Some observations while watching the gridiron journey Saturday of America’s football student-athletes.
1 In addition to knowing how to do postgame news conferences, Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury also knows how to develop college quarterbacks, especially now considering the show-and-tell of Patrick Mahomes in an upset of Arkansas. Kingsbury’s latest protégé is growing into a mature football adult with all the tools of the trade: leadership, poise, judgment, competitiveness, accuracy and mobility.
2 Kingsbury, though, will have to deal with his shadow one day in the near future. Former Tech QB Baker Mayfield is setting new standards at Oklahoma. Consider: A school-record 572 yards of total offense in a victory over Tulsa.
3 They won’t say it — mostly because of how punishing karma can be — but Texas Tech must be licking its chops in welcoming TCU and its limping defense to Lubbock this week, the same Frogs who piled up 82 points on the wounded Red Raiders a year ago in Fort Worth.
4 Between the new AD and the performance of the new quarterback this week, Texas fans will be happy to live with its kicker, who didn’t miss an extra point but an essential point, and an inexplicable one-point loss to Cal. (For one week, at least.)
5 It’s difficult to see “invincible” Ohio State as the clear-cut No. 1 when it can’t settle on a clear-cut No. 1 quarterback.