Eight teams in the Big XII are bowl eligible: Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas State, Missouri, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas, and Texas A&M. Only Texas Tech and Kansas did not become bowl eligible. Kansas was overmatched from the beginning, especially their defense. Texas Tech, however, had numerous chances to become bowl eligible, especially with their prolific passing offense, but a porous run defense killed them, and their bowl chances.
It’s time to look at the fourth quarter of the season report card for Big 12 teams; the regular season is over, heading into the bowl season. The report card will factor in each team’s success (or lack thereof) offensively and defensively, while keeping their win-loss record in mind. In the event a team is playing in a bowl game, it will be noted.
Note: The Big XII will have at least nine members in 2012: Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas, and Texas Tech. West Virginia’s membership might be delayed due to litigation with the Big East. Missouri and Texas A&M will depart for the SEC. Because of the changes and uncertainty, there will be no predictions offered as to win totals, at this time.
Baylor – Projected Record: (6-6); Actual Record: (9-3)
Total Offense: 571.25 yards/game; 2nd.
Run Offense: 215.08 yards/game; 18th. Pass Offense: 356.20 yards/game; 5th.
Total Defense: 477.50 yards/game; 114th.
Run Defense: 198.67 yards/game; 102nd. Pass Defense: 278.83 yards/game; 112th.
Notes: Baylor returns to a bowl game for the second straight year, the first time since 1991-1992. They also had their most successful season since 1986, when they also won nine games. The Bears can match their 1980 win total with a win in the Valero Alamo Bowl against Washington. QB Robert Griffin III (3998 passing yards, 644 rushing yards, 72.4% completion, and 45(!) total TDs), RB Terrence Ganaway (1347 rushing yards, 5.9/carry, and 16 rushing TDs) and WRs Kendall Wright (1572 receiving yards, 15.6/catch, and 13 receiving TDs) Terrance Williams (895 receiving yards, 16.9/catch, and 11 receiving TDs), and Tevin Reese (811 receiving yards, 17.6/catch, and 7 receiving TDs) led the Bears, offensively. When Coach Art Briles first took over in Waco, he struggled, as did previous coaches. The Bears were easily in the bottom half of the conference in recruiting until 2010. In 2010, Baylor pulled in four-4 star recruits: DB Prince Kent, DB Tyler Stephenson, OL Robert T. Griffin, and DB Ahmad Dixon. In 2011, Baylor added another 4 star: OL Spencer Drango. For their 2012 class, they have a verbal commit from one-4 star – WR Corey Coleman. The offense has been built around QB Robert Griffin III, so if he decided to leave for the pros, it would be tough for Baylor. Don’t be surprised if he stays in Waco for one more year. In 2012, Baylor will face SMU, Sam Houston State, and at Louisiana-Monroe in non-conference play.
Wins: #14 TCU (50-48); Stephen F. Austin (48-0); Rice (56-31); Iowa State* (49-26); Missouri* (42-39); @ Kansas* (31-30 OT); #5 Oklahoma (45-38); vs. Texas Tech* (66-42); #22 Texas* (48-24).
Losses: @ Kansas State* (35-36); @ #21 Texas A&M* (28-55); @ #3 Oklahoma State* (24-59).
Current Grade: A-.
Iowa State – Projected Record: (2-10); Actual Record: (6-6)
Total Offense: 392.83 yards/game; 55th.
Run Offense: 181.17 yards/game; 35th. Pass Offense: 211.70 yards/game; 75th.
Total Defense: 432.33 yards/game; 99th.
Run Defense: 195.17 yards/game; 100th. Pass Defense: 237.17 yards/game; 72nd.
