The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake | 2018.09.18

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Leading Off

This is going to sound like a strange suggestion, but here’s a gentle reminder to try to set a date night, maybe next Saturday, with your significant other. The West Virginia game is at 11:00 a.m. so you’ll have the evening free. Be proactive and go score some brownie points.

This may be something only I care about, but Kenyana Eliud Kipchoge broke the world record for a marathon of 26.2 miles by a time of 2:01:39 taking 78 seconds off of the previous world record. OutsideOnline’s Alex Hutchinson takes a look at Kipchoge race and it’s just a matter of time before someone runs a marathan (unassisted like in the Nike lab) for less than 2 hours and that’s an amazing thing to consider.

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Patrick Mahomes gets the Peter King treatment in Football Morning in America and I think that I think that we were awfully lucky to watch Patrick Mahomes because eh’s awesome:

Players make plays. Patrick Mahomes leads the NFL in making them. He’s quickly becoming the big story of this NFL season. In the Chiefs’ 42-37 win over the Steelers—the first win for Kansas City in Pittsburgh since 1986—Mahomes threw six touchdown passes and no interceptions. Watching a good portion of it on CBS, I’m surprised Ian Eagle finished the game with a voice. What Mahomes is doing has never been done. No player, never mind a player in his second and third NFL starts, has opened a season with a 10-to-0 touchdown-to-interception ratio in two games. Now, it’s only an eighth of the season, but Mahomes has gone on the road twice, played playoff contenders with Hall of Fame-contender quarterbacks (Philip Rivers, Ben Roethlisberger), gone 2-0, put up 80 points, and thrown touchdown passes to four wideouts, a tight end, a running back and a fullback.

It’s not just the raw numbers. It’s the way he’s done it. Watch Mahomes play, and you see an eight-year vet, or someone who plays like one. No happy feet, no real highs of emotion, calm in the pocket even when there’s traffic. He’s in such a perfect system, with speedy and talented wideouts, the defending NFL rushing champion and a tight end bettered in today’s game only by the great Gronk. Andy Reid just spreads the field—five of the six touchdown passes Sunday came on two-by-two formations—and lets Mahomes find the open guy. He doesn’t care who it is.

Tulsa World’s Bill Haisten writes about Kliff Kingsbury finding his quarterback in Alan Bowman and hopefully ending Oklahoma State’s win streak:

At some point, Oklahoma State’s win streak over Texas Tech will come to end.

Two weeks ago, I didn’t believe there was a chance it would end this season.

Now?

Look out for Texas Tech.

In what could be a job-saving development, Kingsbury has found a quarterback. In the first true road start of freshman Alan Bowman’s career, he brings a dynamic right arm to Stillwater on Saturday.

High praise from Gundy: Bowman, the coach says, “is certainly one I’m guessing we all wish we would have (recruited).”

Miscellaneous . . . sometimes I forget that ESPN still writes about the Big 12 (they used to be the only people that really wrote about conferences), but here is ESPN’s Big 12 power rankings with Texas Tech at 6 . . . Heartland College Sports’ Derek Duke has their good, bad and ugly weekly post with Texas Tech showing up in the good portion . . . Heartland College Sports’ Pete Mundo has his Big 12 power rankings and has Texas Tech at 7th overall . . .

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