In this week's Big 12 Twitter mailbag, we re-examine the conference race, analyze Patrick Mahomes' Heisman chances and debate why West Virginia isn't getting more respect after a 2-0 start.
On to the 'bag:
@Jake_Trotter does OU have a chance to win to the conference despite starting 1-2?
- Gavin Rose (@BirdCatOOC) September 22, 2016
Trotter: Sure. In fact, I still consider Oklahoma the conference favorite. But the Sooners are no longer the clear-cut favorite they were before the season. Baylor, Oklahoma State, TCU and Texas are all right there, and I wouldn't be stunned if a sixth team (Kansas State? West Virginia? Texas Tech?) didn't have some say in the conference race. The silver lining of the Big 12 potentially not having any great team is that the conference race figures to be wide open.
@Jake_Trotter Weak non-con or strong non-con scheduling. Which is better?
- Stephen (@SDuke108) September 22, 2016
Trotter: Strong nonconference scheduling is paramount in the playoff era. The selection committee is not dumb. And who you beat collectively in the nonconference will be a big determinant in whether your conference puts a team in the playoff. Of course, you need to win those games, which the Big 12 mostly hasn't this season. But you can't win them if you don't schedule them.
@Jake_Trotter Does Charlie Strong roll his sleeves up and get his hands dirty with the Texas defense? Is it enough? What happens to Vance?
- Narayan (@NarayanBhargava) September 22, 2016
Trotter: Hasn't he already declared as much? I really don't understand Texas' defensive struggles. There's too much talent back there for this to be an average Big 12 defense. So whether it's Charlie Strong getting more involved or Strong demoting Vance Bedford, I still believe Texas is more than capable of turning the corner defensively this season.
@Jake_Trotter Could Mahomes get invited to NYC for heisman ceremony if TTU averages 50+ ppg, he throws for 5500+, 45+ TDs but team loses 6?
- Blandon (@Elitist_Fan) September 22, 2016
Trotter: I think he'd need to do better, both in wins and numbers, to be considered for the Heisman. Remember, Graham Harrell threw for more than 5,000 yards and 45 touchdowns, won 11 games and still didn't get an invite. Pat Mahomes probably would need to either break the FBS passing record -- or come within striking distance of it -- and win eight or so games to generate enough support to get to New York.
@Jake_Trotter looking at all of his past pupils, has any single active QB coach had the same production as Kingsbury?
- Chas Gold (@Chas_Gold) September 22, 2016
Trotter: Say what you will about Tech's defense, Kliff Kingsbury has been flashing major chops as a quarterbacks coach these last five years. He signed the nation's top two statistical passers and coached another that finished fourth in the Heisman voting last year. That is pretty incredible, when you think about it.
- Zach Low (@zach__low) September 22, 2016
Trotter: I have a limited word count for this mailbag and don't want to use it up answering one question.
@Jake_Trotter Why no love for WVU in the polls? They looked far better vs Mizzou than UGA did.
- Matt (@FrogFan555) September 22, 2016
Trotter: Personally, I want to see more from the Mountaineers. Maybe it's because they burned me last year, as I had them as a sleeper Big 12 contender. But after failing to win more than seven regular-season games once since joining the Big 12, I imagine West Virginia is not going to get the benefit of the doubt in the polls until it proves itself on the field past beating one mediocre SEC opponent.
@Jake_Trotter If Dana wins 9games this year is he safe or will he be fired?
- Jackson Byrd (@Byrdman301) September 22, 2016
Trotter: If Dana Holgorsen wins nine games, not only will his job be safe, he'll probably be the Big 12 Coach of the Year.
@Jake_Trotter are u gonna try to cover t another conference because the big 12 days seem numbered
- Salman Hamid (@salmanH96) September 22, 2016
Trotter: Any of you out there have a connection to the Sun Belt? Asking for a friend.
@Jake_Trotter Dude expect some tweets Saturday night after picking BYU most will not endorse your intelligent pick & likely be unflattering!
- GNield (@WVU83) September 22, 2016
Trotter: That's what I'm here for -- your mean tweets.