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Iowa State and Oklahoma State in College Football Top 3 Returning Production

Dec 29, 2023; Memphis, TN, USA; Iowa State Cyclones quarterback Rocco Becht (3) slides during the first half against the Memphis Tigers at Simmons Bank Liberty Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports

Two teams from the Big 12 Conference top nearly all of college football in 2024 returning production rankings.

Two teams checking in inside the top three belong to the Big 12, with the Iowa State Cyclones headlining the list and the Oklahoma State Cowboys in third.


Iowa State returns the highest percentage of production from the previous season, with *6% returning in 2024, while Kansas State checks in last in the league, 83rd nationally, with 59% returning.

Full Big 12 retention numbers are listed below.

No. 1 Iowa State (86%)

No. 3 Oklahoma State (85%)

No. 10 Baylor (79%)

No. 17 Colorado (71%)

No. 31 West Virginia (68%)

No. 33 Arizona (68%)

No. 39 TCU (67%)

No. 43 Utah (66%)

No. 48 Arizona State (65%)

No. 54 BYU (65%)

No. 63 UCF (63%)

No. 65 Cincinnati (63%)

No. 69 Texas Tech (61%)

No. 71 Houston (61%)

No. 82 Kansas (59%)

No. 83 Kansas State (59%)

While roster retention doesn’t always correlate to success in the following season, both Iowa State and Oklahoma State have firmly positioned themselves in the running for a Big 12 title in 2024.

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