- Brandon Chatmon, ESPN Staff Writer
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Another edition of interesting stats and tidbits thanks to SID departments around the Big 12 region and ESPN Stats and Information. Did you know …
Baylor is 9-0 for the first time in program history.
The Bears offense leads the NCAA in points scored (61.2), yards (684.8), yards per play (8.52) and yards per pass attempt (12.49).
The Bears defense has 12 interceptions and has allowed just 13 passing touchdowns.
BU’s starting defense has allowed 14 touchdowns in nine games.
Baylor has outscored opponents 354-76 in the first half of nine games. Their average halftime score is 39.3 to 6.4.
Baylor’s No. 3 AP ranking is its highest since 1953 when it was No. 3 as well.
BU in ninth in the country and No. 1 in the Big 12 with 300.3 rushing yards per game.
BU ranks No. 7 nationally and No. 1 in the Big 12 in scoring defense, allowing 17.4 points per game.
BU ranks No. 11 nationally and No. 1 in the Big 12 in total defense, allowing 322.4 yards per outing.
Baylor is looking to win its third straight Big 12 road game for the first time ever.
Baylor ranks No. 2 nationally and No. 1 in the Big 12 with 8.6 tackles for loss per game.
Baylor has scored touchdowns on 70 of 129 drives (54.2 percent), including 60 touchdowns on 100 drives by its starting offense.
John Morris, the voice of the Bears, will call his 300th Baylor football game on Saturday.
Bears quarterback Bryce Petty ranks No. 3 nationally and leads the Big 12 with a 91.9 adjusted QBR (on a scale of 100 with 50 being average).
Petty leads the nation in passing yards per attempt (12.84) and passing yards per completion (19.68).
BU receiver Antawn Goodley leads the Big 12 with 1,075 receiving yards.
Oklahoma State has won 16 of its last 17 home games including eight straight in Boone Pickens Stadium.
This week will be the fourth time OSU has hosted ESPN’s College GameDay, the first time for a game other than its annual Bedlam tilt against Oklahoma and the first since 2010.
OSU has scored 20 or more points in 49 straight games.
Since 2005, OSU has won 18 straight games when the Cowboys have not committed a turnover.
OSU is 15-2 in the Cowboys last 17 games against Baylor.
The Cowboys have allowed eight sacks this season, which leads the league.
OSU coach Mike Gundy, assistant coaches Kasey Dunn and Joe Wickline coached at Baylor during their coaching careers. Gundy in 1996 as the Bears’ quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator, Dunn in 2007 as receivers’ coach and Wickline in 1997-98 as offensive line coach.
OSU leads the nation with 19 interceptions.
The Cowboys defense leads the Big 12 in third down conversion percentage (32 percent) and opponent adjusted QBR at 22.1.
OSU’s defense has held opposing offenses to three yards or less on 185 of 343 first-down plays this season (53.9 percent of the time).
OSU ranks among the top 10 nationally in explosive plays allowed this season. The Cowboys have allowed 30 plays of 20 yards or more in 10 games this season, tied for ninth nationally with Bowling Green and Louisville.
Kansas State’s 2013 senior class is poised to become the first class since 2003 to appear in four straight bowl games.
KSU has outscored opponents 62-17 in the fourth quarter of the Wildcats’ last four games and the Wildcats averaged 6.6 yards per play during that span.
K-State has quietly rattled off four straight wins to improve to 6-4 on the season. The Wildcats forced just six turnovers and were minus-9 in turnover margin during their first six games. But during the four game win streak, K-State has forced 11 turnovers, and are plus-6 in TO margin.
The Wildcats are 144-27 when scoring first since 1990, including 11-1 in the past two seasons.
KSU is 27-6 in Manhattan, Kan., since Bill Snyder returned in 2009.
KSU defensive end Ryan Mueller can tie the single-season school record with a sack against Oklahoma on Saturday. He also needs two tackles for loss to tie for 10th in a single season in school history.
Jack Cantele's game-winning 41-yard field goal was KSU’s first game-winning field goal since Jim Jackson hit a 17-yarder to beat Colorado on Nov. 22, 1980.
Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops can become the Sooners’ all-time winningest coach with a victory on Saturday. He’s currently tied at 157 career wins with Barry Switzer.
Stoops is 7-2 against Bill Snyder and is 4-0 in Manhattan.
OU’s seniors can earn their sixth Big 12 win for the fourth time in their careers against KSU.
OU has averaged 287.2 rushing yards in five Big 12 wins this season.
OU has four kick returns for touchdowns this season, including Jalen Saunders' 91-yard punt return for a score against Iowa State.
OU has won nine straight games against teams it suffered a loss against during the previous season.
Kansas is looking for its first Big 12 road win since 2008 when they travel to Ames, Iowa, to play ISU.
Since James Sims' freshman season in 2010, no Big 12 back has rushed for more yards. He has 3,396 rushing yards during that span.
KU is 7-7-1 in 15 games played on Nov. 23, including a 396-yard rushing performance from Tony Sands, the best single-game rushing performance in program history.
KU leads the series against ISU in Ames, 22-21-3.
ISU is looking to win its fourth straight game against Kansas for the first time since 1986-89.
ISU senior safety Jacques Washington is 10 tackles away from reaching the 300-career tackle mark. Only two Cyclones defensive backs have achieved the feat thus far, Mark DouBrava (334) and Mike Schwartz (319).
ISU has started one senior on offense on two separate occasions this season (Texas Tech, Oklahoma).
ISU linebacker Jeremiah George is averaging 12.1 tackles per game, in Big 12 play only, which leads the league.
Baylor will look to win its first road game against an AP-ranked opponent since November 2, 1991 at Arkansas (36 straight losses). Oklahoma State is 11th in the AP poll this week. Its average margin of defeat is 26.3 points.
OSU against Baylor is just the fourth Big 12 matchup between top-10 teams in the BCS since 2009. If recent history is any indicator, expect a blowout. Each of the previous three games were decided by at least 29 points.
This will be the first Big 12 game between two BCS top-ten teams -- neither of whom are Oklahoma or Texas -- since second-ranked Texas Tech beat ninth-ranked Oklahoma State 56-20 back in 2008.
Both of these teams have a knack for scoring in non-conventional ways. Baylor has seven non-offensive TD this season, tied for most in the FBS (North Texas, Florida State also have seven). Oklahoma State has six. The Cowboys have 24 non-offensive TD since 2010, second in the FBS in that span (Oregon, 26).
Bryce Petty is completing 50 percent of his passes thrown 20 yards or longer, a higher completion percentage than former Baylor quarterbacks Robert Griffin III in 2011 (48.5 percent) and Nick Florence in 2012 (42.5 percent). He has at least three completions of this distance in each of his past seven games, the longest streak for any player in the last three seasons.
Petty will face an Oklahoma State defense that has allowed the second-lowest completion percentage on throws of this distance among AQ conference schools.
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