Eight Big 12 teams will compete in conference games in Week 6 while Baylor and Oklahoma State have a bye. Top 25 matchups feature No. 14/17 Oklahoma at No. 24 Texas Tech and No. 7/8 West Virginia at No. 9/11 Texas.
Nine Big 12 teams are either ranked or receiving votes in both national polls, with Texas Tech entering the rankings for the first time this season at No. 24 in the coaches poll. Other rated teams are West Virginia, K-State, Texas, TCU and Oklahoma.
The Big 12's non-conference record is 26-3 to lead the nation with a .897 non-conference win percentage. The three non-league losses are the fewest of all FBS conferences.
Since last season, the league is 53-6 in non-conference games (.898 win percentage), and is 59-8 (.881) including bowl games.
The Big 12 is 52-5 in non-league games in the month of September in 2011 and 2012 combined.
It's hard to win on the road in Big 12 games. Since 1997, visiting Conference teams are 98-130 (.429).
In Sept. 29 games, the Big 12 had 11 scoring plays of 40-or-more yards (8 pass, 1 run, 1 INT Return, 1 KO Return).
The combined 133 points in the Baylor at West Virginia game set a record for most combined points in a Conference game.
Seven Big 12 quarterbacks are in the top 17 in passing efficiency. The next closest league is the SEC with four QBs in the top 17.
The Big 12 has four of the top five quarterbacks in passing efficiency. Those four - Geno Smith (West Virginia), David Ash (Texas), J.W. Walsh (Oklahoma State) and Casey Pachall (TCU) - have combined to throw for 48 touchdowns and four interceptions.
Big 12 players of the week are offense: Geno Smith (West Virginia), defense: Cornelius Douglas (Texas Tech) and special teams: DJ Monroe (Texas).
Geno Smith (West Virginia) was named the Walter Camp Football Foundation National Offensive Player of the Week and Davey O'Brien Quarterback of the Week for the second time this season.