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2013 CFN Final Big 12 Rankings & Roundup
Posted Jan 13, 2014

Recapping, analyzing and grading the 2013 Big 12 season.

CFN 2013 Final Season Rankings | The Top Ten
11 to 25 | 26 to 50 | 51 to 75 | 76 to 100 | Bottom 25
By Conference ACC | AAC | Big Ten | Big 12 | C-USA
Independents | MAC | M-West | Pac-12 | SEC | Sun Belt

The Formula's Components: 
1. Wins. - If you win, everything else falls into place. Each win counts as 1.
2. Quality Wins - The number of wins over teams that finished with a winning record. Each win counts as 1.
3. Elite Wins - The number of wins over teams that finished with two losses or fewer. Each win counts as 1 with a road win over an Elite team getting an extra 0.5. Also counting as 1 is a road win over a team that finished with three losses or fewer (but the extra 0.5 isn't added). A win over a team that finishes with three losses in a bowl game counts as one.
4. Bad Loss - The number of losses to teams that finished with three wins or fewer or a loss to a FCS (DI-AA) team. Each loss counts as minus-1. Take away an additional 0.5 for a Bad Loss at home.
5. Bad Win - The number of wins to teams that finished with three wins or fewer, or a win over a D-IAA team. Each win counts as minus 0.25. 
6. Elite Loss - The number of losses to teams that finished with two losses or fewer. Each loss counts as 0.25.
7. Point Differential - Points for minus points against divided by 100. 
8. Winning Percentage - To take losses into account, winning percentage is in the mix. Total wins is the tie-breaker followed by winning percentage.

Remember, these rankings are based on how good the seasons were overall, and NOT based on how good the team might have been. Number next to team is the final overall season ranking.

8. Baylor (11-2)
2013 CFN Season Score: 21.60
2013 CFN Preview Preseason Ranking: 37
2012 CFN Season Ranking: 22

Forgetting about the clunker against Oklahoma State and the Fiesta Bowl loss to UCF, remember, Baylor actually won the Big 12 championship. Margin of victory was a big deal in the ranking, with 681 points put up on the board making up for a few problems in other categories. The Bears put up 63 points or more six times, hit the 70-point mark four times, and only dipped under 40 points three times. With double-digit margin wins over Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas State and almost everyone else on the slate, this was a dangerous team on both sides of the ball that proved itself time and again before hitting the wall in Stillwater.

11. Oklahoma State (10-3)
2013 CFN Season Score: 19.79
2013 CFN Preview Preseason Ranking: 16
2012 CFN Season Ranking: 29

Didn’t Oklahoma have a better overall year than Oklahoma State? In the end, yeah, but the Cowboys finishes with more quality wins and finished slightly ahead by a razor-thin margin because of point differential. OSU destroyed the same Baylor team that blew out the Sooners, and also crushed the Texas team that won the Red River Rivalry. The West Virginia loss was unacceptable, and OU beat its SEC opponents in a bowl game while OSU lost a thriller to Missouri, but up until the defense failed to come up with a stop against Blake 12. Oklahoma (11-2)
2013 CFN Season Score: 19.75
2013 CFN Preview Preseason Ranking: 14
2012 CFN Season Ranking: 17

It’s amazing how one game and one drive can change around an entire season. With Baylor, Texas and Oklahoma State all in the hunt for the Big 12 title, Oklahoma was an afterthought in the final weekend, and then Blake Bell struck against the Cowboys and everything changed. One butt-kicking of Alabama later, and the campaign now will be remembered for being something special despite double-digit point losses to Texas and Baylor. Lost in the shuffle were nice wins over Oklahoma and Texas Tech to go along with one of the most fun games of the year against Kansas State, but even though program is used to competing for Big 12 titles, this appears to have been a breakthrough season.

