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Week 6 Advanced Stats: The Big 12 Conference

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Our weekly look at how the Big 12 is shaping up according to FootballOutsiders' advanced statistics.

David Purdy

A week ago, I started back up my regular feature focusing on how the Big 12 Conference stacks up in terms of FootballOutsiders' advanced statistics.  We're back again this week with updated statistics, and after all the feedback, I've decided to break things up again between overall, offensive, and defensive statistics.  I haven't quite worked out how to do sortable columns in the SB Nation editor, so that will have to wait.

Here are the charts. Again, all numbers are courtesy of the metrics at FootballOutsiders.com. Compare to last week's chart to see how things have changed.

Big 12 Conference by F/+

2013 RANKS Oklahoma Baylor
TCU
West Virginia
Oklahoma State Kansas State
Texas Iowa State Texas Tech Kansas
OVERALL:
F+/ S&P+ /FEI
4 / 3 / 7
9 / 6 / 16 18 / 17 / 20
21 / 12 / 41
25 / 30 / 21
28 / 29 / 30
54 / 50 / 55 62 / 59 / 59
67 / 61 / 73 95 / 99 / 93
FEI Special Teams
6 68 21 115 51 61 113
49 35 67
FPA 13 10
40 39 46 96 86 89 71 84

1. Oklahoma Sooners
2. Baylor Bears
3. TCU Horned Frogs
4. West Virginia Mountaineers
5. Oklahoma State Cowboys
6. Kansas State Wildcats
7. Texas Longhorns
8. Iowa St. Cyclones
9. Texas Tech Red Raiders
10. Kansas Jayhawks

Alabama's rise in the national rankings coincides with that of WVU in our conference rankings, since they are the only Big 12 team to have played the Crimson Tide this season.  The same goes for OSU and FSU's fall, since the Cowboys played the Seminoles in Week 1.  Once again, the Top 2 in our conference rankings were pretty easy to predict, but after that, things are starting to get really interesting.  TCU is easily the most improved team in the conference, and they play OU and Baylor over the next two weeks.  Baylor draws WVU in Morgantown two weeks from Saturday.

Big 12 Offenses

Offensive Categories
OU Baylor
WVU
TCU
KSU TT OSU
ISU
UT KU
F/+ Rk
-- --
-- --
--
--
--
--
-- ---
FEI Rk 7
9
59
46
32
38
43
64
104
123
FD Rk 38
12 21
5
78 80

115

104
82 98
AY Rk 17
3
33 15
24
46
78
93
110
117
Ex Rk 12
17
51
94
20 41
14
109
122
100
Me Rk 99
7 54
76
46
109
87
13
63
73
Va Rk 16
8
34
23 15
65
54
100
106
120
S&P+ Rk
9
18
4
20
46 42
39
34 73
120
Success Rate
22
6 52
1 16
31
87
84
86
122
ISOPPP
11 2
62
67
64
45

4

122
112
55
Std. Downs S&P Rk 11
2
56 6
18
39
62
109 87
123
Pass. Downs S&P Rk 24 1 59 26 51
36
4
105
96
65
Rushing S&P Rk 8 11
105
1
15
37
75 119
87
109
Passing S&P Rk 34
1
29
32
52
36
14
89 100
117

1. OU (9+7)/2= 8
2. Baylor (18+9)/2= 13.5
3. WVU (4+59)/2= 31.5
4. TCU (20+46)/2= 33
5. KSU (46+32)/2= 39
6. TT (42+38)/2= 40
7. OSU (39+43)/2= 41
8. ISU (34+64)/2= 49
9. UT (73+104)/2= 88.5
10. KU (120+123)/2= 121.5

The clump we had last week around 40 in the combined national rankings is back again, although WVU seems to have left the group behind a bit and risen into the 30s, where TCU joins them.  Tech has fallen from 3rd to 6th, probably because of what A&M did to their co-opponent, Arkansas.  There will be a lot of movement in these numbers over the next few weeks.  There always is.

The Big 12 has the #1 rushing and passing offenses by S&P in TCU and Baylor.  That's something.

Big 12 Defenses

Defensive Categories
BU OU TCU
UT KSU OSU KU
WVU
TT ISU
F/+ Rk
-- --
-- --
--
--
--
--
-- ---
FEI Rk 5
7 1
6
41
50
40
92 112
113
FD Rk 1
41 11 31
13 42

64

40
69 70
AY Rk 2
11 3 19
18 41
46
73
101
85
Ex Rk 18
34
1
44
9 93
68
82
112
98
Me Rk 11
24 25
69
83
9
44
93
127
120
Va Rk 4 11
3
22 6
37
12
99
112
82
S&P+ Rk
3
5
22 37
16 21
60
23 88
99
Success Rate
1
5 4
56 31
21
17
66
110 127
ISOPPP
4 76 3
7 16
107

94

105 69
49
Std. Downs S&P Rk 1
8
4 32 12
30 35
103 96
126
Pass. Downs S&P Rk 3 22 4 37 30
62
11
20
118
61
Rushing S&P Rk 1 6
8
84 9
16
29 95
122
126
Passing S&P Rk 2
16 4
9
46
50
26
54 59
101

1. Baylor (5+3)/2= 4
2. OU (7+5)/2= 6
3. TCU (1+22)/2= 11.5
4. UT (6+37)/2= 21.5
5. KSU (41+16)/2= 28.5
6. OSU (50+21)/2= 35.5
7. KU (40+60)/2= 50
8. WVU (92+23)/2= 62
9. TT (112+88)/2= 100
10. ISU (113+99)/2 = 106

Not a lot of separation at the top of our defensive rankings, with good arguments to be made that any of the three (or four) top teams could actually be the best.  I'm not at all surprised to see TCU and OSU so high in the explosive drive rankings; they've both been doing that for years.  S&P+ and FEI do not agree in any way about WVU's defense, and I don't know what to make of that.

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This took long enough that I'm going to once again forgo the team-by-team notes as part of this post.  I will say, though, that OU-TCU takes on an entirely new look when you see that it's the #1 and #3 Big 12 teams, generally, and the #2 and #3 defenses, specifically.  BU-OU looks like a mismatch by comparison, mostly because UT's offense is the second-worst in the conference.