Week three is in the books. With a day to dig through the data, we’ve found a few interesting stats.
It’s time to start calling Oklahoma State’s Tylan Wallace and Chuba Hubbard the most dangerous offensive duo in the country. After three games, Wallace is the nation’s leading receiver in yards (390), yards per game (130), and touchdowns (6). Hubbard is tops in rushing yards (521), rushing yards per game (173.7), and rushing touchdowns (7).
Speaking of rushing, I thought the Big 12 was all about passing. The conference has three of the top 10 rushing attacks in the country, four of the top 15, and five of the top 16.
- 4: Oklahoma – 324.3
- 5: Baylor – 318
- 9: Oklahoma State – 285.3
- 12: Kansas State – 280
- 16: TCU – 273
Can Oklahoma make it three Heisman winners in a row? As of now Sooner quarterback Jalen Hurts has more total touchdowns (13) than incompletions (11).
After the first two weeks of the season, West Virginia was the only team in the country without a run of at least 10 yards. It seems they found their offense as they had five on Saturday against NC State
Kansas’s win over Boston College wasn’t just big, it was record setting. The Jayhawks’ 48-24 win over BC was the biggest margin of victory by a 20-point dog in a Power 5 match-up.
Teams would be advised not to face Kansas State’s defense on a third down. The Wildcats currently have the second best third down defense in the country, with opponents completing just five of their 31 attempts.
Speaking of the Cats, redshirt freshman Malik Knowles’ 100-yard kick-off return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter was the first 100-yard kick return for Kansas State since 2015.
Oklahoma State scored on their very first play of the game on Saturday, with a 75-yard run by Chuba Hubbard. It’s the second straight half that Oklahoma State has scored on the first play. The Cowboys opened their second half against McNeese with a 75-yard touchdown pass to Tylan Wallace.
Through three weeks of the season, The Big 12 has the most wins in games against non-conference Power 5 teams (7. I’m counting BYU, Boise, Houston, and UCF since the conferences seem to), the highest win percentage against non-conference Power 5 opponents (63.6%), and the highest overall win percentage (83.3%). They’re also the only conference without a team with a losing record (Iowa State is 1-1).
Star pass-catchers beware. Purdue wide receiver Rondale Moore was leading the country in all-purpose yards after two weeks, with 514 total yards and 257 a game. He is now in fourth thanks to TCU holding him to a grand total of three catches and one carry for 25 yards.