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The Big 12's top returning TD makers

Inspired by (read: ripped off) our friends over at the SEC blog, we'll take a look today at who brings back the most scoring in the league.

It's also an interesting look at exactly how many times teams crossed the goal line last season, a total stat that, for whatever reason, doesn't get looked at very much.

It's obviously no guaranteed predictor of success, but it's an interesting look at the boiled down "returning starters" number we always hear about in the months leading up to the season.

1. Texas A&M -- 93.6 percent

47 offensive touchdowns (44 return)

28 passing touchdowns (15 return)

28 receiving touchdowns (27 return)

19 rushing touchdowns (17 return)

2. Missouri -- 88.9 percent

45 offensive touchdowns (40 return)

17 passing touchdowns (1 returns, James Franklin)

17 receiving touchdowns (17 return)

28 rushing touchdowns (23 return)

3. Kansas -- 87.5 percent

24 offensive touchdowns (21 return)

11 passing touchdowns (11 return)

11 receiving touchdowns (9 return)

13 rushing touchdowns (12 return)

4. Texas -- 79.3 percent

29 offensive touchdowns (23 return)

10 passing touchdowns (10 return)

10 receiving touchdowns (7 return)

19 rushing touchdowns (16 return)

5. Oklahoma State -- 72.6 percent

62 offensive touchdowns (45 return)

36 passing touchdowns (36 return)

36 receiving touchdowns (35 return, Colton Chelf)

26 rushing touchdowns (10 return)

6. Baylor -- 70.8 percent

48 offensive touchdowns (34 return)

23 passing touchdowns (23 return, including one by WR Kendall Wright)

23 receiving touchdowns (21 return)

25 rushing touchdowns (13 return)

7. Oklahoma -- 59 percent

61 offensive touchdowns (36 return)

38 passing touchdowns (38 return)

38 receiving touchdowns (29 return)

23 rushing touchdowns (7 return)

8. Texas Tech -- 35.7 percent

56 offensive touchdowns (20 return)

39 passing touchdowns (none return)

39 receiving touchdowns (11 return)

17 rushing touchdowns (9 return)

9. Iowa State -- 34.5 percent

29 offensive touchdowns (10 return)

14 passing touchdowns (1 returns, Jerome Tiller)

14 receiving touchdowns (6 return)

15 rushing touchdowns (4 return)

10. Kansas State -- 26.8 percent

56 offensive touchdowns (15 return)

16 passing touchdowns (1 returns, Collin Klein)

16 receiving touchdowns (9 return)

40 rushing touchdowns (6 return)

A couple thoughts/notes:

  • In the total numbers, we counted the guys who crossed the goal line, since you obviously can't count passing touchdowns twice.

  • You can see here why I still think Texas Tech is a year away from being a big factor.

  • Iowa State and Kansas State have tough tasks ahead replacing the production of Daniel Thomas for the Wildcats and Austen Arnaud and Alexander Robinson for the Cyclones. I don't think I told anyone anything they didn't know, but it's a little sobering to see the numbers on paper here.

  • Pretty clear to see that Missouri brings back a lot, and if it can get some good play from James Franklin, the Tigers could be in for a great season. The same is true for Texas A&M, as complete of a returning team as there is in the country. The upside isn't as high as Oklahoma, of course, but the Aggies' focus has to be replacing center Matt Allen and a pair of stout linebackers in Von Miller and Michael Hodges.

  • Not sure what the big gap between the top seven and the bottom three is all about, but it's there, so ... there you go.

  • Shocking to see how far Texas fell in one of the simplest offensive stats in football. In 2009, Texas had 29 passing touchdowns and 28 rushing touchdowns, compared to 29 total in 2010. Talk turnover margin all you'd like, and it certainly factors into that number, but Texas won't win many more games unless that number sees a big boost in 2011.

  • I didn't realize OSU edged out in-state rival OU with 62 scores to the Sooners' 61. I'd expect those two to be joined at the top by the Aggies next season.

  • Additionally, I'm not sure Kansas State's offense got enough respect last season. Those 56 scores are nothing to scoff at, especially when you compare them to other offenses that most people would consider significantly better than the Wildcats (i.e., Texas Tech, Missouri, Baylor, Texas A&M). Is that truly the case? Perhaps not.