REAL Standings: The Awakening. . .

A REAL Snoozer. Or, should I say, the calm before the storm.

A&M at Home over UT as projected. KU at Home over Iowa St as projected. Nebraska at Home over Colorado as projected. No excitement there. No gain, no pain, for the winners.

In the only mid-week at-risk game, Okie St took out Tech. Who didn’t see that coming, even in Lubbock? A half game pickup in the RS for the Cowboys, for what that’s worth.

For the season, Projected Winners are now 43-7: that’s 86% for k-state fans.

Home at-risk teams are now 4-12.

REAL STANDINGS: 2/19/09

The Big 12 hierarchy remains unchanged:

Contenders (Tier 1): KU, MU, OU.

Competitors (Tier 2): A&M, Baylor, k-state, Nebraska, Okie St, UT

Bottom-feeders (Tier 3): Colorado, Iowa St, Tech.

1. 14.5-1.5

OU (11-0) Projected L’s: at Mizzou Losable games: at UT

2. 14-2

KU (10-1) Projected L’s: at OU Losable games: None

3. 12.5-3.5

Mizzou (9-2) Projected L’s: at KU Losable games: at A&M

4. 8.5-7.5

k-state (6-5) Projected L’s: at Mizzou, at Okie St Losable games: at ISU

OSU (5-6) Projected L’s: at OU Losable games: at CU

UT (6-5) Projected L’s: at Okie St, at KU Losable games: vs. OU

7. 8-8

NU (5-6) Projected L’s: at k-state, at Baylor Losable games: None

8. 6.5-9.5

A&M (4-7) Projected L: at NU Losable games: at Tech, at CU, vs. Mizzou

Baylor (4-7) Projected L’s: at Okie St, at UT Losable games: at Iowa St

10. 4-12

ISU (2-9) Projected L’s: at A&M, at NU Losable games: vs. k-state, vs. Baylor

11. 2.5-13.5

Tech (2-9) Projected L’s: at UT, vs. OU, vs. KU, at Iowa St Losable games: vs. A&M

12. 2-14

CU (1-10) Projected L’s: vs. Mizzou, at Baylor, at k-state Losable games: vs. Okie St, vs. A&M

FOR YOUR VIEWING PLEASURE

Saturday Games, with IQ (Interest Quotient):

1. Mizzou at Colorado (11:30a.m.)**1/2 (Projected W: Mizzou)

CU will come closer than the 700 points they lost by in Columbia. Will it be by 680 or 690?

2. Baylor at Okie St (12:30p.m.)**1/2 (Projected W: Okie St)

There is no “D” in “Team”: Not if the team is “Oklahoma State.” Or “Baylor.”

3. Nebraska at KU (3:00p.m.)*1/2 (Projected W: KU)

The Jayhawks have nothing to fear but looking ahead itself. . . 4. k-state at Iowa St (5:00p.m.)**1/2 (Toss-up)

With a player like Brackins and a nice three point attack, the Cyclones have to beat somebody not named Colorado some time. Don’t they?

5. A&M at Tech (5:00 p.m.)*1/2 (Toss-up)

A toss-up per the REAL Standings formula. By no other measure, however.

6. OU at Texas (8:00p.m.)****(Toss-up)

Doesn’t happen often. But when the Erwin Center is rockin’, it can get as loud as any arena anywhere. It will be rockin’ Saturday night against the presumptive heir to the No. 1 ranking in all the land. And believe it or not, UT’s front line can hold its own against the firm of Griffin and Griffin. The question will be guard play. Some hot shooting and cool ball handling in this frenzied environment, and OU’s No. 1 dreams will truly be at-risk. Both nationally and in the Big 12.

--Mark

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