Notes: The Cyclones, hands down, were the most surprising (in a good way) team in the Big XII this season. They ran the table in the non-conference schedule, with three wins by a total of eight points. Then, they went on a four game losing streak, with an average MOD of 24.25, landing at 3-4. Iowa State, however, put together a three game winning streak, including wins at Texas Tech and home to then-#2 Oklahoma State. Iowa State is in a bowl for the second time in three years, this time in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl against Rutgers. QB Jared Barnett (1178 passing yards, 50.7% completion, 6 passing TDs, but 6 INTs), RBs James White (701 rushing yards, 4.7/carry, and 8 rushing TDs) and Jeff Woody (360 rushing yards, 4.2/carry, and 5 rushing TDs), and WR Darius Reynolds (655 receiving yards, 16.0/catch, and 7 receiving TDs) have led the Cyclone offense. Iowa State Coach Paul Rhodes is one of the best in the Big XII; he really has found a way to do more with less. However, if the Cyclones want to continue making bowl games, the recruiting will need to improve, as Iowa State was second to last in the Big XII recruiting rankings last season. So far, for 2012, they are off to a better start, but still ranked near the bottom; Iowa State has zero 4 stars verbally committed. Iowa State will play Tulsa, at Iowa, and Western Illinois in non-conference play in 2012, to open the season.
Wins: Northern Iowa (20-19); Iowa (44-41 OT); @ Connecticut (24-20); @ #20 Texas Tech* (41-7); Kansas* (13-10); #2 Oklahoma State* (37-31 2OT).
Losses: #17 Texas* (14-37); @ #25 Baylor* (26-49); @ Missouri* (17-52); #17 Texas A&M* (17-33); @ #9 Oklahoma* (6-26); @ #11 Kansas State* (23-30).
Current Grade: B-.
Kansas – Projected Record: (2-10); Actual Record: (2-10)
Total Offense: 326.83 yards/game; 106th.
Run Offense: 159.42 yards/game; 60th. Pass Offense: 167.40 yards/game; 101st.
Total Defense: 516.42 yards/game; 120th.
Run Defense: 239.08 yards/game; 117th. Pass Defense: 277.33 yards/game; 108th.
Notes: Kansas has put together their worst two seasons since 1988-1989; Kansas has five wins over the past two years; of the 19 losses in the past two years, only three have been by ten points or less. The Jayhawks simply haven’t been competitive, costing Coach Turner Gill his job. Kansas was led by QB Jordan Webb (1884 passing yards, 63.7% completion, 13 passing TDs, but 12 INTs), RBs James Sims (727 rushing yards, 4.0/carry, and 9 rushing TDs) and Darrian Miller (559 rushing yards, 4.1/carry, and 4 rushing TDs), and WR D.J. Beshears (437 receiving yards, 10.9/catch, and 3 receiving TDs). Coach Gill brought in two-4 stars in 2010, leading into his first season in Lawrence, RB Brandon Bourbon and WR Keeston Terry. For this year’s class, he brought in two more 4 stars, RB Darrian Miller and ATH Anthony Pierson, putting Kansas in the middle of the Big XII recruiting rankings. To date, Kansas only has seven verbal commits, none of which are 4 stars. On December 8, 2011, Kansas University announced that Florida Offensive Coordinator (and former Notre Dame Head Coach and New England and Kansas City Offensive Coordinator) Charlie Weis would be their next head coach. The Jayhawks play South Dakota State (who knocked off Minnesota this year), Rice, and at Northern Illinois, in 2012.
Wins: McNeese State (42-24); Northern Illinois (45-42).
Losses: @ Georgia Tech (24-66); Texas Tech* (34-45); @ #6 Oklahoma State* (28-70); #3 Oklahoma* (17-47); #11 Kansas State* (21-59); @ #24 Texas* (0-43); @ Iowa State* (10-13); #25 Baylor* (30-31 OT); @ Texas A&M* (7-61); vs. Missouri* (10-24).
Current Grade: F.
Kansas State – Projected Record: (6-6); Actual Record: (10-2)
Total Offense: 343.42 yards/game; 96th.
Run Offense: 193.67 yards/game; 29th. Pass Offense: 149.80 yards/game; 109th.
Total Defense: 398.75 yards/game; 74th.
Run Defense: 131.42 yards/game; 39th. Pass Defense: 267.33 yards/game; 104th.
