Only one team ranked in the top 20 in the NCAA in defense last year
The Big 12 has been long ridiculed for its lack of defensive prowess.
Last season, though, that tide began turning.
Only one team ranked in the top 20 in the NCAA in defense — Oklahoma (No. 20) — but four teams ranked in the top 30, including much maligned Baylor, which had struggled during the early portion of Art Briles’ tenure in Waco.
Last season, the Bears were ranked 28th in the nation in total defense. TCU, as usual, was one of the few stalwarts of defense in the conference and ranked 24th. Kansas State was 26th.