Sunday, March 24, 2019

Big 12 Week 12 Football Preview

By: Kin Kinsley – Senior Writer

Twitter: @kin_BGS


It’s a light Big 12 schedule Saturday, with just three game.  Only one conference Top 25 team is in action.


#4 TCU (8-1) at Kansas (3-6)

3:00pm ET – Fox Sports 1

Line – TCU -27.5



Offensive points per game:  47.2

Defensive points per game:  22.3

Offensive yards per game:  550.3

Rushing yards per game:  227.4

Passing yards per game:  322.9

Defensive yards per game:  374.4

Rushing yards allowed per game:  128.3

Passing yards allowed per game:  246.1



Offensive points per game:  18.2

Defensive points per game:  30.0

Offensive yards per game:  352.4

Rushing yards per game:  144.7

Passing yards per game:  207.8

Defensive yards per game:  435.7

Rushing yards allowed per game:  186.6

Passing yards allowed per game:  249.1


What you need to know:

  • TCU moved into the number four spot in this week’s College Football Playoff poll.
  • The Horned Frogs have the nation’s most improved offense in both total yards and scoring from last season.
  • The Frog offense is third in the country in both scoring (47.2) and total offense (550.3 yards per game).
  • Their win over Kansas State on Saturday was their fourth of the season over a ranked opponent.
  • TCU’s defense leads the Big 12 in six statistical categories.
  • Aaron Green’s 171-yard rushing game against Kansas State jumped him to TCU’s leading rusher.  He has rushed for 549 yards and four touchdowns on the season.  Boykin is the second leading rusher with 546 yards.
  • TCU has seven receivers with over 100 yards on the season and ten different players have caught touchdown passes.
  • Kansas racked up 514 yards of offense last week against Iowa State, the most in a game for the Jayhawks since early in the 2011 season.
  • Freshman running back Corey Avery ran for a career-high 103 yards last week and leads the Jayhawks with 538 yards and four scores on the ground.
  • Jimmy Mundine’s 400 receiving yards are most among tight ends in the Big 12.  Of his 33 receptions, 24 have gone for first downs.
  • Michael Cummings’ 24 completions against Iowa State on Saturday was a career high.  He threw for 278 yards and one score on the day.
  • Linebacker Ben Heeney leads the Big 12 with 11.2 tackles per game and is the only player in the Big 12 with over 100 tackles on the season.
  • Senior defensive back JaCorey Shepherd leads the conference with 1.67 passes defended per game.  He has broken up 13 passes (tied for the Big 12 lead) and intercepted two passes.
  • Linebacker Michael Reynolds leads the Big 12 in fumbles forced (0.56 per game), is tied for second in sacks (0.67/game) and tied for third in tackles for loss (1.39/game).

TCU game notes.

Kansas game notes.



Oklahoma (6-3) at Texas Tech (3-6)

3:30pm ET – ESPN



Offensive points per game:  38.4

Defensive points per game:  24.7

Offensive yards per game:  475.1

Rushing yards per game:  225.0

Passing yards per game:  250.1

Defensive yards per game: 401.4

Rushing yards allowed per game:  121.2

Passing yards allowed per game:  280.2


Texas Tech:

Offensive points per game:  28.4

Defensive points per game:  41.6

Offensive yards per game:  472.3

Rushing yards per game:  152.0

Passing yards per game:  320.3

Defensive yards per game:  503.1

Rushing yards allowed per game:  246.6

Passing yards allowed per game:  256.6


What you need to know:

