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The Morning Stake | 2017.11.03

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A-J Media’s Don Williams writes about all of those early kickoffs and how it’s a television thing (and needing to have a better record):

None of this is new, of course, and it’s not limited to Tech. A couple of years ago, Oklahoma fans and merchants were the ones with a beef when seven Sooners home games out of 13 started before noon.

So the Big 12, and Burda, who handles communications for the conference, hears it from all corners in regard to morning kickoff times.

“We do quite a bit,” he said. “As you know, and I’m sure you’re hearing it there, in a perfect world, everybody wants to play in mid-afternoon or early evening. There’s just so many windows in those time slots to go around. Then you couple it with the commitment our television partners have with other conferences and that’s why see college football scheduled throughout the entire day on a Saturday.”

Don also writes that we should feel a tad bit lucky that the game is even on television and for me, yes, that’s absolutely great, but it would be nice to see the Big 12 get picked for better spots and the television partners did a better job of picking those high profile games, i.e. some person thought it would be good to put Kansas vs. TCU on primetime.

Wichita Eagle’s Kellis Robinett previews the game and gives a prediction (which you’ll need to click on over to read) and here’s his key matchup:

Key matchup: Alex Barnes vs. Texas Tech’s defensive front. Barnes has topped 100 rushing yards in back-to-back games, and he may need make it a three-peat to give K-State a chance if this turns into a shootout. Barnes, a sophomore, did most of his damage out of the wildcat formation last week, running for 128 yards and two touchdowns against Kansas. He also broke loose for a 75-yard touchdown run against Oklahoma. Texas Tech is allowing 160 rushing yards per game. Barnes will need to take advantage by churning out long runs that keep the Red Raiders’ offense off the field.

DMN’s EJ Holland talked with Inside the Red Raiders Zach Tanner about Texas Tech on the recruiting trail and asked if the Kingsbury rumors are affecting recruiting:

ZT: Definitely. The uncertainty surrounding the program and ensuing negative recruiting have contributed to multiple decommitments and lost recruiting battles. What is most concerning is how long this has impacted the program’s recruiting — dating to December of last year — with multiple prospects either committed to or playing for other programs that were seriously considering Tech. However, this current staff is generally well-thought-of by many high-caliber recruits and if Kingsbury is able to turn things around in Lubbock, the sky is the limit for future classes.

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