Two teams made statements Saturday. TCU conformed that it is a legitimate Tier 2 team. At least, that is, if Texas Tech REALly belongs inTier 3. The Horned Frogs beat Tech in Lubbock almost as badly as its football team did.
Okay, not quite. The score Saturday was 62-42. The football game was 82-27. But that was a Home game for TCU, so there’s that.
K-State also solidified its status as a Tier Two team and even cracked open the door for the discussion as to whether it is a Tier 1 team.
Not REALly. Even though they currently sit atop the misleading newspaper standings, they still have work to do to prove they are worthy of their second battlefield promotion of the season.
Otherwise, it was an uneventful day. Texas won at Home over West Virginia, as projected.
Oklahoma won at Home over Okie St, as projected.
Iowa St won at Home over KU, as projected.
The humorous thing was hearing Jay Bilas make the Reid-iculous type of statement that Iowa St had accomplished something meaningful by winning a Home game—let alone one on Gameday--that was in doubt with 12 seconds remaining.
Come on, Jay. You’re better than that.
As a result:
1. The only important REAL Standings movement was Baylor blowing another big lead, but losing this time and dropping ½ game to the other Tier One teams.
2. The Big 12 still goes through Lawrence. And, after the young’uns got a taste of extreme animosity and adversity and had the intestinal fortitude to, nevertheless, hang around to the bitter end., the Road just got steeper for everyone else.
Tier 1: Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, West Virginia
Tier 2: K-State, Okie St, TCU
Tier 3: Texas Tech
Iowa St: (3-1) Projected Losses: at KU, at OU, at UT At risk games: at OSU, at KSU, at TCU
KU (3-1) Projected Losses: at UT, at WVU, at OU At risk games: at TCU, at OSU, at KSU
Oklahoma (3-2) Projected Losses: at KU, at BU, at ISU At risk games: at OSU, at TCU, at KSU
West Virginia (3-2) Projected Losses: at OU, at ISU, at BU, at KU At risk games: at KSU, at OSU
Baylor (2-3) Projected Losses: at WVU, at KU, at ISU, at UT At risk games: at OSU
Texas (2-2) Projected Losses: at ISU, at BU, at OU, at WVU, at KU At risk games: at TCU, at KSU
K-State (4-1) Projected Losses: at ISU, at KU, at WVU, at TCU, at BU, at UT At risk games: WVU, at Tech, UT, OU, KU, ISU
Okie St (2-3) Projected Losses: at KSU, at UT, at BU, at TCU, at WVU At risk games: BU, OU, KU, ISU, WVU, at Tech
TCU (1-3) Projected Losses: at WVU, at ISU, at BU, at UT, at KU, at OU, at OSU At risk games: at UT, KU, OU, ISU
Texas Tech (0-5) Projected Losses: at OSU, ISU, at OU, at WVU, at ISU, KU, at UT, BU, OU, at TCU, at BU At risk games: KSU, OSU
BIG 12 SCHEDULE
1. Texas at TCU (6:00pm)***(At-risk game)
TCU played Texas tough at Home last year. The Horned Frogs are better this year. Texas might or might not be. This could be an interesting Big Monday Opening Act.
2. Oklahoma at KU (8:00pm)**** (Projected W: KU)
The Jayhawks need a good start in this one. The Sooners have shown that they are tough with an early lead.
3. K-State at Iowa St (6:00pm). ***1/2 (Projected W: ISU)
Can K-State make the jump from one time Tier 3 Bottom Feeder all the way to Tier One Contender? Probably not. But here is their chance. ‘Twould be hard to argue with two Road victories versus Tier One tems.
4. Huston-Tillotson at Baylor (7:00pm) (Projected Winner: Is there a Winner in a game like this?)
I live 15 minutes from the Huston-Tillotson campus and was not aware they had a basketball team. My guess is that HTU vs. University of Southern New Hampshire would be a pick.
Insert Scott Drew joke here.
5. Texas Tech at Okie St (8:00pm)* (Projected W: OSU)
Can Tech REALly go 0-18?