  • Both teams are coming off losses.
  • The Sooners are 32-0 since the start of the 2000 season in games following a loss.
  • Oklahoma has won three of the last four games in the series.
  • Oklahoma’s rushing offense is third in the Big 12 and Tech’s rush defense is worst in the conference.
  • Sooner running back Samaje Perine is third in the Big 12 with 87.6 rushing yards per game and second with 11 rushing touchdowns.
  • Coach Bob Stoops announced Thursday that quarterback Trevor Knight will not play against Texas Tech.
  • Freshman Cody Thomas will line up under center for the Sooners.  He has played in four games this season, completing 7-of-16 passes with one interception.
  • Keith Ford returned to action last week, rushing tight times for 40 yards in his first action since September.
  • Leading receiver Sterling Shepard did not play against Baylor and no status on his availability for Saturday has been released.
  • Linebacker Dominique Easley registered 18 tackles against Baylor.  He is sixth in the Big 12 with 8.9 tackles a game.
  • Oklahoma’s pass defense is second worth in the Big 12 (280.2 yards per game) and Tech’s pass offense is third in the conference with 320.3 yards per game and second with 26 passing touchdowns.
  • Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury has not said much other than he hopes his top two quarterbacks (Davis Webb and Patrick Mahomes) are available Saturday.  If neither can go, Vincent Testaverde would make the start.
  • Webb leads the Big 12 with 317.4 passing yards per game.  He also leads the conference in touchdowns passes (24) and interceptions (13).   He is second in total offense (319.4).
  • DeAndre Washington is second in the Big 12 with 88.4 rushing yards a game.  If he breaks the 1,000-yard mark, he would be the first Raider to do so since Ricky Williams in 1998.  His 5.6 yards per carry average is second among the top ten Big 12 rushers.
  • Jakeem Grant’s 78.8 receiving yards per game is ninth in the conference.  He has scored five touchdowns on the season.  Brad Marquez leads the team with seven touchdown passes.

Oklahoma game notes.

Texas Tech game notes.



Texas (5-5) at Oklahoma State (5-4)

7:30pm ET – FOX

Line – Texas -2.5



Offensive points per game:  23.3

Defensive points per game:  22.4

Offensive yards per game:  360.6

Rushing yards per game:  156.9

Passing yards per game:  203.7

Defensive yards per game:  362.0

Rushing yards allowed per game:  177.6

Passing yards allowed per game:  184.4


Oklahoma State:

Offensive points per game:  28.4

Defensive points per game:  30.2

Offensive yards per game:  386.4

Rushing yards per game:  151.3

Passing yards per game:  235.1

Defensive yards per game:  423.8

Rushing yards allowed per game:  141.1

Passing yards allowed per game:  282.7


What you need to know:

  • The Longhorn rushing duo of Malcolm Brown and Johnathan Gray combined for 191 yards and three touchdowns on the ground in their win over West Virginia. It was the team’s second best rushing performance of the season.
  • Brown’s 62.3 yards per game is fifth in the conference.
  • Texas is averaging over 400 yards of offense in the last five games.  They averaged just 319 yards before.
  • Jordan Hicks (9.0) and Steve Edmond (8.9) are fourth and fifth in the Big 12 in tackles.
  • The Texas pass defense is best in the conference, allowing just 184.4 yards a game.  That is good for 14th nationally.
  • Overall, the Longhorn defense is third in the conference and 39th nationally, allowing 362.0 yards a game.
  • Their 3.0 sacks per game is 19th nationally and second in the Big 12.
  • Oklahoma State running back Desmond Roland is fourth in the conference, averaging 73.1 rushing yards per game.  He has scored seven times on the ground.
  • Tyreek Hill is second in the Big 12 with 154.6 all-purpose yards a game and ranks tenth nationally.  He has returned two kickoffs for touchdowns and average 5.3 yards per carry.  He has also timed as one of the fastest players in college football.
  • Defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah has registered 14.5 tackles for loss on the season, ranking first in the conference and fourth nationally among defensive linemen.  He also leads the Big 12 and is fifth nationally among defensive linemen with nine sacks.
  • The Cowboy pass defense is worst in the Big 12, giving up 282.7 yards a game.  That number is 112th nationally.

Texas game notes.

Oklahoma State game notes.



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