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The Morning Stake: October 7th


original-double-t If anyone wants to get me a scarf that would be totally cool. A really tough weekend for the soccer team, hosting Oklahoma State and Baylor this weekend, OSU tonight at 6:00 p.m. and Baylor at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Lady Raider Basketball

original-double-t The Lady Raiders and Red Raiders are set to host a homecoming pep rally (see the tweet below) and LAJ’s Krista Pirtle has additional details.

original-double-tLAJ’s Nicholas Talbot writes about the new talent for the Lady Raiders:

All three were four-star recruits at one point and Brooks was Indiana’s leading scorer as both a freshman and a sophomore. Caldwell was the No. 9 recruit in the country when she initially signed with UCLA, according to ESPN’s Hoopgurlz. Terry was also a four-star recruit, but she didn’t find a ton of playing time at Texas A&M before transferring to Lubbock.

“There is an advantage when you can coach (transfers) for a year before you put them in a game,” Whitaker said. “We are excited (the season) is almost here and we just have to polish things up, play together and stay healthy.”

Also joining the fray is four-star recruit and former Abilene Wylie star, Brittany Brewer, and IMG Academy’s Arella Guirantes, who was the No. 100 recruit in the Class of 2016. Brewer is a 6-foot-4 power forward while Guirantes is a 6-foot wing. Grayson Bright, a three-star recruit out of Mansfield Fossil Ridge, rounds out the newcomers. Juniors Dayo Olabode and Ionna McKenzie are also expected to contribute heavily in the front court.

Red Raider Basketball

original-double-t The Big 12 released their preseason All-Big 12 team and there is no mention of any Texas Tech player. Four guards make the starting five along with Johnathan Motley from Baylor.


original-double-t RRS’s Aaron Dickens last night’s Kliff Kingsbury show with defensive line coach Kevin Patrick. Lots of good tidbits there, good praise from Patrick on Broderick Washington, Eli Howard, and Lonzell Gilmore. Kingsbury did confirm that Payne Sullins would be the third string quarterback, presumably ahead of Jett Duffey, and Kingsbury said that Patrick Mahomes being able to play on Saturday would be his decision. I’m not sure I believe that, but that’s okay. Also, Jonathan Giles is the emergency quarterback, would would be all sorts of fun.

original-double-t I podcasted with Luke Thompson and Derek Smith at Bring On The Cats where we talked for an hour or so about the game, so check it out. I even cuss a few times.

original-double-tWichita Eagle’s Kellis Robinett writes about how these Texas Tech teams are polar opposites, terrific offense for Texas Tech and terrible offense for Kansas State and vice versa:

“It makes you look at the game differently,” senior K-State defensive end Jordan Willis said. “After a while, against a team like this, it is like playing backyard football. Everything is so quick, you might not have time to get in your stance or worry about strategy. You are just playing to beat the guy in front of you.”

The Red Raiders enter as the nation’s top-rated offense, averaging 664.2 yards and 59.5 points. They are the only team in college football to score 55 or more points in all four of their games. Coach Kliff Kingsbury, a former quarterback, likes to go fast and overwhelm opponents with a barrage of intricate passes. So far, no one has even slowed his air-raid attack.

But Kingsbury is still a novice when it comes to defense. Texas Tech is surrendering 472.5 yards and 37.2 points, numbers that rank 111th nationally. Arizona State took advantage last month for a 68-55 victory.

original-double-tCJOnline’s Ken Corbitt writes about how Kansas State hopes to disrupt the Texas Tech offense:

“It does make it more difficult,” K-State coach Bill Snyder said. “You just don’t have the time, but there are a lot of ways to disrupt the quarterback without getting sacks. Sometimes it’s enough pressure to force him to throw errant balls; getting your hands up so you cloud his vision and force errant throws; tighter coverage, which forces him to hold the ball a little longer, which creates a little bit more pressure if your pass rush is making the effort.

“I’m not saying you can’t get sacks. If he’s getting the ball off in 2.5 seconds and normal is 3.8, then that’s 1.3 seconds that you don’t have time to get there. Against West Virginia we did a nice job with our pass rush and we got there when we could.”

original-double-t Miscellaneous . . . Pretty interesing from Inside The Pylon on how Tennessee is using Jace Amaro and how he could help the Titans offense . . . Football Study Hall’s Bill Connelly has this week’s picks and the numbers predict a 1.5 point win for Kansas State for S&P+ and 3.8 point win for F/+ Projection . . . Vanity Fair digs deep in on Johnny Manziel and his friends account Manziels drug addiction . . . Sports On Earth’s Matt Brown predicts a bevy of games and picks the Kansas State for the win . . . LAJ’s Don Williams has game details from 1933 when the Texas Tech Matadors and Kansas Aggies, pretty fun look back . . .


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