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Big 12 Football by the Numbers: Week 5

NCAA Football: Baylor at Texas Tech

Week 5 is in the books. After the first full week of conference play (no non-conference games), some things are starting to take shape:

Texas’ offense is really good, but the defense is shaky. This might be the worst defense TCU has fielded in quite some time. West Virginia is struggling to run the ball, but it’s tackling well. Oklahoma State is a dangerous team, at least at home, and Oklahoma is the class of the league, but not by much. K-State’s offense is so much better with Skylar Thompson at quarterback. UT’s Bijan Robinson and ISU’s Breece Hall are probably still the best running backs in the league, but OSU’s Jaylen Warren is getting in the conversation, and KSU’s Deuce Vaughn is showing that containing him in the run game just makes him that much more dangerous in the passing game.

Below is a dive into the numbers after Week 5 to help you track how the Big 12 is shaping up. If you spot errors, please let me know on Twitter or via email. I do my best, but I always seem to make a mistake somewhere.

It should be noted that TCU has played one fewer game than everyone else in the league.

As always, caveat lector: stats can be deceiving.

 

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0 Interceptions throw by Baylor’s Gerry Bohanon after 5 games

1 Win for Kansas heading into its bye week

2 Kick return TDs over the last 2 weeks for KSU’s Malik Knowles

3 Baylor interceptions against OSU’s Spencer Sanders

4 Rushing TDs and 4 passing TDs for Iowa State against KU

5 Sacks in 5 games for K-State’s Felix Anudike-Uzomah

Note: Baylor won the turnover battle 3-0 and still lost the game; this is the second week in a row that a Big 12 team has won the turnover battle in lopsided fashion and lost the game (last week TCU won the turnover 3-1).

FEWEST MISSED TACKLES* (CHANGE FROM LAST WEEK)

1. West Virginia – 40 (+5); 8 per game

2. Iowa State – 46 (+8); 9.2 per game

3. TCU – 53 (+22); average: 13.25 per game

4. Oklahoma – 54 (+15); 10.8 per game

5. Kansas – 56 (+4); 11.2 per game

6. Kansas State – 57 (+10); 11.4 per game

7. Texas – 61 (+16) 12.2 per game

8. Oklahoma State – 65 (+11); 13 per game

T9. Baylor – 69 (+24); 13.8 per game

T9.  Texas Tech – 69 (+9); 13.8 per game

*I’ve changed this from missed tackles to fewest missed tackles so that the order now puts the best tackling team at the top and the worst at the bottom.

Note: BU went from one of the best tackling teams in the league to one of the worst in one game. Whatever problems WVU may have, tackling isn’t one of them. Oklahoma State’s tackling has improved dramatically in league play. KU’s 4 missed tackles while getting blown out is more of an condemnation of KU’s ability to be in position to attempt a tackle than it is a sign of good tackling.

 

TEAM SACKS (CHANGE FROM LAST WEEK)

1. West Virginia – 17 (+3); 3.4 per game

2. Oklahoma State – 16 (+3); 3.6 per game

3. Kansas State* – 15 (+2); 3 per game

4. Oklahoma – 12 (+1); 2.4 per game

T5. Iowa State – 11 (+0); 2.25 per game

T5. Texas Tech – 11 (+2); 2.25 per game

7. Texas – 10 (+1); 2 per game

8. Baylor – 6 (+1); 1.2 per game

9. TCU – 5 (+2); 1.25 per game

10. Kansas – 3 (+1); 0.6 per game

*The NCAA’s official stat bank gives KSU credit for 16 sacks, but the count is 15: 4 + 5 + 3 + 1 + 2 = 15.

Note: I over-reported OSU’s sacks last week due to adding in a game twice. Four tiers are shaping up: Tier 1 is WVU, OSU, and KSU; Tier 2 is OU, ISU, TTU, and UT; Tier 3 is TCU and BU; Tier 4 is KU.

