REAL Standings: 1-9-14

RECAP Now, if everyone would play crappy defense, the Jayhawks could be hanging their tenth conference championship banner in ten years two months from now.

Regardless, KU has taken an early half game lead in the REAL Standings with its victory in an at-risk game at Oklahoma. In fairness, however, Iowa St and Baylor have yet to play an at-risk game.

As an aside, in what dimension do teams coached by Bill Self and Lon Kruger play such pathetic defense? Rod Serling could not have imagined this; not to mention the fouls.

In other games involving Tier One teams, Iowa St won as projected at Home vs. Baylor, and Okie St took its Projected W in Stillwater vs. Texas.

In Tier 2, Oklahoma dropped the half game KU picked up, Texas lost as projected at Okie St, and K-State and West Virginia both picked up a half game with Road victories at TCU and Tech respectively. These wins will look better later in the year when (and if) the Horned Frogs and Red Raiders take out a Tier Two team in Fort Worth or Lubbock.

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. 13.5-4.5

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

2. 13-5

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

Iowa St (2-0) Projected L’s: at KU, at OSU, at BU At Risk Games: at KSU, at OU, at UT, at WVU

4. 12.5-5.5

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

5. 9-9

K-State (2-0) Projected L’s: at KU, at UT, at ISU, at WVU, at BU, at OU, at OSU At-risk games: KU, at Tech, ISU, BU

W. Virginia (2-0) Projected L’s: at KSU, at OSU, at BU, at KU, at UT, at ISU, at OU At-risk games: OSU, ISU, BU, KU

7. 8.5-9.5

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

8. 7-11

Texas (0-2) Projected L’s: at WVU, at BU, at KSU, at ISU, at KU, at Tech At-risk games: ISU, KU, at TCU, OSU, BU, at Tech

9. 2.5-15.5

Texas Tech (0-2) 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: OU, KSU, UT

10. 2-16

TCU (0-2) 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: UT, OU

Upcoming Games

All times CST

Saturday:

1. Iowa St at Oklahoma (11:00a.m.)* *** (Projected W: N/A)

If you like scoring, there might not be a more entertaining game in the Big 12 all season.

2. TCU at Baylor (12:30a.m.) * (Projected W: BU)

If you like scoring and good coaching, there might not be a less entertaining game in the Big 12 all season.

3. K-State at KU (1:00p.m.)**** (Projected W: KU)

K-State has won ten in a row. Contrary to popular belief, Bruce Weber can coach. Whether he can coach well enough to beat better talent coached by Bill Self on the Road is another matter.

4. Okie St at West Virginia (3:00p.m.) *** (Projected W: N/A)

If Okie St loses this game, the best they can do vs. Tier 2 teams on the Road is 2-2. The ultimate champion is likely to go 3-1. So this game is kind of a big deal—just as ir was in football.

5. Texas Tech at Texas (7:00p.m.)*1/2 (Projected W: UT)

Texas is no world beater. In this game, they won’t need to be.

--Mark

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