In today's Big 12 Twitter mailbag, we look back at Trevone Boykin's magical Thursday night performance, whether West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen should be on the hot seat and who the best running back in the conference is.
To the 'bag:
@Jake_Trotter if Boykin keeps playing like he is, will he overtake Fournette as the Heisman favorite?
— Kevin Peters (@_DoubleOhKevin) October 30, 2015
Trotter: In next week's Heisman straw polls, including the ESPN Heisman Watch, I would imagine that Trevone Boykin begins plucking away some of Leonard Fournette's first-place votes. His Thursday night performance was that good. This is becoming a clear-cut two-man Heisman race, and right now, Boykin has the momentum.
@Jake_Trotter the Boykin flip was cool, but i thought the side arm pass for the td was more impressive. Thoughts?
— Isaac (@haas_isaac) October 30, 2015
Trotter: Boykin's ability to deliver passes from different arm slots is an underrated part of his game. Adam Rittenberg detailed this earlier in the week and TCU wideout Josh Doctson briefly touched on it after the game Thursday. How do you defend a quarterback that can create windows with his throwing motion on top of being able to evade pretty much most any pass rush? Dana Holgorsen didn't have the answer, and neither do I.
@Jake_Trotter How many more losses until Holgorsen is gone?
— Gavin Albright (@ga_albright) October 30, 2015
Trotter: There's no doubt that West Virginia needs to finish strongly after this mid-season slide. And sure, Holgorsen needs to coach better (what happened there at the end of the first half?). But let's put this four-game losing streak into perspective. The Mountaineers' four conference opponents so far have a combined record of 28-1. Twenty-eight and one! And three of those were on the road. Oh, and did I mention the Mountaineers lost maybe the best defensive player in the league in Karl Joseph? There are only a handful of teams in college football that wouldn't have also gone 0-4 during that stretch.
@Jake_Trotter with Russell being injured, is Doctson now the favorite to win the Biletnikoff over Coleman?
— Chris Conaty (@cmconatyTCU) October 30, 2015
Trotter: I'm not writing off Corey Coleman. In fact, he's so talented he might be able to win the Biletnikoff with me throwing him passes. Well, maybe not. Nevertheless, Coleman is a superstar. Sure, the production could tail off with Jarrett Stidham at quarterback, which would probably seal the award for Doctson, college football's other superstar wide receiver. Yet despite being a true freshman, Stidham is no slouch, and Art Briles, I hear, has a pretty decent track record with quarterbacks. Even with the Seth Russell injury, Coleman is still very much alive for the Biletnikoff.
@Jake_Trotter Being Halloween, what's the horror movie in your opinion?
— Sam Philbeck (@SamPhilbeck25) October 30, 2015
Trotter: "The Ring" always creeped me out. The first "Paranormal Activity" pretty much kept me up for two straight nights. And I remember being scared the first time I saw the "Blair Witch Project."
— Bobby Gideon (@Gideon_II) October 30, 2015
Trotter: Yes, and that's why Kansas hired David Beaty; he has a plan. That begins with enhancing the school's recruiting efforts in Texas, which is already in motion. The Jayhawks have six commitments lined up from the Lone Star State, including a sextet of three-star prospects. Success is going to come slow at Kansas, mostly because it's going to take years for the Jayhawks to build back to 85 scholarship players (they're somewhere in the 60s right now). But Beaty has the right idea and the right plan to move Kansas in the right direction.
@Jake_Trotter do you think paul rhoads keeps his job by the end of the season? Tough stretch. Down the road
— Derek Duke (@DerekDuke25) October 30, 2015
Trotter: I don't know that Saturday against Texas is an absolute make-or-break for Rhoads, but it feels pretty close to it. The Cyclones are 1-16 against ranked opponents since knocking off No. 2 Oklahoma State in 2011, and just 7-24 overall since the end of the 2012 season. Given the change in play-caller and quarterback this week, there's no doubt Rhoads is feeling the urgency to deliver. And even though they aren't ranked, a victory over the Longhorns would constitute a big win, which would change the conversation in Ames and cool Rhoads' seat a bit.
@Jake_Trotter How many spots does TCU drop in the rankings because they played on Thursday?
— Anita Ford (@AFordFA) October 30, 2015
Trotter: The polls don't matter anymore, not that they did to begin with. The College Football Playoff rankings will begin rolling out next Tuesday, and those will be all that matter. I actually think playing on a Thursday, especially the way that it did, will actually help TCU. The primetime spotlight was on the Horned Frogs, and they responded with a sensational performance. I imagine many of the selection committee members were tuning in -- they had to come away impressed with the Frogs.
@Jake_Trotter best RB in Big 12?
— Kacy Cook (@kacyw_) October 30, 2015
Trotter: When he's actually getting the ball, it's Samaje Perine. Shock Linwood and DeAndre Washington and even Aaron Green, Mike Warren and Wendell Smallwood aren't far behind. But no running back in the Big 12 can take over a game the way Perine can.
@Jake_Trotter Did you get chills like everyone else with the Abby Faber recognition?
— Jamie L. Sloan (@jamiesloan) October 30, 2015
Trotter: Awesome moment. Boykin, Gary Patterson and the TCU community, which also raised $33,000 to go toward her medical expenses, should be applauded.
Trevone Boykin visiting with Abby Faber and her family. pic.twitter.com/yFlIwabb5J
— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) October 30, 2015