41. Texas (8-5)
2013 CFN Season Score: 12.82
2013 CFN Preview Preseason Ranking: 5
2012 CFN Season Ranking: 24

The Longhorns might have turned the ship around midseason, and they might have had a shot at the Big 12 title in the final week, and they might have rocked Oklahoma, but they were supposed to be far, far better, and weren’t. They lost three of their last four games in ugly fashion, getting blown away by Oklahoma State, Baylor and Oregon. While those three teams might be great, Texas is Texas – it wasn’t even competitive in those losses. All five defeats were by 19 points or more, and outside of the win over OU, the Texas Tech and Kansas State victories were the only positive moments.

52. Kansas State (8-5)
2013 CFN Season Score: 11.21
2013 CFN Preview Preseason Ranking: 36
2012 CFN Season Ranking: 7

It might not have been a top ten finish like 2012, but closing out with a blowout win over Michigan in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl helped cap off a great second half of the season, winning seven of the final eight games with the lone loss a wild shootout with Oklahoma. North Dakota State might have been amazing, but the 24-21 opener still counts as a bad loss at home, dragging the ranking down around ten spots. It would’ve been nice if there was a truly great win, but 8-5 isn’t bad in a rebuilding year and after starting out 2-4.

59. Texas Tech (8-5)
2013 CFN Season Score: 10.05
2013 CFN Preview Preseason Ranking: 43
2012 CFN Season Ranking: 52

It was a tale of two seasons for new head man Kliff Kingsbury, starting out 7-0 before losing five straight. However, all’s well that ends with a Holiday Bowl win, blowing away Arizona State 37-23. There weren’t any good wins before that, failing to beat anyone else that finished with a winning record, while struggling once the schedule got good in the second half of the season. There were chances against the good teams, but only the eight-point loss to Oklahoma was closer than 18 points.

90. TCU (4-8)
2013 CFN Season Score: 4.06
2013 CFN Preview Preseason Ranking: 20
2012 CFN Season Ranking: 46

It’s been a rough ride for the Horned Frogs since joining the Big 12, and losing five of the final six games didn’t help with a win over a horrible Iowa State team the lone bright spot. Three of the four victories were bad wins, with only the 48-17 blasting of SMU coming against a team that finished with more than three wins. The last three losses were all by three points each, including battles with Kansas State and Baylor, to go along with a 20-17 loss to Oklahoma earlier in the season. Throw in games TCU was in until late against LSU and Texas Tech, and nothing went right.

98. West Virginia (4-8)
2013 CFN Season Score: 1.99
2013 CFN Preview Preseason Ranking: 52
2012 CFN Season Ranking: 59

In hindsight, the 30-21 win over Oklahoma State was one of the biggest shockers of the 2013 season, losing six of the final seven games of the Big 12 season with the only win coming against TCU. The big problem? The Geno Smith-less offense scored 197 fewer points and the defense didn’t make a massive enough improvement to help out. The season ranking went into the tank after bad losses to Kansas and Iowa State to close out the regular season. The Mountaineers are 5-14 in their last 19 games against FBS teams.

104. Kansas (3-9)
2013 CFN Season Score: 0.52
2013 CFN Preview Preseason Ranking: 69
2012 CFN Season Ranking: 114

After losing a slew of close games in 2012, Kansas was supposed to be on the right side of more games in the second year of the Charlie Weis era. Instead, after a 2-1 start, the offense crashed and the defense couldn’t pick up the slack with only a win over West Virginia the rest of the way. The program is 2-40 in its last 42 Big 12 games, and unlike last year, this time around, there weren’t any close losses getting blasted by double digits except for the nine point loss to Rice.

105. Iowa State (3-9)
2013 CFN Season Score: 0.41
2013 CFN Preview Preseason Ranking: 68
2012 CFN Season Ranking: 61

It seems like every year, Iowa State comes up with a few shocking wins it shouldn’t to get into bowl contention. It had one on the doorstep against Texas, but a bad call kept the season from taking a big turn early on. Instead, it sparked a run of seven straight losses with a 71-7 squeaker to Baylor and a 41-7 nail-biter against Kansas State along the way. An opening day loss at home to Northern Iowa started things off with a thud, but the Cyclones closes well with the offense ripping up Kansas and West Virginia.

Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year
QB Bryce Petty, Baylor – With 30 touchdown passes, just two interceptions and a Big 12 championship, he belonged among the Heisman finalists. Instead, he has to settle for being the best player in the conference. How good was he? In the pass-happy, offensive conference, no one else had more than 16 touchdown passes and no one came close to hitting the 2,500-yard mark. Petty threw for 3,844 yards.

Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year
DE Jackson Jeffcoat, Texas – The one-time super-recruit stayed healthy and played up to his tremendous billing, leading the league with 12 sacks and finishing second with 18 tackles for loss. The Longhorn run defense might have gone bye-bye in key moments, especially against the run, but Jeffcoat was dominant in conference play including five sacks in his final two games against Texas Tech and Baylor. With 76 stops including 21 in the last two outings, he did his share against the run, too.

3 Biggest Surprises … besides Auburn playing in the BCS championship and Missouri getting to the SEC title game
1. Baylor. It seems so obvious now, but this hardly looked like a national title contender coming into the season. The Bears came up with silly offensive numbers and became a must-see storyline up until the clunker against Oklahoma State, but they were going to get into the BCS no matter what happened in the Oklahoma-Oklahoma State win. It wasn’t all that long ago that the program was simply searching for a win in the Big 12.
2. West Virginia 30, Oklahoma State 21. The Mountaineers had just been skunked by Maryland 37-0 and appeared to be outmatched and outgunned by a Cowboy team that wasn’t quite playing up to snuff, but was far superior. Clint Trickett went off, leading West Virginia to the stunner that made OSU an afterthought in the national title chase. The next week the Mountaineers were whacked by Baylor 73-42 and won just one game the rest of the way. OSU used the loss as a catalyst to a strong year, rolling through the rest of the schedule up until …
3. Blake Bell’s final drive. Up 24-20 late, Oklahoma State appeared to have an 11-1 season and a trip to the Fiesta Bowl all wrapped up, but Bell came up with a scoring drive that might have jump-started his career. Cool and calm in the final two minutes, Bell spread the ball around to keep the offense moving, with a 13-yard pass to Jalen Saunders and a ten-yarder to Brennan Clay to get the offense into position down to the Oklahoma State seven, and then came the seven-yarder to Saunders to break the hearts of the stunned OSU fans. The win ended up putting Baylor in the Fiesta and propelled OU to the Sugar.

3 Biggest Disappointments
1. Texas. Mack Brown’s final season should’ve at least been 10-2 instead of 8-4. There was no excuse with 19 returning starters, depth, talent and all the upside to play for the BCS championship, and at the very least be the far-and-away favorite to win the Big 12. Instead, the national title dream was obliterated early on by Taysom Hill and a BYU offense that ran for 550 yards and four scores. Ole Miss and Baylor also ran for over 200 yards in wins, and Iowa State should’ve won, helped by 201 yards.
2. TCU. The Horned Frogs are trying to show they can play in the big leagues, and that didn’t happen this year. An injury to quarterback Casey Pachall was only part of the problem for an offense that couldn’t match a good year from the defense. The O picked up the pace over the final month, but it didn’t matter much with five losses in the final six games. Close doesn’t count, battling well in a loss to LSU and Texas Tech and losing four games by three points or fewer.
3. North Dakota State 24, Kansas State 21. Forgetting for a moment that the Bison turned out to be a dominant FCS team with a phenomenal defense and unstoppable rushing attack, it was still the defending Big 12 champion losing at home to a lower-level team on opening day. No one across the country saw NDSU as the juggernaut it turned out to be; it was simply a massive upset for the Wildcats and a huge embarrassment for the Big 12.

