Not Up to Potential. LAJ’s Nicholas Talbot writes that in Texas Tech’s loss to Oklahoma, it was not indicative of Texas Tech’s potential:
Texas Tech’s season is not doomed.
They will win again this season — even if it is not next week against Oklahoma State. And with five wins already that means they will even make a bowl game.
The only thing Saturday’s loss proved is that Patrick Mahomes is human.
The Texas Tech quarterback can’t do it all by himself and he can make mistakes and — gasp — throw interceptions.
Yeah, I know he threw four of them.
Make no mistake, Mahomes and the Red Raiders have not played well the last two weeks on the road. They barely beat a winless Kansas team and then yes, gave up 405 rushing yards to Oklahoma.
Notebook: Sadler Returns. LAJ’s Nicholas Talbot has a notebook of things, including the return of IR Ian Sadler, which is a really good thing, the injury to Oklahoma CB Zach Sanchez, the play of the offensive line, Baker Mayfield trying to steal signals from the offensive plays (Kingsbury said that Texas Tech’s offense doesn’t work that way).
Amaro on Mayfield. Via LAJ’s Nicholas Talbot, I don’t follow a ton of athletes and I’m desperately trying to follow the game and not worried as much about Twitter, but how about this exchange:
After Baker Mayfield threw an interception midway through the second quarter that helped the Red Raiders pull within four former Red Raider tight end Jace Amaro had this to say on Twitter: “I remember those.”
Mayfield was asked about the tweet afterward.
“I honestly haven’t seen it and couldn’t care less,” Mayfield said. “He was one of my receivers. He was one of my teammates. I played with him. I cared about him then and I’ve moved on. Whatever he says, that means nothing to me.”
Miscellaneous. LAJ’s Nicholas Talbot must have had the game for the week and wrote all three stories and he has the recap for the game . . . DMN’s Michael DuPont has the national reaction from the game . . . ESPN’s Brandon Chatmon has the Big 12 bowl predictions and still has Texas Tech at the AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl . . . ESPN’s Max Olson has this week’s Big 12 power rankings and Texas Tech falls a spot to #5 . . . the DMN has their Best in Texas poll . . . SAEN’s Tim Griffin has his ranking of the teams in Texas (it’s in the margin on the right) . . .