Home teams have losing record in Big 12

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The Iowa State football team is hitting the road for the third time in four weeks with a visit to Lubbock to face Texas Tech. The Cyclones have played at Tech only three times previously as Big 12 peers.

“It’s a hard place to play,” Coach Paul Rhoads said, “because the crowd is involved.”

Rhoads has some familiarity with the scene from earlier in his career and he noted that Bill Bliel and Bob Elliott have also coached there.

“One of my memories is that before they put the tarp over the entrance for the visitors, there was a very fiery young gentleman that used to hang out there,” Rhoads said. “(He) was one of the best hecklers in college sports.”

To this point in the season, home teams have not fared well in Big 12 games. Surprisingly, home teams have registered a 7-11 mark.

Home teams in the ACC (14-10), Big Ten (13-7), SEC (14-12), Big East (8-2) and Pac-12 (15-9) all have winning records.

Oklahoma, Texas A&M and Texas suffered their only conference losses at home and are undefeated on the road. Texas Tech’s 2-0 road mark is mirrored with its 0-2 home record in Big 12 play.

But, Rhoads cautioned that leaning on the trends of winning on the road won’t be enough.

“Like any place you play in Texas, there is great energy in the stadium (at Texas Tech),” he said. “It’ll be another challenging road place to play.”

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