The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake: September 9th

Your daily dose of all things Texas Tech athletics.


original-double-t The soccer team will host Oral Roberts and then travels to North Carolina to take on Appalachian State on Sunday. On Friday, you get a free koozie and sunglasses when you go to the match, so get there.


original-double-t The volleyball team will have four games, two on Friday and two on Saturday, both days games are at noon and six each day, the teams being abilene Christian, Stephen F. Austin, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and Oral Roberts.


original-double-t Arizona State defensive coordinator Keith Patterson wasn’t too complimentary of Texas Tech’s offensive line, but he was very complimentary of QB Patrick Mahomes, via Arizona Sports Craig Grialou, Patterson compares Mahomes to a Hall of Fame basketball player:

“He kind of plays football like Magic Johnson played point guard,” he said, pointing out Mahomes completed passes to 17 different receivers in Texas Tech’s 69-17 season-opening win against Stephen F. Austin. “He’s big. He’ll run up in there (in the pocket) and all of a sudden you’ve got guys converging on him and whoever you left in coverage, he’ll just dump it right over your head. We have a plan to try and cast a net and keep him in, like everyone else does, but that’s easier said than done sometimes with a guy of his ability.”

original-double-tRRS’s Aaron Dickens recaps the head coach Kliff Kingsbury radio show, which included Kingsbury and offensive coordinator Eric Morris. Lots of good little tidbits there, including wanting to run the ball a bit more as well as the team watching the new Jason Bourne movie on Friday night in Tempe and that if he could pick any singer to sing the national anthem, it would be Rihanna and I would second that.

original-double-tLAJ’s Don Williams writes about the best quarterbacks ever at Texas Tech, and despite his terrific 2015 season and has some things that Mahomes would have to do to be involvedin that conversation, much of it based on his team winning a certain number of games or reaching certain milestones. For my money, Mahomes is physically the most talented and I’m comfortable saying that now.

original-double-tAZ Central’s Doug Haller has an extensive post practice report from Wednesday that I missed. Lots of detail about who is playing where from Arizona State’s side of things.

original-double-t Miscellaneous . . . Mercury News’ Jon Wilner picks this week’s Pac-12 games and picks Texas Tech to win . . . ESPN’s Big 12 Blog Bros pick this week’s games (and it appears that maybe Mitch Sherman has maybe replaced Brandon Chatmon?) and they all three pick Texas Tech, so we’re all doomed . . . FOX Sports’ Bruce Feldman picks a handful of games and picks Texas Tech to win . . . Football Study Hall’s Bill Connelly has his week 2 picks and we’re split on picks, which means that it’s predicted to be a close game . . . via LGG, the Iowa State student senate is totally against BYU joining the Big 12.


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