This one conference has three of the latest Top Five teams in the country—Kansas, Oklahoma, and Missouri.
The Big 12 has six quarterbacks in the Top 20 in national passing efficiency—Oklahoma's Sam Bradford (No. 1), Texas Tech's Graham Harrell (3), Missouri's Chase Daniel (11), Kansas' Todd Reesing (15), Oklahoma State's Zac Robinson (18), and Texas' Colt McCoy (20). Harrell is No. 1 in individual total offense per game, while Bradford is ranked fourth nationally.
The top two receivers in the country,Texas Tech's Michael Crabtree and Kansas State's Jordy Nelson, are also in the league.
Four of the Big 12 schools are in the Top 20 in team rushing offense, starting with Oklahoma State at No. 8. All but four are in the Top 40 in total offense.
That comes at a price though.
The top of the conference isn't horrible at defense, as Kansas leads the league at 13th in total defense, and Oklahoma sits at No. 16.
But that doesn't tell the whole story. Every other team is 45th or worse out of 119 teams.
Nebraska is in the cellar at 112th in total defense and Oklahoma State and Baylor are close at 108 and 106 respectively. Texas A&M is slightly ahead at No. 88.
I refused to believe it, but the numbers are there: The Big 12 Conference is for real—at least when it comes to offense.
Now if they could only play some defense...