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By KEVIN HASKIN

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Musings at the mid-month:

• Much was made about the missing pieces on Kansas City’s defense when the Chiefs lost to Buffalo.

• The defense actually held up pretty well in the three-point defeat; better than a leaky offensive line.

• One question: As bad as the Chiefs secondary has looked at times, will it matter that much when starting cornerbacks return?

• Still like the Chiefs to advance as AFC West champs but isn’t that a given anymore?

• In a season when the division supposedly could be the best in football, rivals have disappointed.

• The Broncos are unwatchable. But can they get on some kind of roll by December when they first play the Chiefs?

• Happy for San Diego to see the Padres advance to the National League championship series.

• Especially after the Chargers moved to Los Angeles to play before hostile crowds the entire season.

• Didn’t count on the road to a Big 12 football breakthrough running through TCU for both KU and K-State.

• Of course, none of us saw the rise of the Jayhawks, who will become bowl eligible.

• That requires one more victory. They’ll get it.

• Jalon Daniels means a lot to that team but not quite everything.

•KU wins at Oklahoma with Daniels and could have won with Jason Bean playing quarterback had the defense played a lick.

• Kenny Logan needed more help in Norman. Dude hovers, covers and smothers.

• What K-State did to heal during an off week and find offensive rhythm will determine if it beats TCU on Saturday.

• If so, the Wildcats gain the outright distinction as the team to beat in the balanced Big 12.

• What has impressed me most about Adrian Martinez didn’t result in a big play, though his late burst to seal the win at Oklahoma showed me a lot.

• No, the moment that sticks in my mind came after a postgame TV interview.

• After finishing his remarks, Martinez stuck around and shook the hand of the sideline reporter.

• Martinez seems quite polished and professional. Credit him and his family.

• Probably the only reason I saw that handshake was that the game was carried on Plus, Now, Unchosen for real TV … whatever we call the Big 12 streaming channel.

• An inexperienced camera operator might have panned away from the interviewer a little slower than usual.

• The K-State defense is sturdy. I just don’t know how much any defense can be expected to withstand college football’s timing rules as games drag on.

• No interceptions thrown by Martinez at the halfway mark of the season is impressive.

• Will he try to fire into more tight windows? He might have to win with a so-so group of receivers.

• Offensively, look to Oklahoma’s Dillon Gabriel as proof of the value a quarterback provides a football team.

• Can Texas at least win a road game before analysts prop up the Longhorns as a potential playoff qualifier? Of their two defeats (two, mind you), one was at Texas Tech.

• Oklahoma State might not be a bad choice as a home dog against Texas on Saturday.

• I really thought KU would cover last week and quite possibly beat Oklahoma.

• I really need to get off my betting app.

• Being up on the year is directly attributable to riding KU.

• No team in the Big 12 is getting through the league undefeated in conference play. An 8-1 finisher might surprise me.

• Sounds as if KU didn’t provide a great video/audio experience for those who could not attend Late Night.

• Ages ago, before every basketball game aired, and even before everyone had color television sets, viewers could watch special productions of games between KU and K-State.

• While I’m reminiscing about “back in the day,” I suppose I should wear Chuck Taylor high-tops, sing cigar or cigarette jingles, and cook with lard.

• Nonetheless, a bonafide telecast of Late Night would have been nice.

• The unveiling of the latest national championship banner demanded it.

• When KU is the reigning national basketball champ but not favored to win the Big 12, I like how Bill Self can spin that as motivation.

• Count me among those eager to see an overhaul to modernize KU’s Memorial Stadium.

• Also, don’t underestimate the significance of the new indoor football practice facility at K-State.

• Never bad to replace metal buildings with limestone and mortar.

• Or, in KU’s case, add some new limestone, mortar and amenities to a historic structure.

• Coolest thing I’ve seen so far this football season — in person, on television, streamed, recorded or highlighted  — happened in Silver Lake.

• The tribute the community pulled off for C.J. Hamilton, the state’s all-time winningest high school coach, made me understand again the value and influence a great coach can have.

• Many Silver Lake players and students have gone on to great things. The structure C.J. provided is a common thread each of them share.

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