Monday, November 26, 2007

The Big 12 is the New Pac-10

Remember way back when (as in, like, two months ago) when everyone (as in me) clowned Pac-10 football for having no defense and basketball scores every Saturday? Well, it occurred to me as I watched Missouri and Kansas sling the ball all over the yard for 64 total points Saturday night that the “basketball on grass” style football has moved a few hundred miles east and infested the Big 12.

Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy a good 36-28 game every once and a while, but would it kill the teams in that conference to mix in some defense occasionally just to make things interesting? Consider this:

Colorado scored 41 second half points to edge out Nebraska 65-51 on Friday. That is the second time that the Buffs have allowed 50+ points this month (they lost to Mizzou 55-10 on November 3rd)

Texas Tech, the team that introduced us to basketball on grass, lost to Oklahoma State 49-45 on September 22nd, then hung 75 on Northwestern State the next week, an lost to Texas two weeks ago 59-43.

The OK State Cowboys light up the scoreboard by scoring 33 points per game. How, you ask, are they only 6-6 then? Well, they give up 29 points per game so they are scoring that much just to keep up!

Kansas, who averages an astronomical 44 points per game, has scored over 50 points five times this year! They have scored over 60 twice! They put 76 on Nebraska for crying out loud! In fact, the 28 they scored against Mizzou was the fewest points they have scored all month by almost 20!!

Oklahoma, who also scores around 44 per game, got out of the gates with a 79-10 win in week one, then put up 51, 54, and 62 to round out the month of September.

Poor Baylor. The Bears were 0-8 in conference allowing 37 points per game. They have not allowed fewer than 30 since week four!

Texas, who scores a relatively modest 36 per game, has flirted with 60 three times this year, putting 58 on Rice, 56 on Iowa State, and 59 on Texas Tech.

Missouri, who could win the conference title while giving up 23 points per game, had scored 41, 42, 55, 40, and 49 points in their last five games heading into last week. Its really a shame they could only muster 36 against Kansas.

And don’t even get me started on Nebraska. Their defense provides about as much resistance as a stiff wind. Granted, I grew up on Big Ten Football, where the phrase “three yards and a cloud of dust” was made famous. So I may be a bit biased. But it should not be this easy to score 40, 50, 60, or even 70 points on a D-1 college football team playing any sort of defense.

1 comment:

NFL Adam said...

I get what you are saying. But look at the way Arkansas beat LSU, by spreading the ball out and going for it.