Checking in from West Texas

LUBBOCK, Texas -- Gorgeous day in Lubbock for West Virginia's second trip to Texas in as many weeks.

There's a typical West Texas wind, but the skies are clear and the temperature is hovering around 70 degrees. You couldn't ask for anything more.

In its home conference opener last week, Texas Tech failed its toughest test of the season against Oklahoma. Today's may be even tougher. Neither side of the ball was up to the task and the result was a three-touchdown loss.

West Virginia is caught with the stereotypical "trap game," making a trip to Lubbock in between games against Big 12 title contenders in Texas and Kansas State. For West Virginia, today's about maintaining a focus and sharpness in between games the school dreamt about when it joined the Big 12.

I'll be here to see if WVU can keep the Big 12 (and national?) title trains rolling, along with Geno Smith's Heisman campaign. Follow along on Twitter.