The big winner on the first Saturday of conference play was k-state. Winning on the Road against a peer team, they picked up a full game in the REAL Standings, giving them the early inside track to the status of No. 1 Tier 2 Team and the virtually automatic NCAA bid that comes with that distinction.
The others gaining ground in the RSP (REAL Standings Projections) are KU, winning a Road game against a One Tier Down Team (Nebraska), and Mizzou, prevailing at home against a One Tier Up Team (UT). These two teams that epitomize brotherly love, both pick up ½ RSP game.
Conversely, the weekend’s REAL losers losers are OU (-1) and NU and UT (-.5).
Baylor, A&M, and Okie St all won Home games they were projected to win vs. ISU, CU, and Tech respectively, maintaining the status quo. The most significant development from these contests was Okie St’s declaration that it deserves its Tier 2 status and is not to be taken lightly—especially at Home.
REAL STANDINGS: 1/13/08
KU (1-0) Projected L’s: at UT, at A&M Losable games: at MU, at ksu, at OSU
A&M (1-0) Projected L: at UT Losable games: at TT, at ksu, at OSU, at MU, at OU, at BU
UT (0-1) Projected L: at A&M Losable games: at OSU, at OU, BU, ksu, TT
k-state (1-0) Projected L’s: at MU, at TT, at NU, at BU, at KU Losable games: at A&M, at CU, KU, UT, at ISU
Mizzou (1-0) Projected L’s: at TT, at KU, at NU, at ksu, at BU, at OU Losable games: at ISU, KU, at CU, A&M
NU (0-1) Projected L’s: at KU, at MU, at ksu, at A&M, at OSU, at UT Losable games: at CU, at ISU
Baylor (1-0) Projected L’s: at NU, at A&M, at UT, at KU, at OSU, at OU, at TT Losable games: UT, at CU, A&M
Tech (0-1) Projected L’s: at OU, at UT, at BU, at NU, at A&M, at KU Losable games: A&M, at CU, UT
OSU (1-0) Projected L’s: at BU, at OU, at TT, at ksu, at A&M, at MU, at UT Losable games: at ISU, UT, KU, A&M
OU (0-1) Projected L’s: at KU, at BU, at A&M, at TT, at UT, at NU, at OSU
CU (0-1) Projected L’s: at UT, at ISU, at KU, at OSU, KU, at MU, at ksu, at NU Losable games: NU, ksu, MU, OU, TT, BU
ISU (0-1) Projected L’s: at KU, at ksu, at NU, A&M, UT, at OU, at TT, KU, at CU, at MU Losable games: MU, OSU, NU, ksu
FOR YOUR VIEWING PLEASURE
Big XII Weekday, with IQ (Interest Quotient):
1. OU at KU (8:00p.m.)***1/2
The Sooners might have been looking ahead to this one Saturday. And, as the REAL Standings show, they are a desperate team, one game into the Big 12 schedule. They have a projected record of 6.5-9.5. That and a thousand dollars will get them an inexpensive HDTV with which to watch March Madness. They also showed that they are resilient in their game against k-state’s former coach, where they were all but pronounced dead on a number of occasions before pulling out a W in Doubke O.T. So don’t change channels just because KU has a double digit lead with five minutes remaining, unless it is well into the double digits. KU will win, but this might be their toughest Home game of the season.
Projected W: KU
2. NU at CU (7:00p.m. MST)*1/2
A reasonable opportunity for Cu to pick up a W in conference play.
3. OSU at Baylor (7:00p.m.)**1/2
Baylor needs this game if it wants to be a serious contender for an at-large NCAA berth in March. Okie St can solidify itself as a Tier 2 Team.
Projected W: Baylor
4. Mizzou at ISU (7:00p.m.)***
This is a winnable game for Iowa St. Mizzou will lose the progress it made in the RSP Saturday if it is not mature enough to put its last game in the rear view mirror, view ISU as a REAL threat, and come out as ready as it was to play against UT. If this werea Monday game, I might even favor the Cyclones. By Wednesday, Mizzou will have had enough time to celebrate its win vs. UT and turn its full attention to Iowa St.
5. A&M at Tech (8:30p.m.)***1/2
Bobby gets his chance for No. 900 at Home. Tech looked like the most pathetic Bobby Knight team in history Saturday. Which makes the Red Raiders even more dangerous in this game. Not to mention that Tech and A&M don’t like either a whole lot.