REAL Standings: Cyclones Show Mizzou

Only one game of note this weekend: Mizzou played its way out of the much coveted fifth place slot in the REAL Standings, and the probable NCAA tourney bid that goes with it. Iowa State, on the other hand, suddenly became a blip on the REAL Standings' radar screen, jumping from a 4-12 projection to 5-11. One game will not drop Mizzou from a Tier 2 to Tier 3 team, nor vice-versa for Iowa St, but it is a big step in their respective directions for both teams.

In games that went as projected, Texas won at Colorado, while home teams A&M took down k-state, Okie St outlasted Baylor, and Tech handled OU.


1. 13-3

Kansas (0-0) (No projected L's; at risk games at Tech, at Baylor, at NU, at Mizzou, at k-state, at OU)

2. 11-5

Oklahoma St (1-0) (projected L's at KU, at A&M, at UT at risk games: at NU, vs. OU, at Tech, at Baylor)

Texas (1-0) (projected L's at Okie St, at A&M, at KU; at risk games at NU, at Tech, at Baylor, at OU)

Texas A&M (1-0) (projected L's at KU, at Okie St, at UT; at risk games at Baylor, at Tech, at NU, at OU)

5. 8.5-7.5

k-state (0-1) (projected L's at A&M, at Mizzou, at UT, at KU, at NU, at Okie St; at risk games at ISU, vs. KU, at CU)

6. 7.5-8.5

Mizzou (0-1) (projected L's at UT, at KU, at k-state, at Okie St, at NU, at A&M; at risk games at CU, at ISU, vs. KU)

7. 7-9

Nebraska (0-0) (projected L's at OU, at k-state, at Mizzou, at Tech, at KU, at Baylor; at risk games at ISU, vs. Okie St, vs. UT, vs. KU, vs. A&M, at CU)

8. 6.5-9.5

Baylor (0-1)

(projected L's at k-state, at OU, at UT, at Mizzou, at A&M, at Tech; at risk games vs. A&M, vs. KU, at ISU, vs. UT, vs. Okie St)

Oklahoma (0-1)

(projected L's at UT, at Okie St, at A&M, at Baylor, at Mizzou, at k-state; at risk games vs. Okie St, at Iowa St, vs. A&M, vs. UT, vs. KU)

Texas Tech (1-0)

(projected L's at k-state, at Baylor, at Mizzou, at OU, at Okie St, at A&M, at UT; at risk games vs. KU, vs. A&M, vs. UT, vs. Okie St, at ISU)

11. 5-11

Iowa St (1-0)

(projected L's vs. KU, at CU, at Okie St, at A&M, at UT, at k-state, at KU, at NU; at risk games vs. NU, vs. k-state, vs. Baylor, vs. Mizzou, vs. OU, vs. Tech)

12. 2.5-13.5

Colorado (0-1)

(projected L's at OU, vs. A&M, at NU, at KU, at Baylor, vs. Okie St, at k-state, vs. KU, at Tech, at ISU, at Mizzou; at risk games vs. Mizzou, vs. k-state, vs. NU)


The Mid-week Big XII Games, with IQ (Interest Quotient) are:


1. Tech at k-state***1/2 (9:00p.m.)-If the Ohio St/Florida football game is out of hand by half-time, check this game out. Or make use of your PIP. An early-season must win game for k-state and its NCAA dreams-especially after giving a good account of itself in College Station Saturday, but walking away with no cigar. At least I assume Huggins is not into moral victories.


2. A&M at Baylor***1/2 (7:00p.m.)-Baylor also gave a good account of itself in Stillwater, hanging tough before falling by 4 points. This time, they are at home against a team comparable to Okie St. A biggie early in the season for both teams. Maybe A&M was looking ahead to this game Saturday night.


3. Colorado at Oklahoma* (7:00p.m.)-The Sooners are a fairly mediocre lot, but they can mail this one in.

4. Mizzou at Texas*** (7:00p.m.)- The battle of two doughnut teams. Both like to play fast. UT, while suspect inside, has the edge and the home court. Still, if you like watching tennis or the table variety, this game should be fun. Could be in the 90's and 80's.

5. Nebraska at Iowa St** (7:00p.m.)-The Cyclones' victory Saturday elevated this game's I.Q. a full point. They could realistically start conference season 2-0.

6. Okie St at KU**** (8:00p.m.)-One of the premier games of the season. These two teams played two epic games last year, in which points were harder to come by than Chiefs' first downs. In fact, Round 2, in Dallas, was a veritable blood bath. Expect more of the same. Suffice it to state that this game will not be in the 80's or 90's. Or even the 70's. It will be as hard fought as any game anywhere this season.