On the day before Texas Independence Day, Texas declared independence from the stranglehold it had on the Big 12 title, falling in Lubbock to a Red Raiders team that had lost by 44 points days earlier in College Station to a Texas A&M team that had lost days earlier in Austin by 27. But this game was not in Austin. And what is the prime premise of the REAL Standings? It is that Road games are different from Home games. And so, the Loss in Lubbock, being a Losable game, was hardly a surprise.
Surprise or not, it cost UT ½ game in the REAL Standings, preventing them from virtually wrapping up the Big 12 championship, having no Projected L’s and no Losable game remaining on its schedule.
UT does remain in first place in the REAL Standings, however, with KU having a Losable game yet to play. March 8. College Station. Where Tech fell by 44. Where UT fell by 17.
Where Nebraska won by 6. What’s wrong with this picture?
But, first, KU and UT must take care of business in Home games vs. Tech and Lubbock respectively. As if. . .
Meanwhile, Okie St continued making its move up the Real Standings Ladder, picking up a full game in the RSP with a Road victory at Nebraska—its third consecutive W away from home and its 5th in its last six games overall.
Non-Event games found Projected Home W’s by OU over A&M (10 points in the first half? Are you kidding me?), Baylor over Mizzou, Colorado over Iowa St, and--oh, by the way—KU over k-state (with Beasley outscoring A&M’s entire team 39-37).
REAL STANDINGS: 3/2/08
Note: The current breakdown of teams into tiers, which is the only subjective aspect of the REAL Standings is:
Tier One: KU, UT Tier Two: Baylor, k-state, Mizzou, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Okie St, Texas A&M, Texas Tech Tier Three: CU, ISU
UT (11-3) Projected L’s: None Losable games: None
KU (11-3) Projected L’s: None Losable games: at A&M
k-state (8-6) Projected L’s: None Losable games: at ISU
Baylor (8-6) Projected L’s: at TT Losable games: None
OU (7-7) Projected L’s: at OSU Losable games: None
OSU (7-7) Projected L’s: at UT Losable games: None
Tech (7-7) Projected L’s: at KU Losable games: None
A&M (7-7) Projected L’s: at BU Losable games: KU
NU (6-8) Projected L’s: at UT Losable games: None
MU (5-9) Projected L’s: at OU Losable games: None
ISU (4-10) Projected L’s: at MU Losable games: ksu
CU (3-11) Projected L’s: at ksu, at NU Losable games: None
FOR YOUR VIEWING PLEASURE
Big XII Midweek Games, with IQ (Interest Quotient) on a 1-4 star scale:
1. Texas Tech at KU (8:0p.m.)**1/2
After playing Mr. Hyde last week in College Station, Tech played Dr. Jekyll Saturday afternoon vs. UT in Lubbock. On the Road again, expect a Hydeous relapse.
Projected W: KU
2. NU at UT (6:30p.m.)*1/2
Exhibit 1 for the proposition that the Big 12 should consider adopting a mercy rule.
Projected W: UT
3. Colorado at k-state (8:00p.m.)*
Projected W: k-state
4. Iowa St at Mizzou (7:00p.m.)*1/2
Exhibit 3? That might be stretching it, but it won’t be Bedlam either. . .
Projected W: Mizzou
5. OU at Okie St (7:00p.m.)***1/2
With Okie St coming on strong (5 of their last 6), this game will justify the Bedlam Series moniker.
Projected W: Okie St
6. A&M at Baylor (8:00p.m.)***
These two teams played 65 minutes in College Station. For you Aggies and Bears, that’s longer than a football game.
Projected W: Baylor