POINTS AGAINST (CHANGE FROM LAST WEEK)

1. Iowa State – 78 (+7); 15.6 per game

2. Baylor– 87 (+24); 17.4 per game

3. West Virginia – 89 (+23); 17.8 per game

4. Oklahoma State – 93 (+14); 18.6 per game

5. Oklahoma – 95 (+31); 19 per game

6. TCU – 109 (+32); 27.25 per game

7. Kansas State – 115 (+37); 23 per game

8. Texas – 120 (+27); 24 per game

9. Texas Tech – 154 (+20); 30.8 per game

10. Kansas – 219 (+59); 43.8 per game

Note: This is not a direct translation to scoring defense as some teams have allowed opponents’ defenses to score. TCU’s 27.25 points against per game is 9th in the league.

POINTS FOR (CHANGE FROM LAST WEEK)

1. Texas – 219 (+32); 43.8 per game

2. Oklahoma – 192 (+37); 38.4 per game

3. Baylor – 185 (+14); 37 per game

4. Texas Tech – 178 (+23); 35.6 per game

5. Iowa State – 169 (+59); 33.8 per game

6. West Virginia – 150 (+20); 30 per game

7. Kansas State – 144 (+31); 28.8 per game

8. TCU – 140 (+27); 35 per game

9. Oklahoma State – 127 (+24); 25.4 per game

10. Kansas – 86 (+7); 17.2 per game

Note: This is not a direct translation into scoring offense as some defenses have scored. TCU’s 35 points per game average is 5th in the league.

TOTAL DEFENSE (CHANGE FROM LAST WEEK)

1. Iowa State – 1,166 yards (+302); 233.2 yards per game

2. Oklahoma State – 1,526 yards (+280); 305.2 yards per game

3. Baylor – 1,563 yards (+402); 312.6 yards per game

4. West Virginia – 1,584 yards (+346); 316.8 yards per game

5. TCU – 1,588 yards (+414); 397 yards per game

6. Oklahoma –1,634 yards (+420); 336.8 yards per game

7. Kansas State – 1,713 yards (+392); 342.6 yards per game

8. Texas Tech – 1,949 yards (+424); 389.8 yards per game

9. Texas – 1,984 yards (+351); 396.8 yards per game

10. Kansas – 2,459 yards (+564); 491.8 yards per game

Note: TCU’s average of 397 ypg is 9th worst in the league.

 

TOTAL OFFENSE (CHANGE FROM LAST WEEK)

1. Texas – 2,350 yards (+414); 470 yards per game

2. Baylor – 2,238 yards (+280); 447.6 yards per game

3. Iowa State – 2,210 yards (+564); 442 yards per game

4. Texas Tech – 2,190 yards (+346); 438 yards per game

5. Oklahoma – 2,167 yards (+392); 433.4 yards per game

6. Oklahoma State – 1,893 (+401); 378.6 yards per game

7. West Virginia – 1,883 yards (+424); 376.6 yards per game

8. Kansas State – 1,802 yards (+420); 360.4 yards per game

 9. TCU – 1,733 yards (+351); 433.25 yards per game

10. Kansas – 1,653 yards (+302); 330.6 yards per game

Note: Baylor’s per game average is coming down quickly as the competition stiffens. I expect Texas’ per game average to take a hit next week as well.

RUSHING DEFENSE (CHANGE FROM LAST WEEK)

1. Oklahoma – 418 yards (+100), 4 TDs (+0)

2. Kansas State – 432 yards (+131), 6 TDs (+2)

3. West Virginia – 442 yards (+80), 3 TD (+2)

4. Iowa State – 450 yards (+175), 3 TD (+1)

5. Oklahoma State – 455 yards (+107), 5 TDs (+2)

6. Texas Tech – 602 yards (+94), 7 TDs (+1)

7. Baylor – 784 yards (+219), 6 TDs (+2)

8. TCU – 816 yards (+272), 6 TDs (+2)

9. Texas – 862 yards (+169), 9 TDs (+2)

10. Kansas – 1,245 yards (+290), 20 TDs (+4)

Note: TCU’s defense has had two consecutive games where the run defense got torched. Iowa State fell from leading the Big 12 in rushing defense to 4th in the league while playing KU. The top half of the conference in rushing defense is very close. Things quickly get bad in the bottom half.

