Texas Tech Compared to PAC 12 Schools

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The 2021 college football season is only a month away, but with seismic shifts being felt in the current conference alignment, the only thing anybody wants to discuss is conference realignment. And with the Big XII apparently on the verge of collapse, Texas Tech’s stake in realignment couldn’t possibly be higher.


As of this writing, speculation—and it doesn’t seem to be much more than that—is that the Red Raiders are most likely to wind up in a beefed up PAC 12, perhaps with Oklahoma State in tow. Toward that end, it might be interesting to look at how Texas Tech stacks up with its potential future conference peers. Below is a primer of the current PAC 12 schools, containing certain basic information.


From the data below, here are a few observations:


Texas Tech’s overall football record against current PAC 12 schools is 39-19-2. Much of that record stems from Tech’s 26-5-2 advantage over old Border Conference foe, Arizona. Texas Tech has never played UCLA or Stanford in football, and has played California and Oregon State only once.


Jones Stadium would be the fifth largest stadium in the PAC 12, trailing those at UCLA, USC, Washington and California.


Texas Tech’s overall basketball record against PAC 12 schools is 75-83. Texas Tech has never played California in basketball, and has played Oregon State and Washington State only once.


United Supermarkets Arena would be the largest basketball venue in the PAC 12. The Jon M. Huntsman Center at Utah would be bumped to second.


In terms of population, Lubbock, Texas would be the fourth largest PAC 12 city, trailing Los Angeles, Seattle and Tucson. If metropolitan area is the criterion, Lubbock would fall below Tempe (Phoenix), Berkeley (San Francisco/Oakland) and Stanford (San Francisco/Oakland).


Texas Tech’s student population of 40,300 would be seventh most in the PAC 12.


The closest school to Texas Tech, in terms of driving distance, would be Colorado, some 562 miles away. The farthest would be Oregon State at 1,874 miles distant. Average driving distance would be 1,257 miles.



Arizona Wildcats


Football series record with Texas Tech: 5-26-2

Arizona Stadium: 50,800

Basketball series record with Texas Tech: 24-28

McKale Center: 14,500

Location: Tucson, Arizona; population, 554,500

University of Arizona student population: 45,900

Distance from Lubbock: 634 miles



Arizona State Sun Devils


Football series record with Texas Tech: 2-2

Sun Devil Stadium: 56,600

Basketball series record with Texas Tech: 19-22

Desert Financial Arena: 14,100

Location: Tempe, Arizona; population, 195,800

Arizona State student population: 52,400

Distance from Lubbock: 741 miles



Colorado Buffaloes


Football series record with Texas Tech: 5-5

Folsom Field: 50,200

Basketball series record with Texas Tech: 18-13

CU Events Center: 11,100

Location: Boulder, Colorado; population, 105,700

Colorado student population: 35,500

Distance from Lubbock: 562 miles



Utah Utes


Football series record with Texas Tech: 0-2

Rice-Eccles Stadium: 51,400

Basketball series record with Texas Tech: 4-3

Jon M. Huntsman Center: 15,000

Location: Salt Lake City, Utah; population, 200,600

Utah student population: 32,800

Distance from Lubbock: 917 miles



UCLA Bruins


Football series record with Texas Tech: 0-0

Rose Bowl: 92,500

Basketball series record with Texas Tech: 5-1

Pauley Pavilion: 13,800

Location: Los Angeles, California; population, 3,979,576

UCLA student population: 45,700

Distance from Lubbock: 1,107 miles



USC Trojans


Football series record with Texas Tech: 3-0

Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum: 77,500

Basketball series record with Texas Tech: 1-2

Galen Center: 10,300

Location: Los Angeles, California; population, 3,979,576

USC student population: 48,300

Distance from Lubbock: 1,107 miles



California Golden Bears


Football series record with Texas Tech: 0-1

California Memorial Stadium: 62,500

Basketball series record with Texas Tech: 0-0

Haas Pavilion: 11,900

Location: Berkeley, California; population, 121,400

California student population: 42,300

Distance from Lubbock: 1,400 miles



Stanford Cardinal


Football series record with Texas Tech: 0-0

Stanford Stadium: 50,400

Basketball series record with Texas Tech: 3-1

Maples Pavilion: 7,300

Location: Stanford, California; population, 13,800

Stanford student population: 17,200

Distance from Lubbock: 1,383 miles



Oregon Ducks


Football series record with Texas Tech: 2-0

Autzen Stadium: 54,000

Basketball series record with Texas Tech: 2-1

Matthew Knight Arena: 12,400

Location: Eugene, Oregon; population, 172,600

Oregon student population: 21,800

Distance from Lubbock: 1,805 miles



Oregon State Beavers


Football series record with Texas Tech: 0-1

Reser Stadium: 43,200

Basketball series record with Texas Tech: 0-1

Gill Coliseum: 9,600

Location: Corvallis, Oregon; population, 58,900

Oregon State student population: 31,700

Distance from Lubbock: 1,874



Washington Huskies


Football series record with Texas Tech: 2-0

Husky Stadium: 70,100

Basketball series record with Texas Tech: 6-3

Hec Edmundson Pavilion: 10,000

Location: Seattle, Washington; population, 753,700

Washington student population: 47,600

Distance from Lubbock: 1,865



Washington State Cougars


Football series record with Texas Tech: 0-2

Martin Stadium: 33,000

Basketball series record with Texas Tech: 1-0

Beasley Coliseum: 11,700

Location: Pullman, Washington; population, 34,500

Washington State student population: 20,300

Distance from Lubbock: 1,684



Texas Tech Red Raiders


Jones Stadium: 60,500

United Supermarkets Arena: 15,100

Location: Lubbock, Texas; population, 258,900

Texas Tech student population: 40,300



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