Notes: Kansas State is in back-to-back bowl games for the first time since 2002-2003 when, you guessed it, Bill Snyder was coaching. Coach Snyder came back to Manhattan in 2009, after Ron Prince was fired. After putting together a 7-6 season in 2010, Coach Snyder may have done one of his best coaching jobs to date, putting together a 10-2 season for Kansas State, a team that was picked in the bottom half of the Big XII. Kansas State would have been an automatic BCS qualifier, had they have defeated Oklahoma State, a game they lost by seven in Stillwater. Still Kansas State had a great season, which will end with a bowl game against #6 Arkansas, in the AT&T Cotton Bowl. QB Collin Klein (1745 passing yards, 1099 rushing yards, 57.8% completion, and 38 total TDs), RB John Hubert (933 rushing yards, 5.0/carry, and 3 rushing TDs), and WR Chris Harper (536 receiving yards, 13.7/catch, and 5 receiving TDs) led the Wildcats, offensively. Kansas State was in the middle of the pack in recruiting in 2008, a class partly put together by Coach Snyder, including four-4 stars: DT Daniel Calvin, LB Illa Pomele, WR Aubrey Quarles, and ATH Daniel Thomas. Kansas State was at the bottom of the Big XII in recruiting in 2009 and 2010; they did, however, pick up two-4 stars in 2010, DE Adam David and RB DeMarcus Robinson. 2011 was a repeat of 2009 and 2010, at the bottom. To date, Kansas State has kept out of the bottom of the Big XII recruiting rankings because of Kansas, but has zero-4 stars verbally committed for 2012. The Wildcats will play non-conference games against Miami (FL) and North Texas as well as Missouri State or at UCF.
Wins: Eastern Kentucky (10-7); Kent State (37-0); @ Miami (FL) (28-24); #15 Baylor* (36-35); Missouri* (24-17); @ Texas Tech* (41-34); @ Kansas* (59-21); Texas A&M* (53-50 4OT); @ #23 Texas* (17-13); Iowa State* (30-23).
Losses: #9 Oklahoma* (17-58); @ #3 Oklahoma State* (45-52).
Current Grade: A.
Missouri – Projected Record: (7-5); Actual Record: (7-5)
Total Offense: 472.42 yards/game; 12th.
Run Offense: 236.25 yards/game; 11th. Pass Offense: 236.20 yards/game; 57th.
Total Defense: 382.25 yards/game; 61st.
Run Defense: 135.00 yards/game; 44th. Pass Defense: 247.25 yards/game; 91st.
Notes: Missouri had numerous problems to deal with this season, among them, injuries, a new quarterback, and off the field distractions. Despite that, Missouri is in a bowl game for the seventh straight year, and eighth in the last nine seasons. The Tigers had impressive wins over two teams that were ranked at the time of their games – Texas A&M and Texas. Missouri will face North Carolina in the AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl. QB James Franklin (2733 passing yards, 63.2% completion, 33 total TDs, but 10 INTs), WRs T.J. Moe (649 receiving yards, 12.0/catch, and 4 receiving TDs) and Marcus Lucas (414 receiving yards, 18.0/catch, and 5 receiving TDs, TE Michael Egnew (484 receiving yards, 10.3/catch, and 3 receiving TDs), and RB Henry Josey (1168 rushing yards, 8.1/carry, and 9 rushing TDs) led Missouri offensively. Missouri was in the top half of the Big XII recruiting rankings in 2010, bringing in seven-4 stars, including QB Tyler Gabbert, QB James Franklin, WR Jimmie Hunt, WR Marcus Lucas, and OL Nick Demien. Last year, the Tigers dropped back a bit in the recruiting rankings, picking up only one-4 star, DT Sheldon Richardson. Missouri will play Southern Illinois, Arizona State, and at Miami (OH) in non-conference, with possibly one more out of conference game. The Tigers will join the SEC for conference play in 2012, but their games and division are yet to be announced.
Wins: Miami (OH) (17-6); Western Illinois (69-0); Iowa State* (52-17); @ #16 Texas A&M* (38-31 OT); #16 Texas* (17-5); Texas Tech* (31-27); vs. Kansas* (24-10).
Losses: @ Arizona State (30-37 OT); @ #1 Oklahoma* (28-38); @ #20 Kansas State* (17-24); #4 Oklahoma State* (24-45); @ Baylor* (39-42).
Current Grade: C+.
Oklahoma – Projected Record: (10-2); Actual Record: (9-3)
Total Offense: 532.08 yards/game; 4th.
Run Offense: 167.00 yards/game; 49th. Pass Offense: 365.10 yards/game; 4th.
Total Defense: 383.17 yards/game; 62nd.
Run Defense: 139.58 yards/game; 49th. Pass Defense: 243.58 yards/game; 83rd.
