The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake | 2019.07.26

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MacAskill in Cascadia. We haven’t watched a good ol’ fashioned Danny MacAskill video in some time and this one was fun. Enjoy your weekend (there’s only a few more before football!)!

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Kentucky vs. Texas Tech = Official. You can our post from Wednesday, but it’s for real yo.

Next to Win It All. SI’s Mitchell Gladstone considers a handful of teams that could win the next National Championship and Texas Tech is one of them:

What does the future hold? Well, Texas Tech hasn’t been a one-and-done factory, so it will continue to develop players as Beard has proven more than capable of doing. The Red Raiders have a seven-man recruiting class this season along with some transfers, and they are definitely the premier program in Texas at this point, meaning more high-level prospects may very well head to Lubbock in the next few years. The momentum should keep rolling, and it doesn’t feel like Tech is all that far from what would be the peak of an incredible rise.

No. 2. CatsIllustrated’s Justin Rowland ranks the non-conference opponents for Kentucky and the Red Raiders are 2nd behind Michigan State:

Texas Tech makes two 2018-19 Final Four teams on Kentucky’s 2019-20 schedule. Chris Beard is one of the sport’s hottest coaching commodities but he’s returning to Lubbock for at least one more year following a remarkable run to the championship game, which almost produced an improbable championship. Replacing Jarrett Culver, one of the nation’s best two-way players and a high draft pick, will not be easy. But the team’s defensive grit shouldn’t go away. This is a program that has reached two consecutive Elite Eights so they may be here to stay as long as Beard is around. Most “way too early” rankings don’t have Texas Tech at the very top of the national rankings but they will start the year with a Top 15 ranking. TTU has to replace most of its starting lineup but between Beard’s freshmen and some transfers this will be a very tough game, especially on the road.

As an aside, Louisville is 3rd and the Red Raiders of course also play the Cardinals as well.

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Bruffy Added to Wuerffel Trophy Watch List. Congrats to Travis Bruffy for the honor!

Top Big 12 Quarterbacks. LandGrant Gauntlet’s Franklin Markel looks at the top quarterbacks in the Big 12, including Alan Bowman:

Bowman does however have a ridiculously skilled offense, and if all the pieces gel together he could improve on his 69 percent completion percentage while leading this dark horse Red Raiders squad to a winning season.

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