Big 12 quarterbacks didn't exactly tear up the NFL in 2016.
Six former Big 12 quarterbacks started at least game during the 2016 season, but only two of those — Sam Bradford and Andy Dalton — won more than six games. Additionally, Bradford was the only player with at least 20 touchdowns and Dalton the only one with at least 4,000 passing yards.
That duo and their pitiful army of Robert Griffin III, Bryce Petty and a bunch of non-quarterbacks had zero chance against the firepower of Aaron Rodgers, Carson Palmer, Marcus Mariota and the Pac-12.
Here are the top 10 college football conferences to lead the NFL in passing touchdowns, yards and wins in 2016.
It's hardly surprising that the Power Five conferences occupy the top five spots for passing touchdowns. However, the fifth-ranked conference, the Big 12, is significantly behind the other four and barely above the Mountain West.
Pac-12 players threw 50 more touchdowns than any other conference and their 189 touchdowns were nearly the combined total of the conference ranked sixth through 10th (197).
The same 10 conference occupy the top 10 slots for passing yards, with the Pac-12 once again leading all conference by a wide margin. With more than 29,000 passing yards — thanks to six players with at least 2,900 yards — they are more than 5,000 yards ahead of the second-best conference, the Big Ten (23,774).
The AAC is the highest-ranked non-Power Five conference, checking in at No. 6 with 6,605 yards.
Once again, the Pac-12 leads the country in quarterback wins and the Big 12 ranks fifth, worst among Power Five conferences. And as was the case with passing touchdowns, the Big 12 is only slightly ahead of the No. 6 conference, with 17 wins to the Mountain West's 14.