Baker Mayfield, normally solid, had a poor game on Thursday night, completing just 21 of 40 passes for 216 yards, a touchdown and three interceptions. Entering the game, the freshman quarterback had 780 yards with seven touchdowns and no picks thrown. He has proven himself as a solid young quarterback and could be one of the top gunslingers in the nation before his time is done at Texas Tech.
As I said earlier, the Red Raiders are serious contenders this season in the Big 12. Their next four games are against teams with a combined record of 4-2, but none of them have been tested early in the season. After that, this team has two tough road games, that could easily be losses, in the Oklahoma Sooners and Texas Longhorns. However, if neither team can figure out their weaknesses this year, the Red Raiders could swoop in and take advantage.
Sure, Kliff Kingsbury‘s Tech squad is atop the Big 12 conference right now with a 3-0 record, but if it can stymie TCU like it did, Texas Tech will be in good shape when the season comes to an end.
It wasn’t just Mayfield that proved this team is going to be successful, it was fellow freshman quarterback Davis Webb that led the Red Raiders in the drive that led to the winning score. This team might surprise some people in 2013.