Mike Leach and his innovative offense have been all the rage for much of this season. He'll be profiled Sunday night on "60 Minutes" and on Friday he brought an 11-1 Texas Tech team to the Cotton Bowl to play a middle-of-the-road Southeastern Conference team.
The result? The Red Raiders got smoked by Mississippi, 47-34.
Tom Kirkendall raises the question: Is Leach really a good coach or is he a coach who knows how to work the system?
Leach has a 76-39 record in nine seasons at Lubbock, which works out to a 66% winning percentage. But Kirkendall points out that Leach's record is padded by his 29-5 (85.2%) regular season record against non-Big 12 opponents.
Only five of those 34 nonconference games have been against other BCS-conference teams. The last time that Tech even played a nonconference regular season game against a BCS-conference opponent was in 2003.
Strip away those nonconference games and Leach's Big 12 Conference record is 42-30 (58.3%). And in the games that really matter — against Texas and Oklahoma — Leach's teams are only 4-14.
So maybe that pounding Tech took against Mississippi wasn't that surprising.