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The Morning Stake: July 11th

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 Texas Tech unveiled their locker room last night and LAJ’s Nicholas Talbot spoke with some players about the new locker room, including Talor Nunez:

“We have been waiting a long time for this, especially since we had to run 100 yards to just to get yo you locker to change clothes, then 100 yards back to turn in your laundry and then a few hundred more yards to get to class,” Nunez said. “We can be a lot more efficient.”

And as Talbot noted, this is a fully paid for upgrade of $1.6 million as part of of The Campaign for Fearless Champions and head coach Kliff Kingsbury said that the program is fortunate to have such a nice space:

“We are fortunate that our administration and donors actively invest in our student-athletes, who spend countless hours in the FTF during the year,” Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said in a news release. “These renovations will not only greatly impact their lives but also the future of our program as we continue to recruit future student-athletes to this great university.”

 LAJ’s Don Williams is doing a snapshot of players and up first is inside receiver Keke Coutee, who will play the Y inside position this year and Kingsbury said that Coutee has changed his body:

“He changed his body,” Kingsbury said. “He’s a guy who came in really thin, pretty much weak, and he’s really developed his lower-body strength, his upper-body strength. So the blocking aspect of it, the breaking tackles, the coming out of routes more explosively, has really (improved). I think more than anything, it’s just developing physically.”

 Kansas is getting awfully confident:

KU’s chance of victory, per FPI, for every game on the schedule: SEMO (91), Central Michigan (49.8), at Ohio (35.5), West Virginia (21.9), Texas Tech (26.7), at Iowa State (19.7), at TCU (3.8), Kansas State (12.4), Baylor (14.5), at Texas (5.2), Oklahoma (2.5), at Oklahoma State (5.5).

Kansas is 1-20 in its past 21 Big 12 games, so I get that the Jayhawks heading into the season are underdogs in every conference game, but a few of the numbers seemed a little strange.

I agree that Texas Tech in Week 5 represents the best shot at a Big 12 victory, but think the game ought to be considered closer to a coin toss than one in which Kansas has just slightly better than a one in four chance of winning.

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