REAL Standings: Home Security

No surprises in the mid-week portion of the Big 12’s first week. All five Home teams won, and, in the REAL world, a Home team victory is always par for the course—with the exception of a Tier 3 (Bottom Feeder) team taking out a contender. Which almost never happens. As projected, Oklahoma took care of Texas in Norman; KU downed k-state for the 38th time in their last 40 attempts; and Mizzou kicked Colorado into the middle of next week—not to mention central Utah.

In the two at-risk games—i.e., where the Home team hosts a team one level higher in the conference hierarchy, the Home team won both: as in A&M over Baylor and Iowa St over Nebraska.

Meaning that the only changes in the REAL Standings are 1/2 game movements by A&M and ISU (up) and Baylor and NU (down).

REAL STANDINGS: 1/15/09

Contenders (Level 1): Baylor, KU, OU, UT.

Competitors (Level 2): A&M, k-state, Mizzou, Nebraska, Okie St,

Bottom-feeders (Level 3): Colorado, Iowa St, Tech

1. 12.5-3.5

KU (1-0) Projected L’s: at Baylor, at OU Losable games: at NU, at Mizzou, at k-state

OU (2-0) Projected L’s: at Baylor, at UT Losable games: at A&M, at Okie St, at Mizzou

3. 11.5-4.5

Baylor (1-1) Projected L’s: at OU, at UT Losable games: at k-state, at Mizzou, at Okie St

UT (1-1) Projected L’s: at Baylor, at KU Losable games: at NU, at A&M, at Okie St

5. 8-8

NU (1-1) Projected L’s: at OU, at Mizzou, at KU, at k-state, at Baylor Losable games: vs. KU, at Tech, at CU, vs. UT

A&M (1-1) Projected L: at KU, at UT, at OU, at Baylor, at NU Losable games: vs. OU, vs. UT, at Tech, at CU

7. 7.5-8.5

Mizzou (1-1) Projected L’s: at Okie St, at k-state, at UT, at KU, at A&M Losable games: vs. Baylor, at ISU, vs. KU, at CU, vs. OU

: OSU (1-0) Projected L’s: at Baylor, at NU, at A&M, at KU, at UT, at OU Losable games: vs. OU, at Tech, vs. Baylor, at CU, vs. UT

9. 7-9

k-state (0-2) Projected L’s: at NU, at UT, at A&M, at Mizzou, at Okie St Losable games: vs. Baylor, at CU, vs. KU, at ISU

10. 4-12

ISU (1-1) Projected L’s: at Mizzou, vs. KU, at CU, vs. OU, at k-state, at Okie St, at KU, vs. Baylor, at A&M, at NU Losable games: vs. Mizzou, vs. k-state

11. 3.5-12.5

CU (0-1) Projected L’s: vs. KU, at Tech, at KU, at OU, at ISU, vs. UT, at NU, at Baylor, at k-state Losable games: vs. k-state, vs. NU, vs. Mizzou, vs. Okie St, vs. A&M

12. 2.5-13.5

Tech (0-1) Projected L’s: vs. UT, at Mizzou, at A&M, at Okie St, vs. Baylor, at k-state, at OU, at UT, vs. OU, vs. KU, at ISU Losable games: vs. NU, vs. Okie St, vs. A&M

FOR YOUR VIEWING PLEASURE

Saturday’s XII Games, with IQ (Interest Quotient):

1. Iowa St at Mizzou (12:30p.m.)** (Projected W: Mizzou)

Should be an easy time for Mizzou—though not as easy as Wednesday night.

2. Okie St at Baylor (12:30p.m.)*** (Projected W: Baylor)

The game at A&M was not critical for Baylor. This one is. The Bears cannot afford a Home Loss.

3. Oklahoma at A&M (1:00p.m.)**** (Toss-up)

OU can grab sole possession of first place in the REAL Standings with a win in College Station. Being one of the few REAListic chances for a Sooner loss this season, the Jayhawks and others have a big time rooting interest in this game. Gig ‘Em.

4. KU at Colorado (2:30p.m.)**1/2 (Projected W: KU)

A fortuitous opening Road opponent for a young team that has shown nothing thus far this season in enemy territory. If they can’t win this game, what game will they win outside the friendly confines of AFH? It’s the first Road victory that is always the hardest. If the young Hawk do taste some Road Kill, no matter the opponent, the sky might suddenly become the limit.

5. Texas at Texas Tech (3:00p.m.)*1/2 (Projected W: UT)

Even the Home court is unlikely to turn this into a contest. UT will be focused after their loss in Norman. Tech might give Colorado a run for the title of the Big 12’s worst team.

6. k-state at Nebraska (5:00p.m.)**1/2 (Projected W: k-state)

Nice match-up between two evenly matched teams. Could be an NIT bid on the line.

--Mark

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