Follow the Big 12 Conference for Fireworks

Follow the Big 12 Conference for Fireworks

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College football fans that enjoy a game featuring a pair of grind ’em out defenses won’t want to take in too many Big 12 Conference contests. Those games are often decided with the winner scoring at least 50 points and the loser coming in with 40 points or more. Wide open offenses rule the league, although two teams — Oklahoma and Kansas State — field some very good defensive units too.

Let’s take a look at some the recent Big 12 fireworks and a look ahead of some upcoming sparklers.

Texas v. Baylor — One of the most recent Big 12 games played where the fireworks exploded early and often was last Saturday’s contest between the Texas Longhorns and the Baylor Bears. Texas won 56 to 50 and those points were put up in regulation time. The two combined for 73 points in the first half and 1,132 total yards. Other than an opening drive 84-yard run that quickly put Texas on top 17 seconds into the game, all other scores were accomplished through good old moving up and down the field. Baylor’s defense is the worst in the nation, ranking dead last among the major teams.

Baylor v. West Virginia — Baylor again. This time it was a game against West Virginia, one where the Bears scored 63 points but still lost by seven. In regulation time, at that. That game made the Mountaineers look better than they actually are as Heisman hopeful Geno Smith threw for eight touchdowns. The two teams combined for 133 points, 67 first downs and 1,507 total yards to set a Big 12 scoring record. Smith and the Mountaineers have since come down to earth getting hammered by Texas Tech and Kansas State on consecutive Saturdays.

Texas Tech vs. TCU — This game went to three overtimes before Tech prevailed 56 to 53. After four quarters, the teams were tied at 36, putting up nearly the same points that Texas and Baylor did in the first half of their game on the same day. By the time the game was over, both teams put their customary 20 to 21 points per game points against average to bed as neither one could give their defenses a break. Seth Doege passed for seven touchdowns against TCU and that is the third time this year he passed for at least six touchdowns in a game.

Texas A&M vs. Louisiana Tech — Remember when La. Tech was the doormat of college football? It does not seem so long ago. The Bulldogs do not play in the Big 12, but they do land an occasional crossover game that allows them to strut their stuff. On Oct. 13, the then unbeaten Bulldogs hosted the former Big 12 and now SEC Aggies and lost 59 to 57, combining for 64 first downs and nearly 1,300 yards in a game that Tech nearly tied with 38 seconds to go. A failed 2-point conversion ended a contest that had the Aggies on top from start to finish, nearly blowing a 27 to 0 lead against a team that leads the nation in points, scoring 56 points per game on average. Seems like the Aggies brought over some Big 12 habits to the SEC. Notably, when the Aggies do lose an SEC contest, they’re held to under 20 points per game. Hmmm….

Other Scores

Through games of Oct. 30., both Kansas State and Texas Tech have scored 300 points in seven gams with Baylor scoring 288 in just six games. Although the Wildcats are averaging nearly 43 points per game, they’re giving up just 16 points, demonstrating that there are some defensive units diligently at work in the conference. If you’re looking for future sparklers, then the Nov. 3 game pitting TCU at West Virginia will likely offer an explosive performance as might the Baylor-Texas Tech showdown on Nov. 24.

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