Notes: Oklahoma was a trendy pick to not only win the Big XII, but also to win the BCS National Championship. After starting the season 6-0, and an average MOV of 29.5, it looked like the Sooners would live up to those expectations. However, Oklahoma went 3-3 down the stretch with an average score of 35-30, favoring Oklahoma. The Sooners will face Iowa in the Insight Bowl. The Sooners have been led by QB Landry Jones (4302 passing yards, 63.1% completion, and 28 passing TDs, but 14 INTs), RBs Dominique Whaley (627 rushing yards, 5.5/carry, and 9 rushing TDs) Roy Finch (601 rushing yards, 5.7/carry, and 3 rushing TDs), and WRs Ryan Broyles (1157 receiving yards, 13.9/catch, and 10 receiving TDs), Jaz Reynolds (715 receiving yards, 17.4/catch, and 5 receiving TDs), and Kenny Stills (818 receiving yards, 14.1/catch, and 8 receiving TDs) led the Sooners offensively. Oklahoma has been at, or near, the top of the Big XII recruiting rankings for some time now. In 2010, Oklahoma had sixteen-4 star recruits, including, QB Blake Bell, RB Brennan Clay, RB Roy Finch, TE Austin Haywood, OL Bronson Irwin, TE Trey Millard, WR Kenny Stills, and OL Tyrus Thompson. The Sooner recruiting class for 2011 was number two in the Big XII with one-5 stars (RB Brandon Williams) and seven-4 stars (including DT Jordan Wade, TE Max Stevenson, WR Kameel Jackson, DE Nathan Hughes, and DT Marquis Anderson). To date, for 2012, the Sooners have verbal commitments from one-5 star (WR Trey Metoyer) and eight-4 stars (QB Trevor Knight, OL Ty Darlington, WR Durron Neal, RB Alex Ross, WR Sterling Shepard, LB Eric Striker, and OL John Michael McGee). Oklahoma plays a non-conference slate that will include Notre Dame and two other opponents in 2012.
Wins: Tulsa (47-14); @ #5 Florida State (23-13); Missouri* (38-28); Ball State (62-6); vs. #11 Texas* (55-17); @ Kansas* (47-17); @ #8 Kansas State* (58-17); Texas A&M* (41-25); Iowa State* (26-6).
Losses: Texas Tech* (38-41); @ #22 Baylor* (38-45); @ #3 Oklahoma State* (10-44).
Current Grade: B+.
Oklahoma State – Projected Record: (9-3); Actual Record: (11-1)
Total Offense: 557.00 yards/game; 3rd.
Run Offense: 170.75 yards/game; 43rd. Pass Offense: 386.30 yards/game; 2nd.
Total Defense: 445.67 yards/game; 107th.
Run Defense: 180.08 yards/game; 84th. Pass Defense: 265.58 yards/game; 102nd.
Notes: Oklahoma State is 2nd in the nation in average points per game, putting up an average of 49.3/game. Oklahoma State looked to be on their way to the BCS National Championship after Alabama lost to LSU. Since then, Oklahoma State dropped a crucial game in Ames, losing in double overtime. With a blowout win over rival Oklahoma in the Bedlam Game, Oklahoma State fans thought they had a shot at the BCS National Championship. Instead, Oklahoma Satte was closed out of the BCS National Championship and will play #4 Stanford in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. 28 year old QB Brandon Weeden (4328 passing yards, 72.6% completion, 34 passing TDs, but 12 INTs), WRs Justin Blackmon (1336 receiving yards, 11.8/catch, and 15 receiving TDs) and Tracy Moore (672 receiving yards, 14.9/catch, and 4 receiving TDs), and RBs Joseph Randle (1193 rushing yards, 6.0/carry, and 23 rushing TDs) and Jeremy Smith (645 rushing yards, 7.2/carry, and 9 rushing TDs) led the Pokes. Oklahoma State was in the top half of the Big XII in recruiting in 2010, with five-4 star recruits: QB Johnny Deaton, LB Shaun Lewis, DB Malcolm Murray, and RB Joseph Randle). Oklahoma State followed that up in 2011 wit two more 4 stars, RB Herschel Sims and QB J.W. Walsh. For 2012, the Cowboys already have verbal commits from three-4 stars: WR C.J. Curry, OL Donald Hawkins, and QB Wes Lunt. Oklahoma State still has to add another non-conference game, but right now will be playing at Arizona and home to Louisiana-Lafayette.
