January 4, 2010
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The chaos at Texas Tech is likely to be a boost for several football programs in the Big 12 South.
Mike Leach produced a 28 win and 22 loss record against Big 12 South opponents during his tenure in Lubbock. He was particularly successful against Texas A&M, Baylor and Oklahoma State University.
In his ten years at Tech, Leach won 10 times against Baylor, 7 times against Texas A&M and 6 times against Oklahoma State University. With his absence, look for those programs to up their winning percentage against the Red Raiders.
Baylor has lost a total of 14 consecutive games against Tech. Look for a breakthrough win for them in the next few years.
Texas A&M and Oklahoma State may benefit the most. Both schools have been battling to establish themselves as a top tier program in the Big 12 South.
Although A&M handled Tech easily this year, they have had difficulty defending Leach's high-powered offense. Tech averaged 35 points per game against A&M over the last decade.
Oklahoma State has lost 3 of the last 6 match-ups against Tech. But, OSU has stability at the coaching position with Mike Gundy.
OSU also has plenty of cash from Texas donor T. Boone Pickens. They are unlikely to make a rush-to-judgment decision due to trouble paying for a top-notch coach.
Bob Stoops must have significant ambivalence with the end of Leach's career in Lubbock. He obviously wishes the best for his former offensive coordinator.
But Leach's Tech teams have knocked off OU three times in the last 5 years. Stoops would probably prefer to not face Leach's offense every year.
Even the Texas Longhorns might gain an edge. Leach's upset of Texas in 2008 cost Mack Brown a great shot at another national championship. It is unlikely Leach's replacement will pose such a challenge anytime soon for the Longhorns.
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