Just because Texas Tech had its way with Oklahoma last week, coach Mike Leach said that doesn't mean the same thing will happen Saturday at 5 when his Red Raiders face Baylor at the Cowboys Stadium in Arlington.
The Raiders made the Sooners look like mere mortals as they hammered their way to an easy 41-13 victory. Whether Tech will be able to have similar results against the Bears is anyone's guess.
"I think they're a good team,'' Leach said of the Bears. "I think they play hard and I think they've got a good group of players.
"We've got to go out and play the best we can.''
Mainly because of injuries in the offensive line and to quarterbacks Taylor Potts and Steven Sheffield, the Raiders have been a model of inconsistency most of this season. For example, they followed an impressive 31-10 road victory at Big 12 North champions Nebraska with a horrific 52-30 home loss to Texas A&M.
Then came a gut-check 42-21 win over Kansas, that was followed by a ho-hum 24-17 loss at Oklahoma State. Next up was the dominant triumph over Oklahoma, which netted just 310 total yards.
"I think we've been unpredictable,'' Leach said. "Some of it's been we've had a lot of lineup changes, which is part of what we're up against this year.
"We've had to shuffle the (offensive) line a lot, and we've had to shuffle combinations of receivers and quarterbacks quite a loot.
"Also, your opponents have a little to do with that, too. Sometimes they go out and play a little better than you can.''
Leach was delighted the Raiders were able to power their way to 549 yards against OU's potent defense. And they did it while performing a pretty neat balancing act.
Quarterback Potts completed 35-of-53 passes for 388 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. And Tech's running game chew up 187 yards, with Baron Batch rushing for 136 yards on 25 carries and scoring a pair of touchdowns.
"That (OU) defense is everything that it's been cracked up to be,'' Leach said. "Those are all the same guys from last year.
"They have very productive (NFL) draft picks that were there, so it's a defense I really respect and was really glad at how we played against them.''
Now, if only the Raiders can do to other teams what they did to Oklahoma, Leach would be a happy camper.
_ Dwain Price