Defensive coordinators in the Big 12 must have a lot of sleepless nights. That’s the case when you face the most prolific offenses in college football week after week.Big 12 schools are averaging a full touchdown more than any other major conference. Here are the scoring averages per conference in 2012: Big 12 (37 ppg), ACC, Pac-12 and SEC (30 ppg), Big Ten (28 ppg) and Big East (27). That’s why the performance of Wally Burnham’s Iowa State defense deserves closer inspection. “Our success says volumes about the plans (our coaches) are putting together,” Coach Paul Rhoads, a former defensive coordinator, said. The bottom line is points allowed. Not one Cyclone opponent this fall has surpassed its season scoring averaging against Iowa State. Here’s the data: Tulsa (scored 17 points below its season average), Iowa (14), Western Illinois (nine), Texas Tech (17), TCU (10) Kansas State (17), Oklahoma State (13) and Baylor (23). Second-ranked Kansas State is the only other league school that has not allowed an opponent to score more than its average. North Texas did, however, meet its season average when it faced the Wildcats in Manhattan. There are definitely challenges ahead for the Cyclones with Oklahoma (ranked 13th nationally in scoring), Texas (8th) and West Virginia (9th) left to play. But, there is a record of success for this group and a strong desire to see it continue.
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