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Big 12 football notebook: Home-field advantage takes a backseat

Road games are the way to go for now. The visitors have a 16-11 record in Big 12 games.
BY MIKE BALDWIN Published: November 5, 2012

Home-field advantage?

That hasn't been the case this year in the Big 12.

Road teams own a surprising 16-11 record.

“It's kind of mind-boggling,” said Texas Tech football coach Tommy Tuberville. “It's the strength of the teams. You can pretty much win anywhere. You just don't know. It just depends on the frame of mind of your players, how they handle pressure and how they handle travel.”

Every team in the conference, except Kansas State has at least one home loss.

Even more revealing is Kansas and Baylor are 0-3 on the road. The rest of the league is 16-5 away from home.

“I don't have an answer to it other than this is such a competitive league,” said K-State coach Bill Snyder. “It's just factual that anyone can beat anybody on any given day seems to hold true.”

Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads said one factor might be no-huddle, spread offenses.

“Doing more things with signaling and so forth probably minimizes the crowd noise a little bit,” Rhoads said. “I haven't studied it. I don't know which teams are winning where other than the three that beat us here at Jack Trice Stadium. I don't know if I could put any other finger on why it could be.”


The TCU Horned Frogs host Kansas State on Saturday night. It will be a unique dynamic for TCU coach Gary Patterson, who played at Kansas State. If the Horned Frogs post an upset, they would ruin the Wildcats' shot at playing for the national title.

“It is a dilemma,” Patterson said. “But like everybody else, you have to do what you have to do. But it would be (a win) with mixed emotions. Most of my emphasis has to be my family, my team, my community and my fans.

“But it should be an exciting game. It's the first time since 1970 we've had the No. 2 team in the nation come to Amon Carter Stadium. We're trying to get ready for it the best we can with a young group.”


After Texas was crushed by Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl there were questions how the Longhorns would respond. Texas has won three consecutive games, although two were against Kansas and Baylor.

“They're a hot team playing with great confidence,” Rhoads said. “It doesn't matter who you beat in this league or how much you beat them by. At the end of the day, if you come out with a victory, you're very, very pleased.

“They're a confident team. When you get that way you start practicing differently. Expectations rise. They're scoring points at a high level, and defensively they're getting hot. That makes for a dangerous team in the month of November.”

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