Big 12 Football 2014 Season in Review

by Dan M | Posted on Saturday, February 28th, 2015


Seventy percent of Big 12 teams went bowling with two playing in College Football Playoff New Year’s bowls.
The Big 12 has had at least seven bowl teams in 15 of the last 17 seasons.
Big 12 teams played in four of the top 10 attended bowls (3. Cotton, 4. Texas, 6. Peach and 7. Alamo). Two of those (Texas and Peach) were also in the top 10 for percentage of capacity.
The Big 12 was the only of the five power conferences that didn’t face a bowl opponent outside of the peer leagues.
A total of 53 percent (16-of-30) of the Big 12’s non-conference games were against foes that participated in bowls, including two in the CFP semifinals.
Next season, 14 non-conference games will be against teams that played in 2014 bowl games, with eight of those teams picking up bowl wins. A total of 16 games will be against teams that played in postseason.
Three of 2015 non-league opponents are ranked in ESPN’s “way too early Top 25”.
Big 12 teams will play 21 teams in 2015 non-conference play who finished .500 or better in 2014.
With its four consensus All-America selections in 2014, the Big 12 has had 106 honorees since 1996 to place second among all leagues, and just two selections off the top spot.
Over the last six seasons, the Big 12 has had six different teams – 60 percent of its membership – claim a conference trophy in football. No other peer conference has had as many different champions since 09.
In each season since round-robin play began, the Big 12 championship has come down to the final regular season games on “Championship Saturday”.
Just three Big 12 teams (Baylor, K-State, West Virginia) started a senior quarterback consistently throughout the 2014 season. Additionally, three squads (Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech) started a freshman due to injury in their final regular season games.
The Big 12 is the only one of the peer conferences in which every team plays each other. ACC, Big Ten and SEC programs miss five league members, while Pac-12 squads do not play two of their conference brethren.


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