Wins: Louisiana-Lafayette (61-34); Arizona (37-14); @ Tulsa (59-33); @ #8 Texas A&M* (30-29); Kansas* (70-28); @ #22 Texas* (38-26); @ Missouri* (45-24); Baylor* (59-24); #24 Kansas State* (52-45); @ Texas Tech* (66-6); #10 Oklahoma* (44-10).
Losses: @ Iowa State* (31-37 2OT).
Current Grade: A.
Texas – Projected Record: (10-2); Actual Record: (7-5)
Total Offense: 404.00 yards/game; 45th.
Run Offense: 201.42 yards/game; 19th. Pass Offense: 193.60 yards/game; 85th.
Total Defense: 315.33 yards/game; 14th.
Run Defense: 103.67 yards/game; 11th. Pass Defense: 211.67 yards/game; 47th.
Notes: 1937-1938(!) was the last time Texas finished below 500 in conference play in back-to-back years. Last season, Texas was 3-6 in conference play, this year they were 4-5. There have been rumblings about Coach Mack Brown’s job security, especially with the rise of Baylor, Kansas State, and Oklahoma State and two straight losses to Oklahoma, including a 55-17 waxing, this season. Texas has made a bowl game this season, after failing to qualify last season. Texas will meet California in the Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl. QBs Case McCoy (1034 passing yards, 61.1% completion, and 7 passing TDs, but 4 INTs) and David Ash (937 passing yards, 56.3% completion, and 3 passing TDs, but 8 INTs), RBs Malcolm Brown (707 rushing yards, 4.4/carry, and 5 rushing TDs), Joe Bergeron (454 rushing yards, 6.6/carry, and 5 rushing TDs), and Foswhitt Whittaker (386 rushing yards, 5.8/carry, and 6 rushing TDs), and WR Mike Davis (609 receiving yards, 13.5/catch, and 1 receiving TD) led the ‘Horns. Texas has been tops in the Big XII in recruiting the past two seasons, and among the best in the country. In 2010, Texas hauled in two-5 stars (LB Jordan Hicks and DE Jackson Jeffcoat) and nineteen-4 stars (including, DT Taylor Bible, WR Mike Davis, WR John Harris, LB Tevin Jackson, WR Chris Jones, RB Traylon Shead, WR Darius Terrell, WR Darius White, and QB Connor Wood). In 2011, the Longhorns signed one-5 star (RB Malcolm Brown) and fifteen-4 stars (including, DB Quandre Diggs, TE M.J. McFarland, DE Cedric Reed, DT Quincy Russell, WR Jaxon Shipley, and ATH Mykkele Thompson). For 2012, Texas has their eyes on two-5 star (RB Johnathan Gray and WR Cayleb Jones) and twelve-4 star verbal commits (including, QB Connor Brewer, DT Malcom Brown, OL Kennedy Estele, WR Thomas Johnson, and DE Hassan Ridgeway). Texas plays Wyoming, New Mexico, and at Ole Miss in non-conference, in 2012.
Wins: Rice (34-9); BYU (17-16); @ UCLA (49-20); @ Iowa State* (37-14); Kansas* (43-0); Texas Tech* (52-20); @ Texas A&M* (27-25).
Losses: vs. #3 Oklahoma* (17-55); #6 Oklahoma State* (26-38); @ Missouri* (5-17); #13 Kansas State* (13-17); @ #17 Baylor* (24-48).
Current Grade: C-.
Texas A&M – Projected Record: (10-2); Actual Record: (6-6)
Total Offense: 497.00 yards/game; 7th.
Run Offense: 209.08 yards/game; 21st. Pass Offense: 287.90 yards/game; 18th.
Total Defense: 386.50 yards/game; 66th.
Run Defense: 106.00 yards/game; 13th. Pass Defense: 280.50 yards/game; 113th.
