In this week's Big 12 Twitter mailbag, we discuss whether Baylor is the prohibitive conference favorite, why West Virginia doesn't get more respect, Boone Pickens' comments on Mike Gundy and the Patrick Mahomes injury Thursday night.
On to the 'bag:
@Jake_Trotter is Baylor for real this year? Are they the conference flag bearer now?
— Vakaviti (@vakaviti) September 30, 2016
@Jake_Trotter: I'm not ready to go there yet. I expect Baylor to get to 6-0 with little trouble. But a home win over Oklahoma State, in which the Cowboys fumbled on the go-ahead drive at the 1-yard line, is not enough for me to declare Baylor the flag-bearer. I still consider this conference race to be wide open with at least six teams capable of winning it, including, of course, the Bears.
@Jake_Trotter Mahomes injury update?
— CodyLunow (@codyl25) September 30, 2016
@Jake_Trotter: It's sound like he's going to be OK, but I wouldn't be surprised if he misses a game or two. The good news for Tech is that Nic Shimonek looks like he's a more than capable backup. I think the hope is that Mahomes will be back in time for Oklahoma on Oct. 22, at the latest. We'll see.
@Jake_Trotter At what point does Holder anti-up & remind TBP he's a geologist, the check has been cashed, & his Jerry Jones act can stop?
— christian (@cbake44) September 30, 2016
@Jake_Trotter: Mike Holder and president Burns Hargis are in a tough spot. They're going to have to placate the egos of both Mike Gundy and Boone Pickens, whose relationship has deteriorated again into what appears to be an irreparable place. Holder and Hargis can't "afford" to scorn Pickens, nor should they -- Pickens, after all, is one of the major reasons why the Oklahoma State football program is where it is. But they also can't afford to alienate Gundy, either, considering he could begin to look around at other jobs again, and finding a replacement might not be as easy as some OSU fans want to believe. Honestly, it's a shame -- and rather difficult to understand why -- that Gundy and Pickens can't at least be cordial to one another and appreciate the impact that the other has brought to OSU.
— trevor (@trevbwake) September 30, 2016
@Jake_Trotter: Whatever it was, that percentage probably went up this week.
@Jake_Trotter what do you make of this Texas and A&M revivalry at Texas Motor Speedway
— Connor Roane (@connagroane) September 30, 2016
@Jake_Trotter: I'm for anything that gets the Aggies and Longhorns playing again.
@Jake_Trotter Why not Boisestate and Byu for the Big12...? Two great programs
— Ryan Smith (@Lakeshow2124) September 30, 2016
@Jake_Trotter: Yes. Boise State has won a lot of games in recent years, but it has already been eliminated from the mix, due largely to its academic standing. BYU checks all the boxes and features a terrific football program, but the honor code/LGBT issues have prompted some in the league to sour on BYU's candidacy. As a reminder, these expansion deliberations aren't exclusively centered on football.
@Jake_Trotter who is the leader for newcomer of year so far?
— David Leake (@DavidLeake) September 30, 2016
What does WVU have to do to earn respect? I get they haven't had a good run in the Big 12,But they always seem to upset teams.@Jake_Trotter
— Jevon Hofer (@RealJevJev) September 30, 2016
@Jake_Trotter: Win more than five conference games in a season. That would be a start.
@Jake_Trotter if OU loses their next 2 games, is Bob Stoops on the hot seat?
— Aaron (@_AaronMoore_) September 30, 2016
@Jake_Trotter: Incredibly, only once in the last 51 years has Oklahoma started 1-3 or worse (1996, when John Blake started 0-4). But no, Stoops will not be on the hot seat if the Sooners lose to TCU and Texas, even if the villagers become agitated again. Remember, OU went to the playoff last year. You can't fire someone coming off a playoff appearance. Especially not a coach who has delivered 13 double-digit winning seasons in the past 16 years.
— CougarStats (@CougarStats) September 30, 2016
@Jake_Trotter: I'm starting to fear maybe never.