REAL Standings: 1 vs. 1 Edition

Wasn’t John Rambo from West Virginia?        

Just wondering, because (a) he looks like a West Virginian, especially when his face is covered with mud and grease, and (b) like Rambo, the West Virginia Mountaineers, drew First Blood in the Big 12 race Saturday afternoon by winning an at risk game at K-State.  Not that they looked impressive, but that’s not the point. The point is walking off the opponent’s court with a W. Which WVU did in two overtimes. Not to mention the half game pickup the at risk W conveyed in the REAL world.

What was impressive was the kid calling the game on K-State’s student radio station, KSDB. I happened to be driving between Manhattan and Lawrence in the second half, and this kid was having a good ol’ time as the biggest Homer this side of Springfield. And I am not saying that as a slight. There is nothing wrong with a little old fashioned passion for the team representing your school. There were “Ladies and Gentlemens,” “Wows,” “Goodness graciousnesses,” and “Oh, my godnesses”  galore. Here’s hoping this young man does not become jaded in the quest for objectivity as he perfects his craft, because passion is what sports is about. It’s fun to listen to. Sometimes, more fun than the game itself.

The only other game that made a REAL difference on Saturday was played in Lubbock, where Texas Tech took out Texas, dropping UT half a game in the REAL Standings. Of course, this was not the surprise it would have been were Cam Ridley not out of action for UT. As noted in the pre-season edition of the REAL Standings, UT is suspect as a Tier 1 team without Ridley. The REAL quandary will be how to treat them if, when he returns, they start playing like a Tier 1 team with a Tier 2 record.

 In other action, the Home teams won as projected: KU over Baylor, OU over Iowa State, and Okie State over TCU.

Two notable things to take from the KU/Baylor game. First, if you are Scott Drew, you lose in Allen Fieldhouse. It’s what you do. If you want to save 15% on car insurance, you call whatever company it is that does those “It’s what you do” commercials.

Second, the Jayhawks demonstrated that they can deal with adversity. After falling into a 1-0 hole in the first minute of play, KU battled from behind to ultimately  claim victory. It remains to be seen if they can be as resilient away from AFH.

 

                                                                        CURRENT TIERS

1.      Kansas

Oklahoma

Iowa State

West Virginia

Baylor

Texas

2.       K-State

Texas Tech

3.       Okie St

TCU

 

                                                         

                                  CURRENT PROJECTIONS

1.           12.5-5.5

  WVU (1-0):        

Projected L’s (at OU, at ISU, at KU, at UT, at BU)

At risk games (at Tech)

2.           12-6

KU (1-0):            

Projected L’s (at WVU, at ISU, at OU, at BU, at UT)

 At risk games (at Tech, at K-State)

  OU (1-0):           

Projected L’s (at KU, at ISU, at BU, at WVU, at UT)

 At risk games (at K-State, at Tech)

 ISU (0-1):

Projected L’s (at UT, at BU, at WVU, at KU)

 At risk games (at K-State, at Tech)

 Baylor (0-1):

Projected L’s (at ISU, at WVU, at UT, at OU)

             At risk games (at Tech, at K-State)

6.           11.5-6.5

UT (0-1):            

Projected L’s (at WVU, at KU, at BU, at OU, at ISU)

At risk games (at K-State)

7.           7.5-10.5

             Texas Tech (1-0):

Projected L’s (at ISU, at K-State, at OU, at UT, at BU, at KU, at WVU)

At risk games (vs. KU, vs. Baylor, at TCU, vs. WVU, vs. ISU, vs. OU, at Okie St)

8.           6.5-11.5

K-State (0-1):

Projected L’s (at UT, at OU, at BU, at WVU, at KU, at ISU, at Tech)

At risk games (vs. ISU, vs, OU, vs. BU, at Okie St, at TCU, vs. KU, vs. UT)

9.          2-16

Okie State (1-0):  

Projected L’s (at BU, at WVU, vs. OU, at UT, vs. KU, at K-State, vs. BU, at Tech, vs. ISU, at TCU, at KU, at OU, vs. WVU, at ISU, vs. UT)

              At risk games (at K-State, at Tech)

TCU (0-1):

Projected L’s (vs. WVU, vs. UT, at BU, at KU, vs. ISU, at UT, at OU, vs. KU, at WVU, at ISU, at Tech, vs. BU, at K-State, vs. OU)

At risk games: (vs. Tech, vs. K-State)

             

                                                             AS SEEN ON TV

Monday

6:00p.m.: West Virginia at TCU (ESPN2) *1/2 (Projected W: WVU)

              TCU’s chances were better when its football team trailed Oregon 31-0.

8:00p.m.: Oklahoma at Kansas (ESPN) *****(Projected W: KU)

OU’s opportunity to take an early stranglehold on the Big 12 race. If KU doesn’t get No. 12, the winner will be the team that wins at Allen Fieldhouse.

Tuesday

7:00p.m.:  K-State at Texas (LHN) *** (Projected W: UT)

If UT loses this game, that sound you hear at about 9:00 o’clock Tuesday night will be their quick and savage drop to Tier 2. They will not pass Go. They will not collect $200. (Figuratively speaking, of course. They will, of course, collect more than $200 from ESPN.)

7:00p.m. Okie St at Baylor (ESPN2) ** (Projected W: BU)

              Depending on the outcome, both teams could take up residence in Tier 2.  

Wednesday

8:00p.m: Texas Tech at Iowa St (ESPNU)*** (Projected W: Iowa St)

Iowa St showed that it is a team to be reckoned with Saturday in Norman, giving the Sooners everything they could handle for 39 minutes and 55 seconds. In the long run, their question mark remains depth over an 18 game schedule. But this is Game 2 at Home. Even though Tech is improved, the Red Raiders have a tall order trying to overcome the Magic of Hilton.

--Mark

 

 

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