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The Morning Stake | 2018.08.24

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Texas Tech Soccer

Good Guys: Texas Tech Red Raiders
Bad Guys: San Diego State Aztecs
When to Watch: Friday, August 24th @ 9:00 p.m. CST
Where to Watch: San Diego, California

Texas Tech Volleyball

Good Guys: Texas Tech Red Raiders
Bad Guys: Northwestern State Demons; Rice Owls, North Dakota Fighting Hawks
When to Watch: Friday, August 24th – Saturday, August 25th (Schedule)
Where to Watch: United Supermarkets Arena | Lubbock, Texas

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FiveThirtyEight’s Neil Paine writes that Patrick Mahomes is walking into an ideal situation and few first time starters have as much talent to work with as Mahomes has:

Fortunately, Mahomes will have an incredible arsenal of weapons to choose from when he’s running Andy Reid’s offense this year. At running back, KC boasts a pair of prolific rushers from the past few seasons in Kareem Hunt — who ran for 1,327 yards as a rookie in 2017 — and Spencer Ware, who missed all of 2017 with injury but notched 921 yards on the ground in 2016. Mahomes will also be throwing to wideouts Hill (1,183 receiving yards in 2017) and newcomer Sammy Watkins, who battled injuries in recent years but had 1,047 yards through the air in 2015. Finally, Mahomes can also go to Pro Bowl tight end Travis Kelce, who has racked up at least 1,000 receiving yards in each of the past two seasons — and is widely considered one of the best two TEs in the league, along with Rob Gronkowski.

AthlonSports is picking teams most likely to go over or under the win totals and Steven Lassan thinks you should pick the under with Texas Tech:

Kansas or Oklahoma State are interesting here, but I like the Red Raiders to push on six or win five games. The strength of coach Kliff Kingsbury’s team could be a defense that showed marked improvement in 2017 and brings back nine starters. It’s hard to doubt a Texas Tech offense, but there’s a revamped receiving corps and uncertainty at quarterback. The Red Raiders have two tossup non-conference games (Ole Miss and Houston), along with road trips to Oklahoma State, TCU, Iowa State and Kansas State. Also, of Texas Tech’s six victories last fall, three came by seven points or less. Those close wins were certainly aided by a +14 turnover margin in victories – the highest total of any Big 12 team.

Miscellaneous . . . ESPN notes that former Red Raider quarterback Vincent Testaverde, Jr. will start for the Albany Great Danes against Pitt . . . via TheLedger former Red Raider linebacker Mike Mitchell is playing at Southeastern . . .

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