RUSHING OFFENSE (CHANGE FROM LAST WEEK)

1. Texas – 1,329 yards (+272), 17 TDs (+2)

2. Baylor – 1,194 yards (+107), 14 TDs (+2)

3. Iowa State – 913 yards (+290), 11 TDs (+4)

4. Kansas State – 839 yards (+100), 11 TDs (+0)

5. Oklahoma State – 796 yards (+219), 9 TDs (+2)

6. TCU – 788 yards (+169), 9 TDs (+2)

7. Oklahoma – 775 yards (+131), 12 TDs (+2)

8. Kansas – 745 yards (+175), 6 TDs (+1)

9. Texas Tech – 720 yards (+80), 12 TDs (+2)

10. West Virginia – 560 yards (+94), 10 TDs (+1)

Note: If you would’ve told me before the season started that WVU would be dead last in the Big 12 for rushing offense after Week 5, I would’ve thought you were crazy, but if you’re wondering how WVU ended up at 2-3, this explains a lot.

PASSING DEFENSE (CHANGE FROM LAST WEEK)

1. Iowa State – 714 yards (+120), 4 TDs (+0), 3 INTs (+0)

2. TCU – 772 yards (+142), 7 TDs (+1), 5 INTs (+1)

3. Baylor – 778 yards (+182), 4 TD (+1), 7 INTs (+3)

4. Oklahoma State – 1,071 yards (+173), 3 TD (+0), 2 INT (+0)

5. Texas – 1,122 yards (+182), 5 TD (+1), 3 INTs (+0)

6. West Virginia – 1,137 yards (+266), 6 TDs (+0), 2 INT (+1)

7. Oklahoma – 1,207 yards (+320), 7 TDs (+3), 3 INT (+0)

8. Kansas – 1,214 yards (+274), 9 TD (+4), 1 INT (+0)

9. Kansas State – 1,281 yards (+261), 6 TD (+2), 5 INTs (+1)

10. Texas Tech – 1,341 yards (+330), 13 TDs (+1), 6 INTs (+0)

Note: OU and TTU took tumbles in this ranking after giving up 320 and 330 passing yards respectively.  Here’s the grain of salt: #1 ISU and #3 BU are the only two teams in the league to play KU so far. #2 TCU has played one fewer game than every other team.  

PASSING OFFENSE (CHANGE FROM LAST WEEK)

1. Texas Tech – 1,459 yards (+266) 9 TDs (+0), 6 INTs (+1)

2. Oklahoma – 1,392 yards (+261), 10 TDs (+2), 4 INTs (+1)

3. West Virginia – 1,323 yards (+330), 7 TDs (+1), 4 INTs (+0)

4. Iowa State – 1,297 yards (+274), 9 TDs (+4), 4 INTs (+0)

5. Oklahoma State – 1,104 yards (+182), 6 TDs (+1), 5 INTs (+3)

6. Baylor – 1,044 (+173), 7 TDs (+0), 0 INTs

7. Texas – 1,021 yards (+142), 11 TDs (+1), 3 INT (+1)

8. Kansas State – 963 yards (+320), 5 TD (+3), 4 INTs (+0)

9. TCU – 945 yards (+182), 9 TDs (+1), 2 INTs (+0)

10. Kansas – 901 yards (+120), 5 TDs (+0), 3 INTs (+0)

Note: I laid into KSU in this section last week, and now, after seeing how much better KSU’s passing offense looked with Skylar Thompson back, I’m going to lay into all the people who say Thompson isn’t a good QB. Thompson became the first QB this season to pass for over 300 yards against OU while playing in a knee brace that limited his signature mobility. He’s damn good. Elsewhere, the best QB in the league is probably Spencer Rattler, but the margin between Rattler and the pack is pretty slim.

