We'll toss out TCU, as Texas traveled for that one and OSU got the Frogs in Stillwater.
Kansas, Iowa State, West Virginia, and Kansas State were not only common opponents, but both teams played each of these teams in the same venue, that is either home or away.
Common denominators make for great statistical comparison. I could easily go nuts, but let's keep it simple for now.
Here are the average offensive stats for those 4 common opponents/venues:
|3RD DOWNS||19-61 (31.1%)||35-74 (47.3%)|
|TOT YDS||385.5 YPG||417 YPG|
|PASSING||229.8 YPG||237.3 YPG|
|RUSHING||155.8 YPG||179.8 YPG|
In total offense, the Longhorns average 5.4 ypp...OSU 5.2 ypp.
Interestingly enough, Texas averaged almost 4 more plays per game on offense (77.8 vs 74). As far as points per game (regulation only)
If you take all points and plays, the average offensive points per play are
I realize I'm lumping in special teams points in this number, but I'm looking for any advantage I can for the Cowboys' offense, and the Longhorns have a great FG kicker, so it all equals out. Shut up.
As for the defenses
|3RD DOWNS||22-74 (29.7%)||30-68 (44.1%)|
|TOT YDS||346.5 YPG||389.5 YPG|
|PASSING||204.5 YPG||248.3 YPG|
|RUSHING||142 YPG||141.3 YPG|
For total defense, OSU allows an average of 4.7 ypp...Texas 5.4 ypp.
Both defenses face a similar # of plays per game (OSU 73.5 vs Texas 71.8). Points per game in regulation:
All points and plays, average points allowed per play
This should be a pretty damn close game based on these basic numbers. Relatively speaking, Texas' strength is it's offense, while OSU's strength is it's defense. Strength against strength, weakness against weakness.
Let's hope the Big 12 officials leave their egos and stupidity at the gate.