Having the No. 1 team in the country in a conference that is in full denial and disarray organizationally right now is about as good as it gets. The Oklahoma Sooners, who may not be long for the Big 12, head to Tallahassee, Fla., to take on fifth-ranked Florida State this weekend in the ultimate road challenge and with a huge red bullseye on their backs as the nation's top-ranked team. If the Sooners' pull this one off, they will have more than validated their place as a prime contender for this year's national championship in college football.
Another number that the Big 12 has going its way this week is the number 14, which represents the number of nonconference wins by member schools in 15 games to start the season. This weekend, the number 6 will be front and center. That is how many conference teams are on the road in their first true test away from their friendly home stadiums this season.
Here are some other numbers of significance in Big 12 football entering Week 3 of the 2011 season:
1 - Number of games Sports Illustrated predicted Kansas would win out of its 12 games this season. The Jayhawks are 2-0 in their first two games.
9 - Number of consecutive road games that Kansas has lost. The Jayhawks are in Atlanta Saturday to go up against Georgia Tech.
10 - Total number of yards rushing Kansas State allowed in its 10-7 win over Division II-A Eastern Kentucky.
20 - Eight times last week vs. Arizona State Missouri ran plays that gained 20 or more yards. This happened only once in Week 1 vs. Miami (Ohio).
37 - Consecutive home games Oklahoma has won at Gaylord Family-OU Memorial Stadium in Norman, the longest active home streak in the country.
42 - Pass completions by Oklahoma State senior quarterback Brandon Weeden in the Cowboys' win over Arizona, which set a single-game school record.
47 - Longest field goal made so far this season in the Big 12, by Grant Ressel of Missouri. . Ressel missed a 48-yard FG in the same game against Arizona State that would have won it for Mizzou in regulation.
125 - Rushing average per game by Joseph Randle of Oklahoma State in his first two games this season.
197 - Kickoff return yards by D.J. Beshears of Kansas last week against Illinois State, the second most in Jayhawk football history.
221 - Pass-receiving yardage by Darrin Moore of Texas Tech in the Red Raiders season-opening game vs. Texas State.
332 - Second-half scoring margin by Texas over its first two opponents (Rice and BYU).
2,000 - Rushing yardage for Missouri wide receiver T.J. Moe as a quarterback his senior year in high school.