Notes: And with that, the Aggies are off to the SEC. Texas A&M ended the regular season with a 3-1 mark against Texas schools, with the lone loss in the finale of the Lone Star Showdown, 27-25 to Texas. Rumors are that A&M won’t be playing any Big XII schools in the near future. Considering Coach Mike Sherman’s background (among other things, offensive coordinator with the Seattle Seahawks, QB coach for the Green Bay Packers, and offensive coordinator for the Houston Texans) it wasn’t surprising how effective the Aggie offense has been, hanging an average of 39.6 points/game on opponents. Now that Coach Sherman has been axed, the Aggies will be looking for a new coach; Sherman will not coach in the bowl game. Texas A&M will meet Northwestern in the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas. QB Ryan Tannehill (3415 passing yards, 61.1% completion, 28 passing TDs, but 14 INTs), WRs Ryan Swope (1102 receiving yards, 13.6/catch, and 11 receiving TDs) and Jeff Fuller (709 receiving yards, 11.3/catch, and 5 receiving TDs), and RBs Christine Michael (899 rushing yards, 6.0/carry, and 8 rushing TDs) and Cyrus Gray (1045 rushing yards, 5.3/carry, and 12 rushing TDs) led the 12th Man. Texas A&M has done well against the Big XII, recruiting-wise. The Aggies pulled in nine-4 stars in 2010, including OL Luke Joeckel, RB D.J. Jones, RB Mister Jones, RB Ben Malena, and DT Ivan Robinson. They added three-4 stars in 2011: OL Joseph Cheek DB Howard Matthews, and DB Floyd Raven. Texas A&M will play at SMU and home to McNeese State but their other non-conference games are to be announced. The Aggies will also play rival Arkansas, but it’s unclear whether it will count in conference play.
Wins: SMU (46-14); Idaho (37-7); @ Texas Tech* (45-40); #20 Baylor* (55-28); @ Iowa State* (33-17); Kansas* (61-7).
Losses: #7 Oklahoma State* (29-30); vs. #18 Arkansas (38-42); Missouri* (31-38 OT); @ #6 Oklahoma* (25-41); @ #14 Kansas State* (50-53 4OT); #25 Texas* (25-27).
Current Grade: D+.
Texas Tech – Projected Record: (9-3); Actual Record: (5-7)
Total Offense: 470.48 yards/game; 14th.
Run Offense: 125.17 yards/game; 89th. Pass Offense: 345.40 yards/game; 6th.
Total Defense: 485.58 yards/game; 115th.
Run Defense: 258.83 yards/game; 120th. Pass Defense: 226.75 yards/game; 65th.
Notes: Texas Tech had five chances down the stretch to become bowl eligible, and blew all of them. For the first time since 1999, Texas Tech will not be in a bowl game. The Red Raiders haven’t had a losing record since 1992! QB Seth Doege (4004 passing yards, 68.5% completion, 28 passing TDs, but 10 INTs), WRs Darrin Moore (571 receiving yards, 12.1/catch, and 8 receiving TDs), Eric Ward (800 receiving yards, 9.5/catch, and 11 receiving TDs), and Alex Torres (616 receiving yards, 12.1/catch, and 4 receiving TDs), and RB Eric Stephens (565 rushing yards, 5.2/carry, and 8 rushing TDs) led the Red Raider offense. Texas Tech was in the bottom half in recruiting in the Big XII in 2010, pulling in five-4 stars: RB Delans Griffin, DB Tre’Vante Porter, DE Jackson Richards, DE Scott Smith, and QB Scotty Young. In 2011, Texas Tech shot up to the top quarter of the Big XII, pulling in six-4 stars: TE Jace Amaro, WR Derek Edwards, WR Marcus Kennard, and DE Leon Mackey. So far, 2012’s class has three-5 star verbal commits: WR Reginald David, DE Michael Starts, and WR Dominique Wheeler. Texas Tech plays at Texas State and at New Mexico next season, with a non-conference game left to be scheduled.
Wins: Texas State (50-10); @ New Mexico (59-13); Nevada (35-34); @ Kansas* (45-34); @ #3 Oklahoma* (41-38).
Losses: #24 Texas A&M* (40-45); #17 Kansas State* (34-41); Iowa State* (7-41); @ #21 Texas* (20-52); #2 Oklahoma State* (6-66); @ Missouri* (27-31); vs. #18 Baylor* (42-66).
Current Grade: D-.