This morning’s addition of Red Raiders Daily features the next stop on ESPN.com bloggers Big 12 road trip and a look at a valuable backup.
ESPN.com Big 12 bloggers continued with their picks for Big 12 Ultimate Road Trip with week 12, which features a rematch of one of the best games from last season.
Jake Trotter’s pick: Oklahoma at Texas Tech
Depending on how the Red Raiders fare in road tests at Oklahoma State, Kansas State and TCU, this mid-November tilt could hold Big 12 title implications on either side. At the very least, it could be a huge roadblock standing in the path of Oklahoma’s Big 12 title and playoff hopes.
Traditionally, Lubbock has been a disaster zone for the Sooners, who at one point fell to Tech three straight times at Jones AT&T Stadium.
In 2005, a controversial call at the goal line lifted the Red Raiders to a game-winning touchdown. In 2007, quarterback Sam Bradford was knocked out of the game with a concussion in the first quarter of another Oklahoma loss. And in 2009, Tech simply obliterated the Sooners, who wore Nike combat uniforms that afternoon.
Oklahoma played one of its best games of the 2012 season in a victory in Lubbock. But over the years Tech has given the Sooners as many problems as any team in the conference.
This will be a prime spot for Kliff Kingsbury to earn a program-defining conference win and a chance for me to wolf down another Blue Sky cheeseburger.
Backups at any position are typically nameless and go unnoticed until they make a big play in relief or earn a start due to injury. Not so with Patrick Mahomes, one of the most valuable backups in college football, according to Bleacher Report.
Texas Tech Quarterback Patrick Mahomes
That will change once incoming freshman Patrick Mahomes arrives on campus. Mahomes, a two-sport athlete in football and baseball, was drafted in the 37th round of the MLB draft this past weekend by the Detroit Tigers. However, Mahomes told the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal last week that no team would be able to offer him a signing bonus that would keep him from playing college football in 2014.
Basically, Mahomes slides right into the No. 2 spot behind Webb once he starts practice.