The Morning Stake: August 31st


Get to know newcomers Sophia Canales and Maggie Sagers.


RRS’s Drew Kohnle has a lengthy interview with Rayford Young, the father of 5-star point guard Trae Young. I don’t know how much chance to really give Chris Beard on landing Young, but it’s not because Beard & Co. are afraid of the competition and it isn’t for lack of trying. It’s a good article and worth your read. Make sure and get to that last paragraph.


LGG’s Brady Trantham writes about how Patrick Mahomes is looking to not just be the best quarterback in Texas, but in the Big 12 as well.

ESPN’s Mark Schlabach predicts the Power Five conferences, thinks Texas Tech will finish 5th overall and is the team most likely to rise and also thinks that Patrick Mahomes will throw 50 touchdowns.

3. Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes will throw 50 touchdowns: The Red Raiders have had plenty of strong-armed quarterbacks come through their quarterback-friendly system. But Mahomes might be the best one yet. He’ll throw for more than 5,500 yards with 50 touchdowns to lead Tech to a winning record in Big 12 play for the first time since 2009.

Miscellaneous . . . FOX Sports’ Stewart Mandel predicts that Texas tech will play Utah in the Cactus Bowl . . . this is pretty fascinating stuff, from Sports TV Ratings and it details just exactly how much ESPN is making just on affiliates, which is how much DirectV, Comcast, etc. pay for those rights . . . FOX Sports’ Bruce Feldman has 10 bold predictions for the year and thinks that all of Kingsbury’s former quarterbacks will shine (that list includes Baker Mayfield, Davis Webb, Matt Davis and Patrick Mahomes) . . . RRS’s Aaron Dickens has a lengthy notebook sort of post, taking a look at preseason camp among other things . . . FWST’s Carlos Mendez has a preview of Texas Tech for the Startlegram . . .

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