With Texas Tech Red Raiders quarterback Patrick Mahomes continuing to battle a shoulder injury, offshore bookmakers and Las Vegas bookmakers are declining to post betting lines for this Saturday’s game between the Red Raiders and Texas Longhorns.
Mahomes appeared to re-injure his shoulder late in the win against TCU last weekend, but head coach Kliff Kingsbury expressed optimism about his star player’s availability:
Kingsbury on Mahomes' shoulder: "He's good. He is the best he has been. He sounds like he should be able to practice the whole week."— RaiderPower.com (@RaiderPower2) October 31, 2016
Since Mahomes is a tough player, he’ll likely be out with the first-team Texas Tech offense at some point after the 11 a.m. CT kick off on FS1 unless he’s completely physically incapable of doing so.
The Red Raiders are competitive enough with a healthy-ish Mahomes that the line would likely be extremely close if he can play, so if the game does go on the board at some point this week and favor the Longhorns, it’s likely because the bookmakers believe Mahomes won’t play.
If that’s the case, his back up is Nic Shimonek, an Iowa transfer who sat out in 2014 due to transfer rules and saw limited action last season. He’s seen playing time against Stephen F Austin, Kansas, and West Virginia this year, completing 37-of-55 passes for 461 yards, six touchdowns, and only one interception.