I've noticed a couple things since everybody's decided that WVU's win at Texas is the best thing since sliced bread.
First of all, home field advantage in the Big 12 has been pretty much nonexistent this year. Through 9 conference games home teams are 2-7, and if you take out the 2 games involving KU (on the basis that they're going to lose wherever they play) the record drops to 1-6. That's probably not going to get much better this week either. Since Baylor is the only home team expected to win Saturday.
The other thing I got curious about was if there was a fairly simple way to quantify different teams home field advantage. I think a lot of people kinda feel that Texas doesn't do much better in Austin than elsewhere, so I wanted to see if I could find some numbers to back that up. So I went over here and started digging through their records to see what I could find out.
I concentrated on current Big 12 teams during the Big 12 era (1996-2011) because that was mostly who I was interested in and it seemed like enough games to give meaningful results. I also only used records against opponents who had gotten at least one win, to filter out scrubs that gotten paid to come in and take a beating.
Anyway, here's what I got for the 8 teams that were in the Big 12 in 1996 and are still here:
record win% record win%
Texas 43-17 .717 40-18 .690
Oklahoma 50-13 .793 36-28 .563
Kansas 31-44 .413 11-61 .153
Kansas St. 50-23 .685 31-38 .449
Iowa St. 43-47 .478 18-65 .217
Baylor 23-54 .299 9-69 .115
Oklahoma St. 45-31 .592 31-44 .413
Texas Tech 50-24 .676 33-44 .429
And here they are listed by the difference between their home and road winning percentages:
Iowa St. .261
Texas Tech .247
Kansas St. .236
Oklahoma St. .179
First of all, Texas appears to have almost no home field advantage, certainly not compared to anybody else. I'm actually a little surprised by that. I expected it to be on the low end, but not come out with basically zero.
It's a bit of a surprise to see ISU and KU on top of the list, but I would guess that comes from them being more likely than other's to have a loss to their patsies.
I'd guess Baylor's at the bottom because their home record is so bad it's tough for their road record to be much worse.
I'm not really sure what's up with OSU.
Anyway, other than having some definite proof that the Longhorns don't actually have a home field advantage, I'm not really sure what this all means. It just seemed a bit of a waste not to share it after I'd put in the work to figure it all out.