Texas Tech breezed through its nonconference schedule, winning the four games by an average of 32 points.
A rout over Kansas State to open the Big 12 schedule followed, then came tougher-than-expected wins over Nebraska and Texas A&M.
Now, the Red Raiders get a chance to see just how good they really are as they face four ranked opponents in four weeks. The month will determine the No. 8 Red Raiders' national title chances.
That four-week acid test starts tomorrow when Tech (7-0, 3-0) heads to Lawrence, Kansas, to face No. 19 Kansas.
It won't be easy. Kansas (5-2, 2-1) has gone from frequent Big 12 doormat to one of the nation's elite teams. Last year's 12-1 season and Orange Bowl victory provided the Jayhawks with a surge of confidence.
After Kansas, the Red Raiders have a home game against top-ranked Texas, which manhandled then-No. 1 Oklahoma two weeks ago. Then, they play No. 7 Oklahoma State November 8th. The season-defining stretch ends just before Thanksgiving with a game at Norman, Oklahoma, against the fourth-ranked Sooners.
By the time the Red Raiders face Baylor in the regular-season finale November 29th, they'll either be getting ready for their first Big 12 championship game or wondering how pressure tripped them up yet again.