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PF Offense: There Were Only Two Good Big 12 Offenses in 2017



The data has been entered, and the pivot tables have been constructed. We have collected all 1,272 drives from the 2017 Big 12 season for evaluation. Oklahoma State’s offense stinks! Okay, what do the numbers say? Oklahoma has the best offense in the history of the sport! What do the numbers say? Kansas is atrocious! Okay, we don’t need numbers to tell us that.

Anyway, we’re going to break down some of these numbers over the next few weeks, and we’re going to start with a stat I’m calling PF Offense. It basically takes how many points you’re expected to score against the Big 12 defenses you face based on the number of drives you get and meshes that with how many points you actually score.

So in 2017, the average points scored on a Big 12 drive was 2.14. That’s 324 TDs and 125 FGs on 1,236 non-zero play drives. Let’s rank the teams by their PF Offense per game. That is, if an average Big 12 offense got 10 drives in a game, it would be expected to score 21.4 points on an average Big 12 defense. This chart answers the question of how much better or worse your offense was than that.

An example: OSU got 132 offensive drives this year so its expected point value was somewhere around 282 points (132 x ~2.14, with the OSU defense taken out of the equation). It actually scored 395 points or over 100 points over the expected value. Divide that by number of games (9) and you get PF Offense. Got all that?

Team PF Offense
Oklahoma 17.2
Oklahoma State 12.3
West Virginia 1.0
Kansas State 0.7
Texas Tech -0.3
Iowa State -2.0
TCU -2.2
Baylor -3.4
Texas -9.0
Kansas -16.0

So this tells me there were only two good offenses this year: Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. And they were both elite. This seems obvious from watching games, but the data backs it up as well. There were six offenses that hovered around mediocre. There was one bad offense (Texas) and one atrocious offense (Kansas).

Here are OU and OSU’s game charts.

 OU Expected Actual PF
Baylor 37.2 49 11.8
Iowa State 14.8 31 16.2
Kansas 44.4 41 -3.4
Kansas State 25.7 41 15.3
Oklahoma State 32.8 62 29.2
TCU 16.3 36 19.7
Texas 15.9 30 14.1
Texas Tech 30.6 49 18.4
West Virginia 27.5 59 31.5

I divided the TCU numbers by two since they played two games. OU scored 72 total offensive points on 24 total offensive drives. The average expected value there was 16.3 points, and OU scored an average of 36 so the average PF was 19.7, which is incredibly impressive. Hilariously, the only team OU had a negative PF was for KU. Grab that, Baker.

Here are OSU’s numbers.

 OSU Expected Actual PF
Baylor 34.6 59 24.4
Iowa State 22.2 48 25.8
Kansas 44.4 58 13.6
Kansas State 37.3 41 3.7
Oklahoma 34.0 52 18.0
TCU 16.3 31 14.7
Texas 19.8 13 -6.8
Texas Tech 28.2 41 12.8
West Virginia 47.5 52 4.5

I maintain that performance was one of the best in the Big 12 this year. I believe it ended as the third-best PF Offensive game behind OU-WVU and OU-OSU. OSU’s only negative number was against Texas (obviously), although WVU and Kansas State weren’t exactly impressive.

As you can see, OSU wasn’t as consistent offensively as OU was throughout the year. OU had nine double-digit PF Offensive games and one negative, and OSU had six double-digits, a negative and two single-digits.

We’ll look at defense at some other time.


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