The Morning Stake: August 24th

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 A-J Media’s Don Williams reports on yesterday’s kickoff luncheon, discussing the Sports Performance Center, the new iPads for every athlete in every program and the impact of strength coach Rusty Whitt.

 Sports Illustrated released their crystal ball predictions for the season and our buddy Bruce Feldman says that the Texas Tech defense will not be awful:

Feldman: Texas Tech will not be awful on defense. The Red Raiders have added some athletic DBs and now have some continuity in David Gibbs’s system. I’m not saying they’ll be the ’85 Bears, but for the first time since 2013 they won’t have one of the five-worst defenses in FBS.

No one has ever said that Texas Tech won’t be awful at something and me feeling so proud.

 Via the Las Vegas Sun, writes that Texas Tech is likely to be in the decline without Patrick Mahomes because Texas Tech won’t play defense:

Not to pick on teams that few expect much from anyway, but Texas Tech has a glaring weakness that can’t be ignored. As usual, the Red Raiders are unlikely to play any defense. Texas Tech ranked last in the nation in 2016 by giving up 7.3 yards per play against Football Bowl Subdivision opponents, and could be even worse this year. The Red Raiders at least mounted decent pressure in 2016, but lost three of its four starting defensive linemen to graduation. Texas Tech has held it together enough to go 15-10 against the spread the last two seasons in large part because of outrageous production from now-departed quarterback Patrick Mahomes. Even though the nature of Texas Tech’s offense virtually guarantees another season of producing big numbers, it would be foolish not to expect at least a small decline without Mahomes.

 Miscellaneous . . . Sports on Earth’s Matt Brown ranks all 130 of the FBS teams and has Texas Tech at #69 (nice) . . .

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