When teams like this 2013 Baylor squad or the 2010 Oregon team get off to a blistering pace, people begin to wonder how many records can they break? There are two records that seem to be unattainable.
The NCAA record for most points in a season belongs to the 2008 Oklahoma team that went 12-2, won the Big 12 championship and eventually lost to the Fighting Tebows in the BCS Championship game (24-14). That team finished with 716 points for an average of 51.1 points per game. While they own the record for most points in a season, it is the National Champion 1944 Army team that has the highest average points per game for a season with 56.
Are either of these records in jeopardy? Doubtful, but how did that '08 Sooner team put up that many points in a stout league?
vs. Chattanooga (W, 57-2)
vs. Cincinnati (W, 52-26)
@ Washington (W, 55-14)
vs. #25 TCU (W, 35-10)
Avg. thru non-conference schedule: 49.75
@ Baylor (W, 49-17)
vs. #5 Texas (L, 35-45)
vs. #16 Kansas (W, 45-31)
@ Kansas St. (W, 58-35)
vs. Nebraska (W, 62-28)
@ Texas A&M (W, 66-28)
vs. #2 Texas Tech (W, 65-21)
@ Oklahoma St. (W, 61-41)
Avg. thru conference games: 55.1
vs. #19 Missouri (W, 62-21) *Big 12 Championship Game
vs. #1 Florida (L, 14-24)
Six opponents were ranked and the scary thing is Sam Bradford and Co. actually scored more points when they got into the gauntlet that is the old Big 12. The games where they played unranked teams included destinations such as Manhattan, College Station and Stillwater, but most impressive was the five-game streak where the team scored at least 61 points every game.
Is this possible for a 2013 Baylor squad against a medicore Big 12?
Let's look at recent Baylor history for starters:
In 2011, with Heisman Winner Robert Griffin III at the helm, Baylor averaged 51.3 ppg in non-conference, 40.9 ppg in conference and 45.3 ppg overall.
In 2012, with the Bearded One at QB, the Bears once again averaged 51.3 ppg in non-conference. In conference play, the Bears averaged 41.7 ppg and 44.5 ppg overall for the season.
At this point, the 2013 Bears are a well-oiled machine that is putting up point not seen in the history of Baylor football. Through the first three games, Baylor is averaging 69.7 ppg and would need to average 50.8 ppg to break Oklahoma's scoring record despite playing in one less game. To break Army's points per game average record? 52.03.
Here are Baylor's remaining opponents with their scoring defense rank in parentheses.
West Virginia (35)
Kansas St. (48)
Iowa St. (66)
Texas Tech (10)
Oklahoma St. (28)
Anybody that has watched the first three games knows that Baylor could've hung one hundred points on any of their opponents. Now, they would need to score about 10 points more per conference game than either of the last two seasons. Can they do it?
What do you think?