The Big 12: A league with virtually no defense

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The worst job in football? Big 12 defensive coordinator.

Just ask TCU coach Gary Patterson.

"The worst job maybe in America right now is the defensive coordinator, especially in the Big 12," Patterson said this week after his Horned Frogs gave up 52 points in a loss to Oklahoma. "Basically you're going to make about 70 calls in 20 seconds and you're going to be evaluated every seven days, and by the next day whether you did a very good job or not."

The Horned Frogs aren't alone. Big 12 defenses are suffering every week.

Eight of the league's 10 teams rank No. 77 or lower nationally in total defense as the yards and points come in bunches. Six rank No. 67 or lower in scoring allowed. Four of those — Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas Tech and Texas — all surrender more than 35 points or more per game.

And it could get worse.

Most of those ugly stats were built against non-conference opponents. The league's high-powered offenses are just getting warmed up as only Baylor and Oklahoma Statehave played more than one conference game.

The outlier in all those missed tackles and wide open scoring passes is Kansas State, which ranks No. 4 in total defense but struggles to score. If the Wildcats can just figure out how to punch in a few touchdowns, they could run away with the league.

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