A different way to look at the Big 12

Written by OKC Dave
Photo Attribution: USATSI

Photo Attribution: USATSI

Over at Football Study Hall, I put together a piece on the F/+ top 25.

This is a companion piece for the Big 12. Now that the offensive and defensive F/+ ratings are being published each week, it is possible to look at each teams’ strengths and weaknesses on both sides of the ball.

In the chart below, you want to be in the upper NE corner. A team with a good offense is at the top of the chart. A team with a good defense is at the right of the chart.

The diagonal line running through the chart is the average of the teams currently in the F/+ top 25, so if you are NE of that line you are in very good company.

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Baylor stands alone in the Big 12. That isn’t new, but they used to stand alone on the other side of the chart. Now, they are one of the elite teams in the country. Their offense ranks 2nd behind only Texas A&M, and Baylor’s defense is a not-too-shabby No. 34.

This team reminds me of a few recent OSU teams, but we’ll leave that depressing thought alone for now.

OSU has the best defense in the Big 12. Both systems agree: FEI has OSU’s defense ranked No. 13 in the country and S&P+ has us at No. 11. This weekend will be a good test: Can our defense shut down a below average TCU offense?

This chart gives me some comfort. We lost to a team we had no business losing to, and while OSU is far from balanced we are still one of the better teams in the Big 12, capable of beating every team remaining on the schedule (okay, maybe not Baylor but we get the Bears at BPS, so who knows?)

  • Tom

    I still think we could beat Baylor. Refuse to believe we are so behind them that we don’t even have a chance at home.

    • J Dub

      Hey, no, don’t say that. You know Baylor has already been crowned, right? We probably shouldn’t even play the game to save ourselves some embarrassment.

      But seriously, I agree with you, and don’t quite understand all the hooplah about Baylor after having played four straight home games against nobody. Great offense? Yes. How’d that great offense work out for WVU last year? It’s waaaayy too early to start labeling Baylor as king.

  • gauchomigo

    it helps if you play Buffalo, Wofford, and SMU. Let’s see how far above the line they are after the season.

  • Jwild

    reminder: they scored 35 on a team that the pokes scored 33 on… And we know that they cant stop a running QB using the *exact same play*. Good thing we have a running QB and its at home.

  • CD

    What was the Baylor v West Virgina score again?

  • Keith

    This Big 12 will finally start when OSU, Texas, Tech and Oklahoma play one another. Until then we won’t know who will come out on top. Who have Tech and Baylor played? OU got stomped by a Texas team that was ready to roll over and OSU handled a team even OU struggled with. Texas may or may not continue to Rise. The Big 12 is ripe for the taking. One thing is for sure OSU will not get the spoils if they do not show some offensive consistency on the plus side.

  • davids

    Baylor does stand alone. What they did to Iowa State is unbelievable. I just hope the Pokes can win in Ames.