Checking in on Tuberville in Year 3

Colleague Mark Schlabach broke down the nation's third-year coaches in his weekly column, "On the Mark" today. In the Big 12, that means a look at Tommy Tuberville at Texas Tech.

Here's part of what Schlabach had to say:

The present: Tuberville couldn't have asked for a better start to the season, as the Red Raiders are 3-0 after dominating FCS foe Northwestern State, Texas State and New Mexico. But after playing at Iowa State on Saturday night, the real fun begins for Texas Tech. Starting in two weeks, it will play five consecutive nationally ranked opponents: No. 16 Oklahoma (home), No. 9 West Virginia (home), No. 15 TCU (road), No. 7 Kansas State (road) and No. 12 Texas (home).

The future: The Red Raiders have six games left against ranked opponents (they close the season at home against No. 25 Baylor), so it might be difficult for them to reach 6-6. After opening the season against such a soft nonconference schedule, it's really hard to determine how much progress they've made.

Agree or disagree? Head over to Schlabach's column for more on Tuberville and more on the rest of the Big 12.