REAL Standings: The Big Jake Edition

Fain (Richard Boone): Who are you? McCandles (John Wayne): Jacob McCandles.

Fain: I thought you were dead.

McCandles: Not hardly.

Moments later, Fain is dead. John Wayne is hurt, but, though limping, collects his sons and grandson and heads Home to Maureen O’Hara.

In Big 12 mid-week action, KU dropped a half game in the REAL Standings Monday night, dropping an At-risk game at K-State. With a Projected Loss in the season finale at Oklahoma, there were those who thought KU’s Quest for its 11th straight Big 12 Title was dead.

Not hardly.

Enter Scott Drew. It is common knowledge that Drew is the most disliked coach in the Big 12 by his peers. But Wednesday night, even if only for one night, he was the most popular man in Lawrence, Kansas. Iowa St’s Projected W vs. Baylor turned L cost the Cyclones not merely half a game, but a full game in the REAL Standings, dropping them a half game behind the Jayhawks.

It was there for the taking, but Iowa St refused to take it.

Thanks, Scotty.

In games of zero consequence, West Virginia took care of Texas, as Projected, at Home, and TCU did the same to Texas Tech.

As a result:

1. The Road to the Big 12 Title STILL goes through Lawrence. In fact, the Jayhawks are in their best position of the year to claim at least a share of the crown: The number of games they need to win in order to clinch a co-championship is the number of Home games (2) they have remaining.

You could say the Jayhawks are dormie.

2. Iowa St, which was in control of its own destiny for two days, is, again, dependent on the kindness of others.

3. Oklahoma and West Virginia ARE in control of their own destiny. Win out, and they are assured of at least a co-championship with KU, each other, or Iowa St. Of course, winning out for either team will be no small feat. For OU, it will involve beating Iowa St in Ames and KU in Norman. For West Virginia, winning in Waco and Lawrence.

4. Baylor now possesses the best Road Win of the Big 12 season. Should the Bears be reinstated to Tier One? Well, they also have the third best Road Win of the season, at West Virginia—following which, they promptly lost at Home to Okie St. Otherwise, they would be in the conversation for the league title.

Baylor might be the best of the Tier Two teams, but their “body of work” is, still, that of a Tier Two team. And here they will remain.

Current Tiers

Tier 1: Iowa State, Kansas, Oklahoma, West Virginia

Tier 2: Baylor, K-State, Okie St, Texas

Tier 3: TCU

Tier 4: Texas Tech

REAL Standings:

1. 13-5

KU (11-4) Projected Losses: at OU At risk games: N/A

2. 12.5-5.5

Iowa St: (10-5) Projected Losses: N/A At risk games: at KSU

3. 12-6

Oklahoma (10-5) Projected Losses: at ISU At risk games: N/A

4. 11.5-6.5

West Virginia (10-5) Projected Losses: at KU At risk games: at BU

5. 10.5-7.5

Baylor (9-6) Projected Losses: at UT At risk games: WVU

6. 9-9

Okie St (7-8) Projected Losses: at WVU At risk games: N/A

7. 8-10

Texas (6-9) Projected Losses: at KU At risk games: N/A

8. 7.5-10.5

K-State (7-9) Projected Losses: at UT At-risk games: ISU

9. 4-14

TCU (4-11) Projected Losses: at OU, at OSU, ISU At risk games: N/A

10. 2-16

Texas Tech (2-14) Projected Losses: OSU, at BU At risk games: N/A

BIG 12 SCHEDULE

Saturday

1. TCU at Oklahoma (1:00pm) **( Projected W: OU)

OU has shown that it can lose to a Tier Two team in Norman (K-State). If it happens again, the Sooners are history.

2. West Virginia at Baylor (3:00p.m.)** *1/2 (Projected W: BU)

The Mountaineers try to accomplish in Waco what they could not in Morgantown. If they fail, they are history.

3. Iowa St at K-State (3:00pm)**** (At-risk game)

Another court-stormer in Manhattan? If so, the Cyclones are history.

4. Okie St at Texas Tech (3:00pm)*1/2 (Projected W: OSU)

No history in the making here.

5. Texas at Kansas (4:00p.m.)**** (Projected W: KU)

The Jayhawks are the only Big 12 team without a Loss on their Home court. As long as that continues, History awaits.

--Mark

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