The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake | 2022.12.19

Another day.


Head Coach Joey McGuire had 3 Ric Flair Woooooo’s yesterday. I haven’t seen anything official about any of the 3, so we’ll just hold tight. On3’s Peter Warren is reporting that Texas commit Dylan spencer is predicted to commit to Texas Tech. Spencer (6-4/240) is a 4-star defensive end from C.E. King in Houston. Obviously, that would be a huge get for Blanchard & DeRuyter. And the December signing day is Wednesday, so there’s a chance that we’ll have to wait until then to find out.

Rivals joins in the party and predicts two commits, Spencer and ULL linebacker commit Justin Horne (6-1/200) out of John Curtis in New Orleans. Believe it or not, Horne runs track, the hurdles specifically, a 13.85 in the 110-meter and 38.25 in 300-meter. And if you’re thinking that Texas Tech is getting in late, that would be incorrect as they were one of the first programs to offer along with Tulane, Vanderbilt, Troy, and Tulane on May 3, 2022.

And if we do a bit of sleuthing, there’s a prediction that ULM defensive tackle Quincy Ledet, Jr. (6-2/294) is being projected to transfer to Texas Tech through the transfer portal. Ledet played in 12 games last year, finishing with 37 tackles, 5.0 TFL, and 3.0 sacks.

CT Insider’s Mike Anthony writes about former Red Raider linebacker Brandon Bouyer-Randle who is playing for UConn and the job that Jim Mora did to turn the Huskies around and get to a bowl has been nothing short of incredible. UConn takes on Marshall today in the myrtle Beach Bowl with kickoff at 1:30


CBS Sports’ Gary Parrish ranks the top 25 every day and on Sunday he removed Texas Tech from the top 25, largely because Texas Tech has been fading:

I’ve had Texas Tech ranked for a while based on the idea that when I added the Red Raiders they had 1) good computer numbers, and 2) nothing but losses to teams ranked ahead of them. Neither of those things remain true. One of Texas Tech’s two losses is to a Creighton team that’s now lost six straight games. That’s obviously not good. Beyond that, the Red Raiders are down to 66th in the NET, 48th in Sagarin, 37th at and 36th at Literally no reputable computer still has the Red Raiders in the top 30. They’re 0-2 in the first two quadrants with zero wins over schools ranked in the top 150 of the NET.

It’s hard to disagree overall, Texas Tech has faded quite a bit of late. The only caveat is that I don’t think that Creighton is fully healthy (their center has been out a few games), but that’s a pretty small in comparison to how Texas Tech has played since they got back from Hawaii. This will all get figured out when conference play starts, which is the end of December.


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