The only movement in the REAL Big 12 Standings in the Midweek games was from K-State and Baylor, with K-State picking up .5 games in an at-risk contest in Waco. With that achievement, K-State is now -.5 in its last three games: i.e., beating Texas at Home in a zero sum game; losing a full game at Home by falling to Okie St; and now making up half that lost game at Baylor.
Which is the beauty of the REAL Standings. The uninitiated will look at K-State’s last three games and say, “2-1 with a win over the No. 1 ranked team and a win over another Top 25 team on the Road. Pretty damn good.”
Those who know better REALize that these three games have been a net loss in the REAL world, not only to KU (3-0 over the same span and +.5 in the REAL Standings ), but even to Texas, the No. 1 ranked team they vanquished, which is 1-1 over the same stretch with no REAL movement.
In other action, it was win, win, win for the Home team: KU, Okie St, UT, OU, and Colorado over Mizzou, A&M, Tech, Iowa St, and Nebraska.
1. Contenders: KU, K-State, and UT.
2. Competitors: Everyone else.
3. Bottom-feeders: None.
The January 28, 2010 REAL Big 12 Standings:
KU (5-0) Projected L’s: at K-State, at UT Losable games: at CU, at A&M, at Okie St, at Mizzou
UT (4-1) Projected L’s: None Losable games: at OSU, at OU, at Mizzou, at Tech, at A&M, at BU
K-State (4-2) Projected L’s: at KU Losable games: at NU, at ISU, at OU, at Tech
Mizzou (3-2) Projected L’s: at CU, at BU, at NU, at K-State, at ISU Losable games: vs. UT, vs. KU
Okie St (4-2) Projected L’s: at Mizzou, at Tech, at Iowa St, at UT, at A&M Losable games: vs. UT, vs. KU
Oklahoma (3-3) Projected L’s: at NU, at OSU, at CU, at KU, at UT Losable games: vs. UT, vs. K-State
Texas A&M (3-3) Projected L’s: at Mizzou, at Tech, at ISU, at BU, at OU Losable games: vs. KU, vs. UT
Baylor (2-3) Projected L’s: at UT, at A&M, at NU, at OSU, at OU, at Tech Losable games: vs. UT
Colorado (2-4) Projected L’s: at ISU, at K-State, at KU, at Mizzou, at NU Losable games: vs. KU
Iowa St (1-4) Projected L’s: at BU, at Mizzou, at KU, at CU, at K-State Losable games: vs. K-State
Texas Tech (2-4) Projected L’s: at A&M, at OU, at BU, at NU, at CU Losable games: vs. UT, vs. K-State
Nebraska (0-5) Projected L’s: at KU, at UT, at K-State, at ISU, at OSU Losable games: vs. K-State
What to Watch
1. Oklahoma at Nebraska (12:30p.m.)**1/2 (Projected W: NU)
Tommy Mason-Griffin gets my vote for Big 12 freshman of the year. He might outscore Nebraska by himself. Willie Who?
2. Okie St at Mizzou (1:00p.m.)*** (Projected W: Mizzou)
Okie St tries for its second straight Saturday upset along I-70.
3. Baylor at Texas (3:00p.m.)*** (Projected W: UT)
Which Baylor team shows up: the one that is worth the price of admission, as in its loss in Lawrence, or the one that sucked out loud Tuesday night in its loss to K-State in Waco?
4. KU at K-State (6:00p.m.)********** (Projected W: K-State)
UT at K-State was a five star game on a four star scale. Make this a 10 Star Special. Biggest game in this rivalry since ’88 in Detroit.
5. Colorado at Iowa St (8:00p.m.)** (Projected W: ISU)
Hilton Magic? It will take some kind of magic to keep the patrons awake for 40 minutes. . .
6. Texas Tech at Texas A&M (8:00p.m.)** (Projected W: A&M)
Tech looked as good as it has all year for 30 minutes Wednesday night in Austin. They need to hope they didn't waste all their good shots at the driving range, but saved some of them for a game they actually have a chance to win.