September 17, 2008
Missouri quarterback Chase Daniel, left, congratulates Jeremy Maclin after Maclin's 80-yard touchdown reception against Nevada on Saturday. The Tigers lead the country with a scoring average of 57.67 points per game.
In the turbo-charged world of Big 12 Conference football, scoring is king. Take these sample scores from the first three weeks of the season to refresh the memory. Keep in mind the following opponents who faced these Big 12 teams all made bowl games last season: Missouri 52, Illinois 42; Oklahoma State 56, Houston 37; Texas 52, Florida Atlantic 10; Oklahoma 52, Cincinnati 26. The bottom line: These outrageous scoring outputs are mandatory in the new era of spread offenses and winning football games in the Big 12. And the statistics prove it.