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December 10, 2008

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Reesing left off list

With 12 games down and one to go, Kansas University’s Todd Reesing has already thrown for more yardage than he did in 13 games last year.

Yet Reesing couldn’t even garner honorable mention on the All-Big 12 team after earning second-team honors last season.

In the Year of the Quarterback in the Big 12, Reesing ranks seventh on the league’s passing efficiency chart even though, for the most part, his numbers are better than they were in 2007.

As a sophomore last season, Reesing threw of 3,486 yards in 13 games. In a dozen games this year, he has thrown for 3,575. Moreover, he has a higher completion percentage — 65.7 to 61.9 in ‘07.

Reesing did have a better efficiency rating last year, however, mainly because his touchdown passes have dropped from 33 to 28 and his interceptions are up from seven to 12.

Nevertheless, his efficiency rating hasn’t dropped appreciably. It was 148.8 in ‘07 and is 145.8 going into the Dec. 31 Insight Bowl clash with Minnesota.

Of the six quarterbacks who rank ahead of Reesing in passing efficiency, three are seniors — Joe Ganz of Nebraska (156.7), Graham Harrell of Texas Tech (163.0) and Chase Daniel of Missouri (164.8).

Big 12 passing leader Sam Bradford of Oklahoma (186.3) is a sophomore while Texas’ Colt McCoy (179.2) and Oklahoma State’s Zac Robinson (178.0) are juniors.

Trivia question

Can you name the only Big 12 school that doesn’t rank in the Bottom 30 nationally in pass defense? Answer: Colorado.

The Buffaloes are No. 74 among the 119 teams in the NCAA upper division. The next best is Nebraska at No. 90.

Here are the rest of the ugly Big 12 pass defense rankings: Texas Tech 91, Texas A&M 93, Oklahoma 99, Baylor 102, Kansas State 105, Texas 109, Oklahoma State 110, Kansas 113, Iowa State 115 and Missouri 117.

If you’re wondering, Central Michigan (118) and Nevada (119) bring up the rear, not that it really matters. Central Michigan (8-4) will be playing in the Motor City Bowl and Nevada (7-5) in the Humanitarian Bowl.

OU's streak could have easily been six

Oklahoma’s amazing streak of scoring 60 points or more in five straight games could very nearly be six. Before the skein began with a 62-28 victory over Nebraska, the Sooners scored 58 points against Kansas State. A week earlier, OU managed “only” 45 against Kansas.

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