Negative is a Positive

In the second of this two-part series, LonghornDigest.com looks at the Big 12 teams that are most successful defensively at producing tackles for loss.

In the first part, we looked at which Big 12 teams were the best at preventing tackles for loss. Now, here's how the Big 12 teams look in terms of generating those tackles for loss defensively. The same team that stood atop the first rankings are also the best team in this category.


Tackles For Loss Per Game

8) Texas — 7.65

T-25) Oklahoma State — 6.92

32) West Virginia — 6.62

T-48) TCU — 6.08

T-58) Kansas State — 5.85

T-70) Kansas — 5.50

T-85) Texas Tech — 5.08

T-103) Baylor — 4.46

T-103) Iowa State — 4.46

112) Oklahoma — 4.23


While Texas's lack of tempo and its power rushing with risk-averse passing attack offensively (not to mention a decent-to-good offensive line), the Longhorns were a fairly safe bet to finish high in avoiding tackles for loss. On the other side of the ball, Texas again stylistically presented the type of unit that would excel in this category. Defensive coordinator Manny Diaz's philosophy is certainly one of aggression, with Diaz mixing up looks and blitzes to send constant pressure into opposing backfields. And while Texas can occasionally get bitten by this strategy, it isn't surprising that it also led to a higher number of negative plays for opponents.

The major surprise on this list, quite obviously, is Oklahoma. The Sooners didn't get the kind of play out of their defensive line that they are typically accustomed to last season, and it really showed up. Iowa State is both surprising, and it isn't. What I mean by that is that the Cyclones always play sound defense, but aren't necessarily complex, nor overaggressive in what they do.


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