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Big 12 Football By The Numbers & Week 5 Power Rankings

After taking care of business at a record-setting clip in its regular-season nonconference schedule, Big 12 teams are now set to begin taking it out on each other as conference play kicks off across the board. A look at what the numbers tell us.

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Coach Bill Snyder of Kansas State
Coach Bill Snyder of Kansas State

Big 12 teams compiled a 27-3 record in the nonconference portion of the schedule this season for a record-setting winning percentage of .900, the best ever by the Big 12 and the best by any conference since 1997. The SEC won 89 percent of its nonconference games in 1997.

Every Big 12 team completed nonconference play with a winning record, only the second time this has happened in conference history. It also happened in 2004.

There are 15 teams in college football that remain undefeated after five weeks. Five of those teams are from the Big 12 (Oklahoma, 4-0; Oklahoma State, 4-0; Kansas State, 4-0; Texas Tech, 4-0, Texas, 4-0). That number will be reduced to at least four teams after this weekend because of the Red River Rivalry matchup between No. 1 Oklahoma and No. 10 Texas.

5 - Number of Big 12 teams are ranked this week in the USA Today coaches' poll (Oklahoma,1; Oklahoma State, 7; Texas, 10; Kansas State, 21; Texas A&M, 25).

6 - The Big 12 has six of the top 11 teams in NCAA total offensive yards per game: 3. Oklahoma State (571.75), 4. Oklahoma (555.0), 5. Baylor (552.75), 7. Texas Tech (525.0), T9. Texas A&M (518.5), 11. Missouri (517.0).

12 - Twelve different players have scored touchdowns for Kansas this year.

16 - Number of times Oklahoma has exceeded 60 points in a game under coach Bob Stoops.

51 - In last week's loss to Texas, Iowa State quarterback Steele Jantz attempted 51 passes and completed 27, both career highs.

154 - Texas Tech was penalized 17 times for a total of 154 yards last week against Kansas.

304 - Number of pass receptions so far in his career for Ryan Broyles of Oklahoma. He needs just 13 more receptions to set an NCAA record.

.540 - Kansas State's winning percentage (18-15) against teams from Texas in the Big 12 era.

551 - Baylor's Robert Griffin III has thrown 18 touchdown passes in four games totaling 551 yards. That is more yards than six teams across the country have in total passing yards (Kansas State, Vanderbilt, Kent State, Eastern Michigan, Navy and Army.

948 - Passing yards given up by Texas A&M in its last two games, losses to Oklahoma State and Arkansas.

Big 12 Power Rankings (Through Week 5)

  • 1. Oklahoma - No. 1, No. 2, No. 3, it makes no difference to Bob Stoops.
  • 2. Oklahoma State - Bedlam game with OU looking bigger and bigger.
  • 3. Texas - This weekend will be a true test of how far back the Longhorns have come.
  • 4. Kansas State - Broke into the Top 25 this week.
  • 5. Baylor - If it weren't for Robert Griffin's first interception of the year in 113 passes, the Bears would be 4-0 and still undefeated.
  • 6. Texas A&M - In danger this week of falling out of the Top 25 after starting in Top Ten.
  • 7. Texas Tech - The Red Raiders are still the free-for-all, gun-slingin' team they've always been. If only they could learn to play some defense.
  • 8. Missouri - The Tigers are much better than their record indicates.
  • 9. Iowa State - Has the bubble burst on the Cyclones?
  • 10. Kansas - The next few weeks are going to be very tough on the young Jayhawks.