REAL Standings: The End Is Near (Maybe)

It goes without saying that the biggest game of the year took place Monday Night. No, not because it matched two of the three Tier One teams. Nor because KU came away the victor. But because it was the first time one of the three REAL contenders lost at Home. AND because it was to another contender—meaning KU picked up a full game in the REAL Standings at the same time that the Sooners dropped a full game, Because 1+1 equals 2, the Hawks now lead OU by two full RS games.

Provided REAL Standings form holds in all other respects, the Sooners’ only chance of grabbing a share of the conference title is to beat Mizzou on the Road (thus picking up a full RS game) and hope that Mizzou beats the KU on the Road (dropping the Hawks a full RS game).

In other words, Oklahoma is NOT OK, whereas everything is up to date in the Kansas city of Lawrence.

Mizzou, although trailing OU by a half game in the REAL Standings, actually has a more likely path to a share of the conference championship, as well as the top seed in the Post-Season tournament. The Tigers can make up its two game deficit to KU in 40 minutes on Sunday, without having to hope for any help from anyone. Of course, Mizzou, even in that unlikely event, still have to take out OU at Home (not a sure thing despite being a Projected W) and A&M on the Road (an at-risk game against a team that appears to be on the upswing).

In fact, the other big news of the Mid-week schedule was A&M’s last second victory at Nebraska, giving A&M a full game boost in the REAL Standings.

Projected Winners, thus, had a dismal 2-2 record in the M-W games. Mizzou and UT held up their end of the bargain with the W’s they had been Projected to claim vs. k-state and Texas Tech respectively. No REAL change, then for MU and UT.

For the season, the record of Projected Winners dropped to 48-9. Again, though, the big story being that a REAL contender dropped a Home game..

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In the two at-risk games on the schedule, the Home teams went 1-1: Okie St won at Colorado, while Iowa St held a revival of that old time Hilton religion and picked up its first extra-tierestial victory of the season (over Baylor).

Home teams are now 5-14 for the season in at-risk games.

REAL STANDINGS: 2/26/09

The Big 12 hierarchy remains unchanged:

Contenders (Tier 1): KU, MU, OU.

Competitors (Tier 2): A&M, Baylor, k-state, Nebraska, Okie St, UT

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

1. 15-1

KU (12-1) Projected L’s: None

Losable games: None

2. 13-3

OU (11-2) Projected L’s: at Mizzou

Losable games: None

3. 12.5-3.5

MU (11-2) Projected L’s: at KU

Losable games: at A&M

4. 9-7

k-state (7-6) Projected L’s: at Okie St

Losable games: none

OSU (7-6) Projected L’s: at OU

Losable games: None

UT (8-5) Projected L’s: at Okie St, at KU

Losable games: None

7. 8-8

A&M (6-7) Projected L’s: None

Losable games: at CU, vs. Mizzou

8. 7-9

NU (6-7) Projected L’s: at k-state, at Baylor

Losable games: None

9. 6-10

Baylor (4-9) Projected L’s: at UT

Losable games: None

10. 4-12

ISU (3-10) Projected L’s: at A&M, at NU

Losable games: None

11. 2-14

Tech (2-11) Projected L’s: vs. OU, vs. KU, at Iowa St

Losable games: None

12. 1.5-14.5

CU (1-12) Projected L’s: at Baylor, at k-state

Losable games: vs. A&M

FOR YOUR VIEWING PLEASURE

Weekend Games, with IQ (Interest Quotient):

SATURDAY

1. Iowa St at A&M (12:30p.m.)** (Projected W: A&M)

Iowa St is looking a little feisty. Wouldn’t pass up that hot bowling date for this one, though.

2. Oklahoma at Tech (2:30p.m.)* (Projected W: OU)

Who says the United States does not torture? I would confess to anything to get out of watching this game.

3. Colorado at Baylor (3:00p.m.)* (Projected W: Baylor)

Come to think of it, this one could be even more painful.

4. UT at Okie St (5:00p.m.)*** (Projected W: Okie St)

A must game for Okie St’s March hopes. And UT is not home free yet.

5. Nebraska at k-state (7:00 p.m.)*** (Projected W: k-state)

N-I-T.N-I-T. N-I-T.

SUNDAY

6. Mizzou at KU (1:00p.m.)********************* (Projected W: KU)

Mizzou tries to take the inside track to its first Big 12 Championship in any men’s sport—or put another way, in any sport that matters. Your job, Mr. Jayhawk, if you choose to accept it (and I know you will), is to prevent the premature arrival of the End of Days as prophesied in the Book of Revelation.

--Mark

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