1. Texas Tech’s offense with Patrick Mahomes is purring like a fine-tuned West Texas windmill, but the Red Raiders might need one of those Donald Trump walls to keep Arkansas’ Hogs from running all the way to Texarkana next week.
2. Oklahoma got the best experience in winning a close game on the road at Tennessee. The Sooners fought back from 17 down in a difficult environment. They’ll be in a lot of those in the weeks to come.
3. Among Big 12 QBs, perhaps Fort Worth native Skyler Howard of West Virginia has gotten off to the best start, 622 yards passing with five TDs and no interceptions. Mahomes has more yards and TDs, but he and TCU’s Trevone Boykin each have two interceptions.
4. Considering the current price of oil, T. Boone Pickens apparently has turned to football futures, forecasting a nine- or 10-victory windfall for his beloved Oklahoma State, which didn’t exactly look like Rockne’s Notre Dame in the first half against Central Arkansas.
5. Proving that a bungling attack isn’t always better than the most skillful defense, Stephen F. Austin also showed beyond doubt that sometimes resistance is futile.
6. When is it time to begin wondering about Baylor? The Bears have treated inferior opponents with the benevolence of university President Ken Starr, who gave coach Art Briles a big, warm pregame embrace on Saturday.
7. Plane stalking the air around Texas’ Memorial Stadium carrying a banner with the message “Patterson must go” was the most aggressive play at Texas in the past two years.
8. In being shut out by No. 1 Ohio State, Hawaii received a sneak peak of the NFL Pro Bowl-caliber talent coming in February.