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The Morning Stake | 2019.01.08

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These keep getting better and better.

The AP Top 25 Poll was released yesterday and Texas Tech is sitting 8th in the nation, one spot behind Kansas. According to College Poll Tracker reports that every vote has ranked Texas Tech so there’s no one to really yell at this week. My favorite vote, CBS Sports’ Gary Parrish has Texas Tech 8th overall.

One of my favorite and thoughtful writers is NBC Sports’ Rob Dauster wrote yesterday that although Kansas lost big man Udoka Azubuike for the year, the Jayhawks are still the odds-on favorite to win the Big 12:

I love this Texas Tech team. They are the redneck version of Virginia, a team with toughness oozing out of their pores that plays suffocating defense and has a first-team All-American running the show in Jarrett Culver.

I also love Iowa State — I’ll get to them in a second — and we shouldn’t gloss over just how good Oklahoma has been and TCU can be when Jaylen Fisher is healthy and running with the starters.

That said, for my money, Kansas is still the favorite to win the Big 12 and my pick to take home their 15th straight regular season title.

There are a couple of reasons for this, but the most obvious is the man running the show: Bill Self. Every year, we ask whether or not this is going to be the year where the Jayhawks slip up, and every year, Self somehow finds a way to get it done. There are not many coaches in the country that are as good at figuring out how to get the most out of a team as Self is, and while losing Udoka Azubuike to a torn ligament in his hand is going to force him to change up some things, I’m still betting on the Jayhawks figuring this thing out.

Texas Tech Football

This is pretty good.

Congrats to Adrian Frye!

LA Times’ J. Brady McCollough and Sam Farmer write that USC offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury is still listed on the USC site staff director, but Kingsbury apparently interviewed with the New York Jets on Monday for their head coaching vacancy and will also interview with the Arizona cardinals as well. McCollough and Farmer write that it is unclear as to whether or not USC and AD Lynn Swann changed his mind about blocking Kingsbury from interviewing with NFL programs. The NY Daily News’ Manish Mehta confirms that Kingsbury met with the Jets front office. Mehta also writes that Baylor head coach Matt Rhule is also a candidate for the Jets job.

Miscellaneous . . . In Big 12 news, Iowa State running back David Montgomery and wide receiver Hakeem Butler both declared for the NFL Draft . . .

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