The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake | 2018.09.25

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Well, one of the kids has officially gotten me sick. Sore throat, sneezing, stuffy nose, and I think a slight fever. I’m getting the Morning Stake out, but I probably won’t be around much after that.

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Yahoo Sports’ Pat Forde writes about teams that were terrible in their opening game, but much better after that and included is Texas Tech:

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What’s changed: The Red Raiders are actually balanced offensively, running it 138 times the past three games and throwing it 140. That’s compared to 39 runs and 56 passes against Ole Miss. Outrushing Oklahoma State by 96 yards was a statement — it was the first time in seven games that Tech had out-rushed a Big 12 opponent. Freshman quarterback Alan Bowman is good, but the team is better off if he isn’t throwing it 50-plus times per game.

Is it real: If Texas Tech can back up the win in Stillwater by beating undefeated West Virginia Saturday in Lubbock, it may be time to buy in.

ESPN’s Bill Barnwell writes an NFL guide to copying the Kansas City Chief’s offense, and a lot of this is about how great Patrick Mahomes has been through the first three weeks of the season:

Mahomes deserves his own section. He has become the first quarterback in league history to throw 13 touchdown passes over the first three games of a season. He is averaging 12.4 adjusted yards per pass over the first three weeks, which would be the second-best start to a season in league history for a player with 25 passes or more per game, placing Mahomes just in between seasons from Otto Graham (1953) and Tom Brady (2007). The fact that the Texas Tech product is pulling this off in his second, third and fourth career starts makes this even more remarkable.

Obviously, plenty of organizations across the league are looking enviously at the Chiefs and wishing their offense seemingly generated points at will. As much as they might imagine having Mahomes in their building, a good chunk of the league had its chance. Ten teams passed on their shot at drafting Mahomes, including the Browns, Bears, Jets and Bills, each of whom drafted a quarterback in the top 10 of the 2017 or 2018 drafts.

A-J Media’s Carlos Silva, Jr. writes about Texas Tech preparing for West Virginia:

“Offensively, with Jake (Spavital), week in and week out he’s going to have a great gameplan,” Kingsbury said of the Mountaineers (3-0, 1-0), who are averaging 42 points per game this season. “He’s going to have a bunch of new wrinkles. They have dynamic skill, as good as anybody in the country across the board. So we’re going to have our hands full.”

Miscellaneous . . . SB Nation’s Bill Connelly has his new S&P+ rankings and has Texas Tech up to 34, which is up 17 spots, while West Virginia is at 10th . . . ESPN has their conference power rankings and has Texas Tech 4th overall . . . CBS Sports has their power rankings and have Texas Tech 23rd overall . . .

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