INDIVIDUAL SACKS (CHANGE FROM LAST WEEK)

1. Felix Anudike-Uzomah* (KSU) – 5 sacks (+1)

T2. Taijh Alston (WVU) – 4 sacks (+0.5)

T2. Darius Stills (WVU) – 4 sacks (+2)

T4. Will McDonald IV (ISU) – 3.5 sacks (+0)

T4. Isaiah Thomas (OU) – 3.5 sacks (+1)

T4. Perrion Winfrey (OU) – 3.5 sacks (+0)

T7. Jared Bartlett (WVU) – 3 sacks (+0)

T7. Jaylon Hutchings (TTU) – 3 sacks (+1)

T7. Eyioma Uwazurike (ISU) – 3 sacks (+0)

T10. Kyron Johnson (KU) – 2.5 sacks (+1)

T10. Collin Oliver (OSU) – 2.5 sacks (+2)

T12. Khalid Duke** (KSU) – 2 sacks (+0)

T12. Dylan Horton (TCU) – 2 sacks (+2)

T12. Brock Martin (OSU) – 2 sacks (+0)

T12. Ovie Oghoufo (UT) – 2 sacks (+0)

T12. Tyree Wilson (TTU) – 2 sacks (+0)

T17. Reggie Grimes (OU) – 1.5 sacks (+0)

T17. Devin Harper (OSU) – 1.5 sacks (+0)

T17. Tyler Lacy (OSU) – 1.5 sacks (+1)

T17. Akheem Mesidor (WVU) – 1.5 sacks (+0.5)

T17. Jalen Redmon (OU) – 1.5 sacks (+0)

* ESPN lists Anudike-Uzoma as having just 2 sacks, but this is wrong as he had 3 against Southern Illinois and 1 each against Oklahoma State and Oklahoma. Always double-check ESPN.

**Khalid Duke is out for the season with an injury sustained in Week 3.

Note: More than a dozen Big 12 players have at least one sack. WVU’s Alston and Stills are looking like a formidable combo.

LEADING RUSHERS (CHANGE FROM LAST WEEK)

1. Bijan Robinson (UT) – 652 yards (+216) 7 TDs (+2), 105 carries (+35)

2. Breece Hall (ISU) – 551 yards (+123), 8 TDs (+2), 104 carries (+17)

3. Jaylen Warren (OSU) – 512 yards (+125), 6 TDs (+2), 115 carries (+36)

4. Abram Smith (BU) – 510 yards (+97), 2 TDs (+1), 67 carries (+10)

5. Deuce Vaughn (KSU) – 444 yards (+51) 5 TDs (+0), 90 carries (+15)

6. Zach Evans (TCU) – 443 yards (+113), 3 TDs (+1), 57 carries (+15)

7. Leddie Brown (WVU) – 378 yards (+57), 6 TDs (+1), 83 carries (+17)

8. Trestan Ebner (BU) – 348 yards (+0), 0 TDs, 58 carries (+8)

9. Tahj Brooks (TTU) – 284 yards (+0), 4 TDs (+0), 35 carries (+0) 

10. Devin Neal (KU) – 264 yards (+83), 2 TDs (+0), 54 carries (+15)

11. Jason Bean (KU) – 240 yards (+19), 2 TDs (+0), 60 carries (+5)

12. Kennedy Brooks (OU) – 327 yards (+91), 4 TDs (+1), 67 carries (+15)

13. Eric Gray (OU) – 245 yards, 0 TDs, 49 carries (+4)

14. Roshon Johnson (UT) – 228 yards (+22), 3 TDs (+0), 32 carries (+7)

Note: UT’s Robinson has solidified his spot atop this ranking. OSU’s Jaylen Warren continues to rise, and after getting few opportunities in the first two games, he now leads the league 115 carries. For the first time this season, KU QB Bean is not leading the team in rushing after being surpasses by Neal.

