REAL Standings: 1/5/14 Edition

RECAP

Two REAL noteworthy events on the opening day of Big 12 play. In Tier 1, Okie St dropped half a game behind Baylor, Iowa St and KU with its loos in an at-risk game in Manhattan.

In Tier 2, in addition to K-State’s achievement of picking up a half game at the expense of Okie St, Oklahoma made out like a bandit, stealing a full game that UT was projected to win while the eyes of Texas were riveted on Louisville.

West Virginia, meanwhile, picked up half a game with a Ho-Freakin’-Hum W at TCU. Still, half a game is half a game that will help differentiate the Mountaineers from any Tier 2 team that falls in Fort Worth. K-State on Tuesday night, maybe?

In the only game Saturday that did not result in any movement in the REAL Standings, Iowa St won, as projected, over lowly Texas Tech.

THE CURRENT REAL STANDINGS TIERS

1. Tier One: Baylor, Iowa St, KU, Okie St

2. Tier Two: K-State, Oklahoma, Texas, West Virginia

3. Tier Three: TCU, Texas Tech

THE CURRENT REAL STANDINGS:

1. 13-5

Baylor (0-0) Projected L’s: at ISU, at KU, at OSU At-risk games: at OU, at UT, at WVU, at KSU

Iowa St (1-0) Projected L’s: at KU, at OSU, at BU At Risk Games: at KSU, at OU, at UT, at WVU

KU (0-0) Projected L’s: at ISU, at BU, at OSU At-risk games: at KSU, at WVU, at UT, at OU

4. 12.5-5.5

Okie St (0-1) Projected L’s: at KU, at BU, at ISU At-risk games: at WVU, at OU, at UT

5. 9-9

Oklahoma (1-0) Projected L’s: at KSU, at BU, at ISU, at WVU, at OSU, at KU At-risk games: KU, ISU, at Tech, OSU, BU, at TCU

6. 8.5-9.5

K-State (1-0) Projected L’s: at KU, at UT, at ISU, at WVU, at BU, at OU, at OSU At-risk games: at TCU, KU, at Tech, ISU, BU

W. Virginia (1-0) Projected L’s: at KSU, at OSU, at BU, at KU, at UT, at ISU, at OU At-risk games: at Tech, OSU, ISU, BU, KU

6. 7-11

Texas (0-1) Projected L’s: at OSU, at WVU, at BU, at KSU, at ISU, at KU, at Tech At-risk games: ISU, KU, at TCU, OSU, BU, at Tech

9. 3-15

Texas Tech (0-1) Projected L’s: at UT, BU, at TCU, at WVU, at KSU, at OSU, at OU, at ISU, KU, at OSU, at BU, at KU At-risk games: WVU, OU, KSU, UT

10. 2.5-15.5

TCU (0-1) Projected L’s: at BU, at OSU, at OU, KU, at Tech, at ISU, BU, at KU, at KSU, ISU, OSU, at WVU, at UT At-risk games: KSU, UT, OU

Upcoming Games

All times CST

Monday:

1. West Virginia at Texas Tech (6:00)* (Projected W: N/A)

Monday, Monday, not so good to me. You might find counting the number of fans in the arena more interesting than watching the game.

Tuesday

2. Baylor at Iowa St (6:00p.m.) **** (Projected W: ISU)

Hilton Magic vs. Scott Drew. Mismatch City, right? Baylor has enough talent, though, to make this a fun watch.

3. K-State TCU (7:00p.m.)** (Projected W: K-State)

What makes this game more watchable than WVU/Tech? Only trying to figure out exactly how good K-State is. Nine game winning streak, win over Okie St, belie the eyeball test.

Wednesday

4. KU at Oklahoma (6:00p.m.) **** (Projected W: N/A)

If KU wins this game with three freshman starters, the Big 12 race could be for second place. However, the Jayhawks have not played in, let alone won, a conference Road game yet, and OU has done both. Win or lose, we learn a lot about the Jayhawks in this game.

5. Texas at Okie St (8:00p.m.)**** (Projected W: Okie St)

Let’s don’t beat around the bush. Okie St will win this game. They cannot afford to start the season 0-2, including a Home Loss to a Tier 2 team to a Tier 2 team that already has a Home loss to a Tier 2 team. Texas cannot beat a team this talented, this experienced, this desperate, on the Road. Still, they are young enough and naïve enough to think they can win, resulting in an interesting contest. They do have a win at UNC on their resume.

--Mark

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