Big 12 off to best start on the gridiron

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As conference re-alignment balls continue to be juggled, Big 12 football teams have started the season on fire. It’s only two weeks into the year, but the league’s on-field performance has been the best among BCS conferences.

The league has a 4-1 record against its BCS opponents. The only loss was Missouri’s overtime setback at now 18th-ranked Arizona State. It’s overall mark of 14-1 is the best.

The SEC is the only other major league with a winning record against BCS foes. The SEC is 6-4 with two of the wins/losses coming against each other.

The Pac-12 has split 10 games, while the Big East (2-3), Big Ten (3-4) and ACC (4-5) all have losing records against fellow BCS schools.

What are the biggest wins to date from each conference? Try these …

Big 12 – Iowa State over Iowa 44-41 in triple OT or Baylor over No. 14 TCU 50-48
ACC – Maryland over Miami (the Hurricanes were missing eight suspended players)
Big East – South Florida over Notre Dame (a winless Irish team)
Big Ten – Michigan over Notre Dame (see above)
Pac-12 – Arizona State over Missouri at Tempe (lone Big 12 loss to BCS competition)
SEC – LSU over Oregon (by most accounts, a dominating performance at a neutral site)

All four of the Big 12’s wins against BCS competition this fall have come against squads that played in bowl games last season.

It’s an early season data sample, but the success of the Big 12 on the field isn’t debatable.

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