There was a time when seeing a road trip to Baylor on the schedule brought joy and confidence to teams around the Big 12.
Now, Big 12 teams know they have to bring their lunch pail when they venture to Waco, Texas, as Baylor has become the toughest team to beat at home in the entire conference.
Earlier this week we took a look at Big 12 teams' road prowess, with Oklahoma the cream of the crop away from home. Today, we'll look at the Big 12's best home teams since West Virginia and TCU joined the conference in 2012. The following home records include games against Power 5 opponents (and Notre Dame) only, in an effort to acknowledge teams like Texas and Oklahoma who challenge themselves with non-conference home games against opponents without crediting others who pad their records against non-Power 5 foes.
1. Baylor, 13-3
Key wins: TCU (2014), Oklahoma (2013)
Notable losses: Oklahoma (2015), Texas (2015)
Summary: The Bears have been pretty dominant at home, winning by an average of 29.1 points per game. Baylor averaged 3.43 points per drive and scored touchdowns on 45 percent of its home drives during this span.
2. Oklahoma, 13-5
Key wins: TCU (2015), Texas Tech (2013)
Notable losses: Kansas State (2012), Baylor (2014)
Summary: It’s hard to believe but Oklahoma had a losing record at home in 2014, dropping games to Kansas State, Baylor and Oklahoma State, which sparked coaching changes during the following offseason. The Sooners rebounded last season, going undefeated in four home games including a win over TCU.
3. Kansas State, 14-6
Key wins: Texas (2012), Texas Tech (2012)
Notable losses: North Dakota State (2013), Auburn (2014)
Summary: Bill Snyder Family Stadium is generally a difficult venue to play in but the Wildcats have suffered some shocking defeats at home, namely the 2013 loss to North Dakota State and 55-0 drubbing by Oklahoma a year ago. But ranked teams generally have a tough time at Kansas State with Auburn, TCU and Baylor among the squads who were ranked among the Top 6 nationally yet barely escaped Manhattan with a single-digit triumph.
4. Oklahoma State, 13-6
Key wins: TCU (2015), Baylor (2013)
Notable losses: Oklahoma (2015), Baylor (2015)
Summary: Oklahoma and Texas have been the Cowboys' worst enemy at Boone Pickens Stadium, combining to give Oklahoma State four of its six losses during this span. Turnovers have been a key for the Cowboys, with 25 forced turnovers in 19 home games.
5. TCU, 12-7
Key wins: Oklahoma (2014), Baylor (2015)
Notable losses: Kansas State (2012), Oklahoma (2012)
Summary: The Horned Frogs were 10-0 during the past two seasons as Amon G. Carter Stadium became a fortress for Gary Patterson’s program. TCU’s defense made its home field a nightmare as opponents were more likely to turn the ball over (15.1 turnover percentage) than score a touchdown (11.8 touchdown percentage) during the past two years.
6. Texas, 9-9
Key wins: West Virginia (2014)
Notable losses: Oklahoma State (2015), West Virginia (2012)
Summary: The Longhorns have lost at least two games in each of the past four seasons and only managed a winning record in 2013. And West Virginia in 2014 was the only ranked team Texas defeated at home during this span.
7. West Virginia, 10-10
Key wins: Baylor (2014), Oklahoma State (2013)
Notable losses: Oklahoma State (2015), TCU (2014)
Summary: Last season was the first time West Virginia recorded a winning record at home since joining the Big 12, going 4-1 with its lone loss to Oklahoma State. Yet the Mountaineers did impact the conference title race the previous two years with wins over Baylor in 2014 and Oklahoma State in 2013.
8. Texas Tech, 7-10
Key wins: TCU (2013), West Virginia (2013)
Notable losses: TCU (2015), Texas (2015)
Summary: A 1-4 record in 2014 stands out for the Red Raiders, who went 2-2 in each of the other three seasons. Playing at home hasn’t helped Texas Tech’s defensive woes, with opponents averaging 38.18 points per game at Jones AT&T Stadium.
9. Iowa State, 4-16
Key wins: Baylor (2012), Texas (2015)
Notable losses: Oklahoma State (2015), Texas (2013)
Summary: Kansas, Baylor and Texas are the only teams to suffer losses at Jack Trice Stadium during this span, but last season was only the first year with multiple home wins for Iowa State. And the Cyclones narrowly missed out on an upset bid against Oklahoma State in 2015. New coach Matt Campbell would do well to improve or match last season’s 2-2 home record.
10. Kansas, 2-16
Key wins: West Virginia (2013), Iowa State (2014)
Notable losses: TCU (2014), Oklahoma State (2014)
Summary: Texas, Oklahoma State and TCU each have narrowly escaped upset bids by the Jayhawks with single-digit wins during this span. Yet, Kansas has lost by an average of 20.9 points per home game and suffered six losses of 30 points or more.