There are odd forces at play for the Texas Tech-Oklahoma game this weekend
- by Zach Barnett 10 months ago
Kliff Kingsbury has defied every expectation set in front of him in his short lifespan as a head coach. He's lead a team picked seventh in 10-team conference to a 7-0 record and a No. 10 spot in the BCS standings.
But to get to 8-0, he'll have to break through a couple more barriers.
Texas Tech visits Oklahoma on Saturday afternoon (3:30 p.m. ET, Fox) for the Red Raiders' first road game against a ranked opponent. First, he'll have to break through his personal demons, with an 0-2 record by scores of 27-13 and 60-15 in Norman as a player.
And he'll also have to beat a head coach that has been downright unkind to newcomers since 2000:
Bob Stoops is 19-1 in first meetings versus opposing Big 12 coaches. Lone loss coming 2001 to some guy named Miles. Les Miles to be exact. — Eddie Radosevich (@Eddie_Rado) October 22, 2013
The majority of those 19 wins haven't been close. Here's how it breaks down (and remember, this is since 2000):
vs. Guy Morriss (Nov. 3, 2003) - Oklahoma 41, Baylor 3
vs. Art Briles (Oct. 4, 2008) - Oklahoma 49, Baylor 17
vs. Dan Hawkins (Oct. 21, 2006) - Oklahoma 24, Colorado 3
vs. Gene Chizik (Oct. 14, 2006) - Oklahoma 34, Iowa State 9
vs. Paul Rhoads (Oct. 16, 2010) - Oklahoma 52, Iowa State 0
vs. Mark Mangino (Oct. 23, 2004) - Oklahoma 41, Kansas 10
vs. Turner Gill (Oct. 15, 2011) - Oklahoma 47, Kansas 17
vs. Charlie Weis (Oct. 20, 2012) - Oklahoma 52, Kansas 7
vs. Ron Prince (Oct. 25, 2008) - Oklahoma 58, Kansas State 35
vs. Gary Pinkel (Oct. 5, 2002) - Oklahoma 31, Missouri 24
vs. Bill Callahan (Nov. 13, 2004) - Oklahoma 30, Nebraska 3
vs. Bo Pelini (Nov. 1, 2008) - Oklahoma 62, Nebraska 28
vs. Les Miles (Nov. 24, 2001) - Oklahoma State 16, Oklahoma 13
vs. Mike Gundy (Nov. 26, 2005) - Oklahoma 42, Oklahoma State 14
vs. Gary Patterson (Dec. 1, 2012) - Oklahoma 24, TCU 17
vs. Dennis Franchione (Nov. 8, 2003) - Oklahoma 77, Texas A&M 0
vs. Mike Sherman (Nov. 8, 2008) - Oklahoma 66, Texas A&M 28
vs. Mike Leach (Nov. 18, 2000) - Oklahoma 27, Texas Tech 13
vs. Tommy Tuberville (Nov. 13, 2010) - Oklahoma 45, Texas Tech 7
vs. Dana Holgorsen (Nov. 17, 2012) - Oklahoma 50, West Virginia 49
Admittedly, there are some screwy factors helping this stat. It starts with Stoops' second year in Norman, so his opening-year losses to Mack Brown, Spike Dykes and Gary Barnett aren't included. It only takes into account his first matchup in a Big 12 game, so Stoops' 2005 loss to a Gary Patterson-coached TCU isn't included. Outside of Patterson, Miles, Gundy, Pinkel and Briles, that isn't exactly a list of National Coach of the Year winners. And first year coaches typically aren't playing with a full deck. That's why they're first year coaches and the previous guy is somewhere else. None of them were 7-0, like Kingsbury's Red Raiders.
But 19-1 is 19-1. And they've won those games by an average score of 43-15, topping 40 points 13 times and holding its opponent to 17 or less 15 times.
However, there is another force at play in Kingsbury's favor on Saturday. Texas Tech and Oklahoma have alternated wins every year dating back to 2004. The Sooners win in every even-numbered year and the Red Raiders win in every odd-numbered year.
If my second-grade math skills are still valid, we'll still be in an odd-numbered year on Saturday.