Big 12 mailbag: Can Texas Tech pull off upset at Arkansas?

Patrick Mahomes and the Red Raiders have quite the gantlet coming up, starting against Arkansas on Saturday. Michael C. Johnson/USA TODAY Sports

In this week's Twitter mailbag, we preview Texas Tech's big game at Arkansas, West Virginia's chances to survive October and whether Oklahoma is for real coming off its overtime win at Tennessee.

By the way, I will be in Fort Worth this weekend to see the Battle for the Iron Skillet between TCU and SMU.

On to the 'bag:

Trotter: I don't see either side really stopping the other, which is why this game probably turns into a shootout. Speaking of Patrick Mahomes, think about this: he has gone five straight games dating to last year with at least four passing TDs and 300 yards through the air. That's the longest streak of any FBS QB. If he stays hot, Tech will have a chance to hang around -- even if Arkansas' offensive line controls the trenches again, which the Hogs probably will. Trotter: If they went 3-0, they'd probably be top 5. But I don't see that happening. If fact, if Tech won any one of its next three games, it would constitute quite an accomplishment and set the Red Raiders up to have a strong second half to the season against a much easier slate. Trotter: Mahomes has been impressive these first two games, but, no. He's still behind Trevone Boykin. That said, he'll have a chance to make a statement during this upcoming three-game stretch. Trotter: The jury is still out. Remember, OU started out very strongly the previous two seasons, winning at Notre Dame in 2013 and West Virginia in 2014, only to wilt later on. That said, this team does have a different feel to it with Baker Mayfield at quarterback. He seems to bring an edge the rest of the players seem feed off of. We'll see if the Sooners can capitalize off that amazing comeback in Knoxville. Trotter: They would probably have to win three of their first four conference games, a gauntlet that includes at OU, Oklahoma State, at Baylor and at TCU. As strong as the Mountaineers have looked early on, the chances of that happening seem fairly slim to me. Trotter: "Epic" is the right word for O'Toole's beard. I said before the season he should change his nickname from "Boomstache" to "Boombeard." As for West Virginia's record through October, 4-3 would be my guess as of today. Trotter: Probably not Kansas. Trotter: Depends on the beer you're serving. Trotter: No. I think K-State can get to nine wins again. But in a retooling/rebuilding year, that feels like the ceiling. Trotter: The Longhorns are better with Jerrod Heard at QB than Tyrone Swoopes. Heard's mobility is a better fit behind this Texas offensive line, which is a mess. Heard, at least, can escape the pocket when it collapses and make plays. But even with Heard and the change at play-caller to Jay Norvell, this offense seems limited, given the line troubles and dearth of proven playmakers at receiver. I'd be surprised if this wasn't a bottom three or four offense in the Big 12.