The Wacky Big 12
On some fronts, the current Big 12 looks a lot like the old WAC of the 1960s, '70s, '80s and '90s, an offensive-dominated league featuring frequent shootouts and showing little sign of quality defense.
Back then …
* Arizona State led the nation in total offense four times between 1962 and 1973. BYU was No. 1 nationally five times between 1979 and 1985.
* TCU's LaDainian Tomlinson rushed for 5,623 yards between 1997-2000.
* BYU's Steve Young threw for 351 yards and rushed for 113 in a 1983 game against Baylor.
* Fresno State's Trent Dilfer threw 271 straight passes without an interception in 1993.
* BYU's Ty Detmer (1988-91), who ranks fifth all-time in career passing yards at 15,607, is the only passer in the top 10 who didn't play after the year 2000.
And now …
* Of the NCAA's top all-time passers, three — OU's Landry Jones, Texas Tech's Graham Harrell and Texas' Colt McCoy — rank in the top nine.
* The past 11 years, six times the nation's top passer has come from the Big 12.
* Over the past five years, the Big 12 has averaged three teams in the top 10 of the NCAA statistics for total offense and scoring offense.
* In 2008, the Big 12 had five teams — OU, Texas Tech, OSU, Texas and Missouri — rank in the top 10 of both scoring offense and total offense.