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.”
PATTERSON IS A K-STATE ALUM
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.”
LONGHORNS ‘A HOT TEAM'
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.”
K-STATE'S PHYSICAL PHILOSOPHY
Some teams nowadays cut back practice reps to prevent potential injuries. Snyder, though, schedules full-speed drills every day.
“It depends on how you define full speed,” Snyder said. “We go full speed with the exception of not taking a player to the ground. We like segments of our practices to be physical.”
Snyder includes segments matching the first-team offense against his first-team defense.
“I would like to think it allows you to become a more physical football team,” Snyder said. “As much as anything, when we go good against good, it's because it's so hard to simulate someone's offense or defense. People on the scout team, their time is going to come, but they're not the same caliber you'll face on game day.”
WEISS TO SEEK INPUT
For the second time this season, Kansas was involved in a lengthy weather delay.
The first time was a home game against Oklahoma State, when the game was stopped for 1-hour, 19 minutes due to inclement weather.
Last week at Baylor, the Jayhawks trailed 21-14 at halftime. Lightning strikes in the area forced a lengthy delay before the Bears dominated the second half.
“In the offseason, it's one of things I'm going to have to research — how teams handle that hour-plus in the locker room,” said Kansas coach Charlie Weiss. “In both games, we came out flat. It's led to nothing good happening.”
BROWN REACHES OUT
Decades ago, Mack Brown missed most of his senior year at Florida State due to a knee injury. The Texas coach feels bad for players who experience a similar fate. Brown often sends a letter or a card to the injured player.
Iowa State senior linebacker Jake Knott, who suffered a season-ending knee injury, tweeted last week that Brown had sent him a letter.
“He's a great player,” Brown said. “By all accounts he's a better young man. I hate that any young man that's as passionate about this game as he is gets the latter part of his senior year taken away from him. I want them to understand there are coaches out there that respect what they've accomplished.”