Best Big 12 Game of the Season
Nov. 16. Kansas State 33, TCU 31
The Oklahoma win over Oklahoma State was certainly thrilling – and more important – but the Kansas State comeback victory was the better all-around game as Jack Cantele connected on a 41-yard field goal with three seconds to play for the win. It was nip and tuck throughout the second half after Kansas State got up 14-0 in the first quarter and 17-7 before halftime, but TCU battled back Trevone Boykin and Casey Pachall each throwing touchdown passes, and Boykin ran for one, to offset a by 79-yard touchdown catch from KSU’s Tramaine Thompson. The Horned Frogs took the lead on a 56-yard bomb of a field goal from Jaden Oberkrom with just over two minutes to play, but there was too much time left on the clock for Jake Waters, who led KSU into position with a few big pass plays including two to Tyler Lockett to give Cantele a chance.

Coach of the Year
1) Art Briles, Baylor – The talent level has improved, but the scheme has made Baylor special. Unlike Mack Brown, Briles did a lot more with a lot less.
2) Bob Stoops, Oklahoma – The offense wasn’t consistent, and it’s never a plus to lose the Red River Rivalry, but the Sooners are in the BCS and Oklahoma State and Texas aren’t.
3) Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State – The loss to West Virginia was unforgivable, and gagging away the Oklahoma loss was bad, but he helped get the team through the SI scandal and still came up with a nice ten-win regular season.

Grading the Big 12
Baylor: A … The Bears are in the Fiesta Bowl with a shot at an 11-win season. It was hardly a given that Baylor was going to rebuild and reload, but it got even better.

Iowa State: D+ … The Cyclones were hosed against Texas, and they didn’t get any luck, but the 3-9 season really doesn’t look better with season-ending wins over Kansas and West Virginia. This is a program that needs the close wins to go bowling, and it didn’t get them.

Kansas: D+ … The Jayhawks did improve to get to three wins, but they weren’t even close in most games, getting blown out by double digits in all nine losses. Jake Heaps at quarterback didn’t help the cause.

Kansas State: B … On its own, the 2012 season wasn’t all that bad after the loss to NDSU to kick things off, but compared to 2011, it’s hard to get too excited about 7-5. Even so, give credit to Bill Snyder, his staff and the hard-charging team that overcame a 2-4 start to win five of the final six games.

Oklahoma: B … At the end of the day, OU is back in the BCS. However, the bar is set at Big 12 championship or bust, and the team didn’t do that. The Texas loss was galling, and the Baylor blowout was embarrassing, but wins over Notre Dame, Kansas State and Oklahoma State helped pave the way to New Orleans.

Oklahoma State: B … The Baylor win only showed just how good the team could’ve been. Several publications had OSU as the preseason favorite to win the conference title, but the losses to West Virginia and Oklahoma were disappointing – the Cotton Bowl is truly a consolation prize.

Texas: C … The defense was a bust early on, but the season pulled up out of the nosedive. The win over Oklahoma turned out to be an aberration for the massively underachieving team. Instead of preparing for Florida State in the BCS championship, Mack Brown is getting ready for life after coaching.

TCU: D … Gary Patterson set the bar much, much higher than 4-8. This wasn’t going to be a Big 12 title contender, but it was certainly good enough to beat West Virginia and Texas Tech to at least get to 6-6 and a bowl game.

Texas Tech: C+ … New coach, hot coach, hot start going 7-0. Reality hit hard as the schedule improved, losing the final five games to the bowl-bound teams on the slate, but there’s a chance to make amends against Arizona State in the Holiday Bowl.

West Virginia: D+ … After the way the team collapsed over the second half of last year, WVU needed to show it could rebuild in a hurry. While it beat Oklahoma State, it was way too flaky with no defense and not enough offense, losing fix of the final seven games including unforgivable gacks against Kansas and Iowa State to close.

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