklahoma State, the Cowboys have only failed to make the postseason in his first year in 2005. 2018 has been an up-and-down year for Oklahoma State, but if they beat TCU in Fort Worth, they’ll end this season with only one less conference win than they had last year.
ALL PURPLE IN THE REVIVALRY
When the Horned Frogs managed to beat Baylor in the Revivlary 16-9, it marks the fourth year in a row that TCU’s beaten the Bears. Since Gary Patterson’s team joined the Big 12, the Horned Frogs have won five of the last seven games. In their victories, the Bears have averaged a 2.67 point differential. The average margin of victory for TCU in their wins? 21.
STILL LOOKING FOR THAT ONE “W”
Even though the Bears missed out on their sixth win at home last Saturday, they go into their game against Texas Tech this week with another chance to get to the postseason. The last time that Baylor didn’t get to .500 for two straight years was in 2008-2009. That was the tail end of a bowl drought for the Bears that had lasted since 1996.