Which Big 12 team returns the most points?

Written by Kyle Porter
Photo Attribution: USATSI

Photo Attribution: USATSI

It’s an interesting question, isn’t it?

I got to thinking today about how many skill position players are returning for OSU this year. Basically they lost Joe Randle and the-corpse-of-Isaiah-Anderson-outside-of-the-Tech-game. And that’s it.

But surely there are also a lot of other Big 12 teams returning most of their scorers too (there are).

Let’s take a look at this table which shows how many rushing and receiving TDs were scored by each team in 2012 (sorry, kickers). Then what percentage of those TDs are returning (basically, which players are coming back). And finally, how many points per game each school returns.

(you can click the top of each column to sort).

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Some observations…

As a whole the Big 12 returns 58% of its skill position TDs next year. Or it loses 42%. So that’s a good baseline for you.

Kansas’ numbers are kind of deceiving. Jayhawk fans might look at this and say “yes, we return 96% of our points!” Other fans say “LOLZ, KU only returns 150 points, wait, KU only scored 156 points last year.”[1. To which KU fans just re-post this clip over and over and over and over…]

Two caveats I feel the need to mention because I know all of you will if I don’t. First, this doesn’t integrate at all with defensive effectiveness. It also doesn’t take into account new starters who might be more effective than the guy they’re replacing. It’s not supposed to. It’s just supposed to be an interesting look at who has what coming back.

TCU loses its two top scorers. That defense is going to need to be all-time for them to win the league.

OU only loses one of its 29 rushing TDs. Kansas loses 0 of its 19 but Kansas can’t pass[2. Of course I guess we don’t know if OU can now either.].

Poor West Virginia. They lose 42 of their 44 receiving TDs. But the Rams are going to be great, guys!

I noted here all 127 players who scored last year and whether or not they were coming back. I used spring 2013 rosters so I admit some might be transferring outside of my knowledge. Nobody that would affect the list that much though.

  • Nicholas

    Nice work, thanks.

  • Nicholas

    Finally, someone made a Jeremy Smith highlight video. Well done, matt81stearns: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I7EDFKAZEuM. Anybody know any others?

  • Evie Taylor

    We have a good chance of winning the Big 12 this year but not if our own fans want to continue to bash our coach especially the one that has done more for OSU than any other coach in the history of the football program. Nobody knows what is going on inside his head unless you are a physic and we seems to have a lot of those running around that want to be. This puts negative thoughts in the head of the football team which causes discord and a lack of unity within the team. The team and fans need to be one and not divided in order to win games. A bad egg can ruin the whole bunch. One thing I can say about Gundy is that you never hear him giving his opinion about a player in public. He only does that in private behind closed doors with the player. He never humiliates a player by screaming at him on the sidelines. He has never said a word negative about Lunt or any other player to the media.Just sayin….. How stupid is it to say you are an OSU fan and bash your own coach. Talk about shooting yourself in the foot…..

    • Please keep your comments coming, Evie. They are amazing.

  • Zinga

    Wow, that link to Wiggins is insane. This is a beast of a man amongst children.

  • Evie Taylor

    Thanks Kyle. Appreciate your blog.

  • AC

    Baylor alum here. Fun take on the offensive production of the Big 12. If there is a favorite to win the Big 12 next year, it’s OSU (despite Lunt transferring). Provided Pachall doesn’t miss a beat from where he was last year before he got arrested, TCU ‘should’ be a close second. After that it’s OU, Baylor, and UT, though I’m not nearly as sold on UT as some people seem to be. My dark horse is Tech — call me crazy but I think the Kingsbury hire will prove to be huge when the season kicks off. One question I do have though is how the QB battle is going to shake out at OSU. Also, is Lunt’s transfer really that much of a blow, given the other two QBs? Nice work, Kyle.

    • I don’t think Lunt’s transfer will hurt that much this year (other than depth), but it could affect things 3 years after, depending on who we recruit.