The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake | 2022.11.05

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Game day!

Game Info

Texas Tech Red Raiders (4-4, 2-3)
TCU Horned Frogs (8-0, 5-0)
November 5th @ 11:00 a.m.
Amon G. Carter Stadium – Fort Worth, TX
TCU -9.5
FOX | FOX Sports live
Mostly Sunny, 71-55

Game Day Links

Star Telegram’s Steven Johnson: Steven Johnson: Three reasons why TCU rolls or stumbles in the Battle for the Saddle Trophy

1. No halftime adjustments this time: The saving grace for TCU on defense has been how the unit has been able to lock in at the half after shaky starts. The Horned Frogs have been much better in the second half defensively than the first, but what happens if the Red Raiders start fast and keep their foot on the pedal?
Similar to West Virginia, the Tech offense is capable of putting up points in a hurry and head coach Sonny Dykes said earlier this week TCU would be playing with fire if the team lets Texas Tech get rolling.

Lubbock Avalanche-Journal’s Don Williams: Texas Tech football takes aim at No. 7 TCU in battle for The Saddle

To keep their perfect season going, smoother starts seem a must.
“We’re going to need to — I think this week in particular,” Dykes said, “because these (Tech) guys kind of score points in bunches. So we’re going to need to start faster than we have. I think we can. I think we will.”
Dykes didn’t like some of what he saw in TCU’s 41-31 victory last week, another narrow escape given that it was a 34-31 game with four minutes left. Dykes said his team showed “some symptoms of an illness” that began in practice last week.
“I did a poor job of making sure that we did things to our standard during the week,” he said. “I think it bled over to Saturday, so we’ve addressed those things with our players. I think we’ve kind of refocused. Normally, when you do that, you lose a game. We were fortunate enough to win a game and have a chance to tighten things back up a little bit. We’ve got to get more stops early in the game, and I’m confident that we will.”

Midland Reporter-Telegram’s Oscar LeRoy: LEROY: McGuire hopes Morton, Tech bounce back against No. 7 TCU

On3: 2023 WR Kaleb Smith decommits from Texas Tech, trending towards Notre Dame

Action Network: Texas Tech vs TCU Odds, Picks, Predictions | NCAAF Betting Preview


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