The 62-year-old Smith is the fourth coach in as many years for the Red Raiders and he’s led them to more Big 12 wins than the previous two seasons combined and to victories over two Top 25 teams in the past month.
Oklahoma State star Marcus Smart was suspended three games Sunday by the Big 12 for shoving a fan in the closing seconds of the Cowboys’ loss at Texas Tech on Saturday night.
Case McCoy passed for two touchdowns and ran for another and Texas kept its Big 12 title hopes alive Thursday night with a 41-16 win over Texas Tech.
Senior forward Jaye Crockett and sophomore guard Toddrick Gotcher each scored 16 points to lead four players in double figure scoring as Texas Tech beat Houston 76-64 in the consolation game of the Progressive Legends Classic
The Red Raiders are hoping to change that this year. But after dropping the last three games after a 7-0 start some players might be concerned about the past repeating itself.
Jake Waters and Daniel Sams each ran for two touchdowns and Waters passed for another score to lead Kansas State over No. 25 Texas Tech 49-26 on Saturday.
The No. 15 Red Raiders fell 38-30 at Oklahoma last week and hope to rebound against No. 18 Oklahoma State on Saturday night.
The Red Raiders’ new coach brings a standout resume to West Texas. Smith won a national title at Kentucky, has made 17 NCAA tournament appearances and has 19 seasons with at least 20 victories.
Alongside fifth-ranked Baylor, No. 13 Oklahoma, No. 15 Texas Tech and No. 18 Oklahoma State, it’s unranked Texas (5-2, 4-0) that can take sole possession of first place over the idle Bears with a win at home Saturday against Kansas.
While the Sooners have the No. 1 pass defense in the nation, Stoops said slowing down Texas Tech will be the job of more than just the defensive unit. The offense must help as well.
Kansas coach Charlie Weis knows exactly how long it will have been since the Jayhawks last won a Big 12 game when they face No. 20 Texas Tech on Saturday.
Baker Mayfield showed his scrambling and throwing talents in the Red Raiders first two games against lesser programs’ defenses. Now it’s time for the freshman walk-on to face No. 24 TCU, which returns nine starters from Big 12′s top defense last season.