The Top 4 teams in the REAL Standings played each other in the week's early games--and accomplished nothing. Not the slightest change in the Standings at the top, as KU and A&M picked up projected W's, while k-state and UT collected their projected L's as if they were bus tokens.
The big loser was Okie St. The half game the Cowboys dropped in the REAL Standings by losing in Norman virtually ended any hope they might have fostered of claiming the conference championship-and even the first round bye that awaits the first through fourth place teams in the conference tournament is now a long shot.
OU, of course, picked up the half game in the REAL Standings lost by their Bedlam Series rivals. Nebraska and Mizzou, meanwhile, picked up full games by turning projected L's into W's in Lubbock and Ames respectively to move into sole possession of 6th place (NU) and into a tie for 7th (MU).
"THE" REAL STANDINGS AS OF FEBRUARY 8, 2007
Texas A&M (8-1)
(projected L's at Okie St, at UT; at risk games at NU, at OU)
(projected L at k-state; at risk games at Mizzou, at OU)
(projected L at Okie St; at risk games at NU)
(projected L's at KU; at risk games at Baylor, at OU)
Oklahoma St (4-4)
(projected L at UT; at risk games at Tech, at Baylor, at NU)
(projected L's at KU, at Baylor; at risk games vs. A&M, at CU, vs. Okie St)
Texas Tech (4-5)
(projected L's at Okie St, at A&M, at UT, at ISU; at risk game vs. Okie St)
(projected L's at Baylor, at ISU, at Mizzou, at k-state; at risk games vs. A&M, vs. UT, vs. KU)
(projected L's at Okie St, at NU, at A&M; at risk games vs. KU)
Iowa St (3-6)
(projected L's at UT, at k-state, at KU, at NU)
(projected L's at Mizzou, at A&M, at Tech; at risk games vs. UT, vs. Okie St)
(projected L's at k-state, vs. KU, at Tech, at ISU, vs. k-state, at Mizzou; at risk game vs. NU)
Saturday's Big XII Games, with IQ (Interest Quotient) are:
1. Iowa St @ UT** (12:30p.m.) Projected W: UT
On paper, this looks like nothing more than an opportunity for Kevin Durant to lobby for the No. 1 draft slot over Greg Oden. Worth watching for that reason alone.
2. KU at Mizzou**** (2:30p.m.) At-risk game: No projection
Mizzou played KU tough in Lawrence and is coming off a big victory on the Road. KU is the league's best team when it brings its "A" game. Can the Jayhawks take that game with them to the scene of last season's crime? Could be a barn-burner if they don't.
3. OU at Baylor*** (3:00p.m.) Projected W: Baylor
The Bears are hungry for revenge. Can the Home court REALly be worth 40 points, the margin of their loss in Norman? If the Sooners pull this one out, they are in the running for a berth in the first division.
4. Tech at Okie St*** (3:00p.m.) Projected W: Okie St
Tech is in a free fall. Their at-large bid in the Big Dance is now far from certain. And Stillwater is not the ideal place to stop the bleeding. The Cowboys are undefeated in conference play at Home. The Loser of this game is in a world of hurt.
5. Colorado at k-state** (5:00p.m.) Projected W: k-state
Colorado picked up a nice W last Saturday vs. Okie St in Boulder. Which means k-state is not likely to overlook them. Not to mention that k-state will be intent on getting back on its feet following its fall to earth Wednesday night at the hands of the Jayhawks. Should be a routine victory for the H boys. But, as they say, that's why they play the games.
6. A&M at Nebraska**** (8:00p.m.) At-risk game; No projection
One night, the Huskers look worse than Colorado. The next, they look like they should be contending for a first round bye in the conference tournament. A&M can't avoid a letdown after back-to-back victories over KU and UT-or can they? It is not far-fetched to imagine that when the book of this season is written, this day's events in Lincoln and Columbia could be every bit as important in the outcome of the conference race as last Saturday's game in Lawrence.