Many statistical numbers and ratio comparisons are generated every college football season, but the only ones that really amount to anything, short of individual performances, are wins and losses and a team's finish in its conference and the national BCS rankings.
The top 14 in the final BCS standings, which were revealed this past Sunday, qualify for at-large consideration to play in one of three BCS bowls (Sugar, Orange and Fiesta) that precede the granddaddy of the college bowls: the BCS Championship. The Big 12 placed four teams in this category this season. Unfortunately, only Big 12 champion Oklahoma State will appear in a BCS bowl. The Cowboys fell just short of earning the challenger spot vs. top-ranked LSU in the national title contest, losing out to Alabama from the SEC in the closest two-three finish in the BCS era.
Kansas State, easily the surprise team in the Big 12 this football season, finished only five spots back of Oklahoma State in the BCS standings, at No. 8. Another surprise team among the conference leaders was Baylor, No. 12 in the BCS, and Oklahoma, which surprised everyone in the opposite way with its 3-3 finish to end the year, fell to No. 14 after beginning the season as one the prohibitive favorites to make it all the way to New Orleans.
With four teams in the BCS top 14, the Big 12 tied the SEC, although the four SEC teams (No. 1 LSU, No. 2 Alabama, No. 6 Arkansas and No. 9 South Carolina) all finished in the top 10. The SEC placed six teams in the top 25; the Big 12 had five (Texas was No. 24).
Eight of the 10 Big 12 teams are headed to bowls this postseason. Only Texas Tech and Kansas are not going bowling. Also of note, the two new schools that are expected to join the Big 12 next season when Texas A&M and Missouri move to the SEC - TCU and West Virginia - are participating in bowls this holiday season.
Here are some other numbers making news in the Big 12 this season:
.889 - Oklahoma's field-goal success rate this season, scoring on 24 of 27 attempts, best in the conference. In recent years, the Sooners have been one of the worst FG-kicking teams in the Big 12.
4 - Number of games Kansas State (10-2) was favored in this season out of its 12 games.
6 - The six conference wins and 6-3 Big 12 record achieved by Baylor this season is the school's most wins and best record in the Big 12 era (1998 - present).
10 - Number of years it has been since Texas A&M last won a bowl game. The Aggies defeated TCU 28-9 in 2001 in the GalleryFurniture.com Bowl (later named the Houston Bowl).
13 - Average points scored per game this year by Kansas State junior quarterback Collin Klein to lead the Big 12. That's only nine points less than Kansas averaged as a team.
45 - Number of touchdowns passing and running the ball this season by Baylor Heisman finalist Robert Griffin III. RG3 is one of only three players in major college history with 10,000 yards passing and 2,000 running in a career. And he still has another year of eligibility if he doesn't declare for the NFL draft.
79 - Rushing attempts for Baylor for 402 yards in the Bears' 66-42 win over Texas Tech.
154 - Penalty yardage assessed against Texas Tech vs. Kansas, the most in a single game this season. Tech was the third worst team in the Big 12 in per-game penalty yardage (64.8).
315 - All-purpose yards by Tyler Lockett of Kansas State against Oklahoma State, the most in one game this season. Oklahoma's Ryan Broyles had 301 yards vs. Kansas.
505 - Most passing yards in a single game this season, by Landry Jones of Oklahoma against Kansas State. That's three yards more than Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden recorded in his best passing game this year, also vs. Kansas State.
557 - Total yards of offense by Baylor against Texas, the No. 1 defense in the Big 12. The Longhorns have only yielded an average of 315 yards a game all season.
744 - Total yards of offense for Missouri early in the season in a nonconference game vs. Western Illinois.
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