LEADING RECEIVERS (CHANGE FROM LAST WEEK)

1. Erik Ezukanma (TTU) – 406 yards (+0), 1 TD (+0), 23 receptions (+0)

2. Xavier Hutchinson (ISU) – 381 yards (+96), 3 TDs (+1), 31 receptions (+7)

T3. Tay Martin (OSU) – 317 yards (+110), 2 TD (+0), 21 receptions (+6)

T3. R.J. Sneed (BU) – 317 yards (+0), 1 TD (+0), 16 receptions (+0)

T3. Jordan Whittington (UT) – 317 yards (+79), 3 TD (+1), 20 receptions (+3)

6. Kaylon Geiger (TTU) – 314 yards (+82), 1 TD (+0), 21 receptions (+7)

7. Winston Wright, Jr. (WVU) – 278 yards (+106), 0 TDs, 26 receptions (+9)

8. Tyquan Thornton (BU) – 276 yards (+52), 3 TDs (+0), 19 receptions (+3)

9. Trevor Wilson (KU) – 271 yards (+55), 1 TD (+0), 15 receptions (+3)

10. Marvin Mims (OU) – 264 yards (+71), 0 TDs, 17 receptions (+3)

11. Xavier Worthy (UT) – 253 yards (+7), 4 TDs (+0), 15 receptions (+1)

12. Kwamie Lassiter II (KU) – 235 yards (+25), 1 TD (+0), 15 receptions (+4)

13. Charlie Kolar (ISU) – 238 yards (+64), 2 TDs (+1), 17 receptions (+4)

14. Sam James (WVU) – 232 yards (+45), 3 TDs (+0), 17 receptions (+2)

15. Phillip Brooks (KSU) – 225 yards (+55), 1 TD (+1), 17 receptions (+6)

16. Isaiah Esdale (WVU) – 223 yards (+113), 1 TD (+1), 14 receptions (+6)

17. Bryce Ford-Wheaton (WVU) – 219 yards (+0), 1 TD (+0), 15 receptions (+0)

18. Deuce Vaughn (KSU) –206 yards (+104), 2 TDs (+1), 20 receptions (+10)

19. Taye Barber (TCU) – 198 yards (+37), 1 TD (+0), 10 receptions (+3)

20. Brennan Presley (OSU) – 188 yards (+10), 1 TD (+0), 12 receptions (+1)

21. Michael Woods II (OU) – 187 yards (+33), 2 TDs (+1), 20 receptions (+3)

22. Mario Williams (OU) – 178 yards (+29), 2 TDs (+0), 20 receptions (+3)

23. Malik Knowles (KSU) – 172 yards (+21), 0 TDs, 14 receptions (+5)

24. Quentin Johnston (TCU) – 170 yards (+37), 2 TDs (+0), 12 receptions (+3)

25. Bijan Robinson (UT) – 167 yards (+22), 2 TDs (+0), 10 receptions (+2)

26. Jadon Haselwood (OU) – 166 yards (+18), 2 TDs (+0), 18 receptions (+1)

27. Rashod Owens (OSU) – 164 yards (+53), 1 TD (1), 9 receptions (+3)

28. Sean Ryan (WVU) – 158 yards (+0), 1 TD (+0), 8 receptions (+0)

29. Loic Fouonji (TTU) – 143 yards (+50), 1 TD (+0), 5 receptions (+2)

30. Darius Davis (TCU) – 138 yards (+35), 1 TD (+0), 13 receptions (+6)

31. Jaden Bray (OSU) – 136 yards (+0), 1 TD (+0), 6 receptions (+0)

32. JD Spielman (TCU) – 125 yards (+36), 2 TDs (+1), 8 receptions (+2)

33. Dalton Rogdon (TTU) – 123 yards (+16), 0 TDs, 7 receptions (+3)

T34. Luke Grimm (KU) – 122 yards (+22), 0 TD, 8 receptions (+1)

T34. Jaylen Warren (OSU) – 122 yards (+5), 0 TDs, 9 receptions (+2)

Note: Martin (OSU); Wright, Jr. (WVU); and Vaughn (KSU) all had over 100 receiving yards in Week 5. Vaughn more than doubled his season receiving yardage against OU. Ezukanma (TTU) did not play in Week 5 and still leads the league in receiving yards.

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