What a beautiful time of the year. For the first time in a long time we can recap last night’s college football games while also previewing the games tonight and more importantly tomorrow.
We have eight more games tonight, including three ranked teams in action. Sadly, no ranked vs. ranked opponents on Friday, we’ll have to wait until Saturday for the marquee matchups, but there are still some interesting games. WKU travels to No. 4 Wisconsin and Stanford is just a 14-point favorite over San Diego State.
Between college football and the long holiday weekend there’s plenty to be excited about on this Friday.
Rondale Moore is good:
That’s putting it lightly. The Trinity grad byway of New Albany is one game into his college career and he looks like he will be one of the best players in the Big Ten over the next few seasons. He had two carries for 79 yards and a touchdown, but did more work through the air. The Boilermaker receivers hauled in 30 catches on the night and Moore accounted for 11 of the receptions. He finished with 109 of Purdue’s 270 receiving yards and a touchdown catch.
Terry Wright with three (3!) blocks on the play to spring Rondale Moore for the TD!pic.twitter.com/3BOtpnx7Ok
— Purdue Football (@BoilerFootball) August 31, 2018
Sadly, I’ve seen him do similar things against St. X.
He’s good. It would have been great to see Moore in a Kentucky jersey but I guess it’s better he’s a menace in the Big Ten than at a rival SEC school or at Louisville. Moore will be a treat to watch all season and for years to come.
Former UK star Brandon Knight was traded late last night! Knight will be backing up NBA great Chris Paul at his new spot. Knight was traded with former lottery pick Marquese Chriss to Houston for Ryan Anderson and De’Anthony Melton.
Knight will have a chance to prove himself coming off a nasty injury on a great team in a role that won’t have too much pressure.
Go Cats. Go Knight.
Wake Forest beats Tulane in overtime:
I don’t want this post to be a complete recap of last night’s college football action, but how sweet are those Tulane jerseys? People forget Tulane used to be in the SEC. Tulane and Georgia Tech left the SEC in 1966 to help start the Metro Athletic Conference. I for one would have love for Tulane to be in the SEC because of all the potential road trips to New Orleans. I’ll go to that city any chance I get.
Wake Forest needed overtime to defeat the Green Wave. Peep the game-winning touchdown run below.
WAKE FOREST WINS IN OT!
23-17 final over Tulane pic.twitter.com/lYyLfdMvZD
— College Football Rankings (@CFBRanking) August 31, 2018
R.J. Hampton has news today:
The 2020 five-star combo guard is announcing something today. What it is we’re not sure. Odds are the news is announcing he’s reclassifying to the class of 2019, but I don’t think anyone would be shocked if Hampton’s much anticipated announcement ended up just being an official visit or final list of schools.
If he indeed does move from 2020 to 2019 the Texas native would become a 2019 recruiting target for the Cats. Hampton said last week that Tyrese Maxey is urging him to reclassify and join him in Kentucky for a Texas backcourt in 2019-2020, but first Kentucky would need to offer. Hampton has already taken an official visit to Memphis and many believe Duke may lead.
If Memphis and Duke are currently his leaders, the Cats need to make up some ground. If he jumps to 2019 and commits to Memphis, that will only help the Tigers’ chances with James Wiseman, and no one wants to see Duke land five-star players.
(UPDATE: Hampton announced he’s STAYING in the class of 2020. So, the news was that there’s no news. Carry on)
Speaking of five-star players:
Kentucky will visit five-star 2019 forward Matthew Hurt on September 9th for an in-home visit. Things have been quiet in Hurt’s recruitment since the end of the AAU season but he told me a couple months ago he plans on committing in the fall. So, while it’s been quiet as of late it’s going to pickup and probably end in a couple months.
Hurt is one of the most fun offensive players in the class of 2019. People automatically compare Hurt to a Kyle Wiltjer. Both are solid shooters and white, but that’s about it. Hurt is quicker, more versatile, better inside and a significantly better defender.
2019 five-star Matthew Hurt has scheduled three in-home visits, he tells Stockrisers.
Kentucky, Duke, and Kansas will all be in on September 9th to visit with Hurt.
— Jake (@jakeweingarten) August 29, 2018
Get to know Central Michigan:
Hopefully you’ve read Adam Luckett’s scouting report of Central Michigan because you will not find a more complete breakdown of the Chippewas. Be the smartest person in your section at Kroger Field on Saturday or at the bar by knowing exactly what CMU is going to try and do against UK. Based on Luckett’s research it could be bad news for UK if this game goes down to the wire.
Also, you can learn about cardboard boat racing, which seems fasicating.
The sign that won’t be denied:
First the WELCOME MMF’ERS! sign goes up, then it goes down but now it’s back up! The sign welcoming folks to the Manchester Music Festival in Clay County is BACK!
It’s a great sign for what I’ve heard is a great music festival. The public was not happy the sign was taken down so not only did they put the sign back up but they are making t-shirts.
MMF’ERS can see KSR live:
If you’re in Clay County you should head out to Morgan’s Professional Pharmacy and see the KSR gang. You don’t have to be an MMF’ER to attend, but if you’re in the area for the music festival you should certainly start you day with some Matt Jones, Ryan Lemond, Drew Franklin and STD.
The show goes 10-noon, but you already knew that.
— Fred Cowgill WLKY (@FredCowgillWLKY) August 30, 2018
Again? Well, this time it was horse Pitino. He finished second in the race but because of a bump at the beginning of the video he was disqualified. Unlike in the NCAA, I don’t believe horse racing hands out banners for second place, but this one would also be vacated.
I’m sure Pitino the horse blamed everyone else and swears he will be vindicated. No more interviews. /proceeds to give 1,000 interviews, becomes the first horse to write a book.