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The Morning Stake | 2020.11.13

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Running a bit late today. It’s Friday the 13th so don’t walk under any ladders.

* Avalanche-Journal’s Don Williams writes about defensive tackle Jaylon Hutchings and how he listened to Broderick Washington about how he prepared for the NFL:

Hutchings, only a sophomore but a second-year starter for the Red Raiders at nose tackle, can apply some of the same standards to develop his own game.

“I would say the main thing is just his work ethic and how he attacks every day,” Hutchings. “He never (let on) about how he felt. He always was committed to his principles and just working hard. That’s one thing I kind of learned from him was work ethic.”

In a weird twist of fate, I know someone that knows Hutchings mom and this is a good dude and comes from a terrific family.

* Dallas Morning News’ Destine Gibson previews the game and predicts the score.

* AthlonSports’ Allen Kenney also previews the game and predicts the score:

With the number of marquee games around the country dwindling this weekend, this contest may find more eyes on it than your typical matchup of teams residing in the bottom half of the Big 12. Is that a good thing? Each team owns just one conference win this year.

Texas Tech offensive coordinator David Yost will probably want SaRodorick Thompson to carry the rock frequently against Baylor’s unimposing defensive front. In turn, that should take some pressure off of his quarterbacks. Both Utah State transfer Henry Colombi and oft-injured Alex Bowman are expected to see snaps against Baylor.

Their counterpart, Charlie Brewer, provides more of a steadying presence in the Baylor huddle. Although injuries have taken a toll on the veteran field general, the Bears can count on Brewer to string together enough drives to keep up with Tech on the scoreboard. Baylor should find itself in prime position to tack on a late score and put the Bears over the top.

* CBS Sports ranks the 101 best players and Kyler Edwards is rated at #58 and Terrence Shannon is at #83. Here’s the bit on Shannon:

83. Terrence Shannon, Texas Tech: Chris Beard has a way of developing NBA talents, and Shannon may be next in line here to benefit from a second-year star turn. The 6-6 sophomore has excellent positional size and athleticism and returns to lead a talented Texas Tech team after averaging 9.8 points and 4.1 boards per game in 2019-20. — KB

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