In Tuesday's mailbag, we discuss the chances of Baylor and West Virginia going 11-0, the defenses of Oklahoma and Texas Tech, whether Texas is back, Halloween candy and much more.
@max_olson What percentage odds would you have at WVU and Baylor making it to their December matchup undefeated?
— Josh Peterson (@joshtweeterson) October 25, 2016
Olson: Good question to get the mailbag started. Whether you love ESPN FPI or not, its data at least gives us a solid starting point for this discussion. The odds of West Virginia starting 11-0, according to FPI, are currently 12 percent. For Baylor, the odds of going 11-0 are 9 percent.
Both have three more games away from home before their Dec. 3 showdown. Both still have to play Oklahoma. And on top of that, it’s just plain hard to go undefeated in the Big 12’s round-robin schedule. I bet both have at least one loss entering December, but as long as one of them beats OU, the finale can still be a de facto Big 12 title game.
@max_olson is Texas back?
- Brian Langford (@aBrianLangford) October 25, 2016
@max_olson what will be the number one thing to look for in the Texas Baylor game
- Art Vandelay (@hunter_ryberg) October 25, 2016
Olson: Look for Baylor's wide receivers to have a dominant day against Texas' cornerbacks. I honestly have no idea how the Longhorns will stop KD Cannon, Ishmael Zamora and Chris Platt from going off in this game.
@max_olson % chance Perine & Mixon both go pro? % chance Baker goes pro or leaves for graduate transfer?
- trevor (@trevbwake) October 25, 2016
Olson: I think there's a good chance Joe Mixon will consider it. NFL scouts will love his game and his versatility. It's probably a little less likely Samaje Perine goes, but still possible, and I really can't imagine Baker Mayfield wanting to play on any other college team in 2017. He should come back for his senior year.
@max_olson would have mark stoops already been fired if he wasn't bobs brother?
- CK (@Ck_Seidle) October 25, 2016
Olson: Probably not. Oklahoma did have the No. 1 defense in the Big 12 last season, right? And that defense lost four veterans who started 35-plus games. Did people think those departures would have no impact? Sure, I expected Mike Stoops' 2016 defense to be better than this. They're giving up scores on 45 percent of all drives this season, the second-worst rate in the conference behind Texas Tech. That's not good. But I didn't expect utter dominance, either.
@max_olson what does Tech have to do? I'm losing it man
- Mark 🖐 (@jamesmarkhand) October 25, 2016
Olson: I wish I had a better answer for you than this, because it's the same as last year: Texas Tech needs to develop some ballers on defense. And that takes time. Their leading tackler, Jordyn Brooks, is a true freshman. Guys such as Breiden Fehoko and Jah'Shawn Johnson are still young. D'Vonta Hinton hasn't been healthy. These guys need to grow up, and Tech's staff has to continue to find three-star gems and starter-caliber transfers on defense.
@max_olson too early to see your big 12 basketball preseason rankings?
- Grant Kawata (@GrantKawata) October 25, 2016
Olson: Bold prediction: Kansas is going to win the Big 12 this year.
@max_olson best Halloween candy?
- Colin Burns (@clnbrns) October 25, 2016
Olson: First off, I should confess I think candy corn is pretty decent. I don't have one favorite candy, we usually just go with the best mixed bag of fun-sized stuff we can find. If it has some combination of Reese's, Butterfinger, Kit Kit or Twix, that's fine by me.
@max_olson Is David S. Pumpkins a great character or the greatest character?
- Taylor Midkiff (@taylormidkiff) October 25, 2016
Olson: The best. This week's mailbag GIF honored the legendary David S. Pumpkins. As is always the case in the Big 12: The scariest thing to the mind is the unknown!