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Big 12 Stock Watch: Week 7

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    [​IMG]Rising: Oklahoma's decision-making and ball-handling

    Through five games, Oklahoma has just four turnovers, a year after turning it over 26 times in three games. Quarterback Landry Jones threw more interceptions (14) than any player in the Big 12 last year. This year? Three, tied for second fewest behind Baylor's Robert Griffin.

    Falling: Texas A&M's decison-making and ball-handling

    Texas A&M's five turnovers against Oklahoma State have gotten a lot of attention, but it's becoming a trend early this season. Quarterback Jerrod Johnson has a league-high nine interceptions, but he's not the only one turning it over. The Aggies have 18 turnovers in five games, more than every team in college football except 0-6 New Mexico, who after losing to New Mexico State on Saturday, is arguably the worst team in the Football Bowl Subdivision.

    The 18 turnovers are also six more than any other team in the Big 12.

    Rising: Football in Oklahoma

    It's the only state in our fine union with more than one undefeated team among the 13 remaining in college football. Both Oklahoma and Oklahoma State are 5-0 and ranked in the top 20, and both look like contenders to win the Big 12 South.

    Falling: Football in Texas

    There's only one team in the state that's ranked, and it's not in a BCS conference: TCU. All four Big 12 teams in Texas have two losses after just six weeks of the season and none are in the top 25.

    For the almanac-inclined, I'd be interested to see the last time that happened, too.

    Rising: Scoring in Nebraska

    You probably knew this, but get a load of how much it's up. Last year, running back Roy Helu scored the most touchdowns on the team, with 10. So far this season, quarterback Taylor Martinez has 12 through just five games.

    The Huskers are scoring more than 41 points a game compared to 25 last year -- including seven games with 20 points or less. That's helped the team jump from 75th nationally in scoring in 2009 to ninth in 2010.

    Falling: Scoring in the Big 12 North

    Four of the bottom five teams in the Big 12 in scoring are from the North, and only Nebraska and Missouri rank in the top half of the conference. Also, Colorado and Kansas are the only teams in the league averaging fewer than 20 points a game, which ranks outside the national top 100.

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