Have no fear: Change is coming. Something is amiss if K-State—or anyone, for that matter—can get credited with ½ game in the REAL Standings by beating TCU anytime, anywhere. That is crazier than giving a team credit for beating KU in football. I say crazy “er” because KU was actually in position to win four conference football games, but couldn’t close the deal. TCU’s basketball team, on the other hand, has already lost to Tech at Home and might well go 720 games without being in position to win any of them. In other words, TCU belongs in Tier 4, even if Tier 3 is vacant.
And how do you solve a problem like Baylor’s Bears? Normally, a loss on the Road to a Tier One team would be considered a non-event. That’s what is supposed to happen. But the team that lost in Allen Fieldhouse Monday night did not resemble, in any respect, a team that had been coached. Not just that it did not look well-coached. It looked un-coached.
Normally, Scott Drew’s players at least create the illusion that he has tried.
So change is in the air. But, true to the REAL Standings guidelines, we won’t jump the gun, but will wait until at least the quarter point of the season this weekend to reassess the teams’ relative strengths and Tier Placements.
After all, nothing of note occurred during this week’s M-W games. KU over Baylor was projected, as were OU over Tech in Norman and Iowa St over West Virginia in Ames. The only game that resulted in a minor change in the REAL Standings was the aforementioned K-State victory over TCU in Fort Worth, but that is of little consequence in the big picture.
THE CURRENT 2013 SEASON REAL TIERS (Subject to change)
1. Tier One: KU/Okie St/Baylor
2. Tier Two: Iowa St, K-State, Oklahoma, Texas, and West Virginia.
3. Tier Three: TCU, Tech.
THE CURRENT2013 REAL STANDINGS:
Baylor (3-1) Projected L’s: at OSU At-risk games: at ISU, at K-State, at OU, at WVU, at UT
KU (3-0) Projected L’s: at OSU, at BU At-risk games: at UT, at K-State, at WVU, at OU, at ISU
Okie St (1-2) Projected L’s: at BU, at KU At-risk games: at UT, at WVU, at ISU
K-State (3-0) Projected L’s: at ISU, at OU, at KU, at UT, at BU, at OSU At-risk games: KU, at Tech, BU
Oklahoma (3-0) Projected L’s: at KSU, at KU, at BU, at ISU, at OSU, at UT At-risk games: KU, at Tech, BU, at TCU
Iowa State (2-1) Projected L’s: at OSU, at K-State, at UT, at BU, at OU, at WVU At-risk games: at TCU, at Tech, BU, KU, OSU
W. Virginia (1-3) Projected L’s: at OSU, at BU, at K-State, at KU, at OU At-risk games: KU, at Tech, at TCU, OSU, BU
Texas (0-3) Projected L’s: at OU, at K-State, at WVU, at KU, at OSU At-risk games: KU, OSU, at TCU, BU, at Tech
Texas Tech (1-3) Projected L’s: at OSU, at UT, at BU, OSU, at WVU, at ISU, at K-State, at KU At-risk games: ISU, WVU, K-State, OU, UT
TCU (0-4) Projected L’s: at WVU, BU, at UT, KU, at OU, at ISU, at KU, OSU, at Tech, at K-State At-risk games: ISU, WVU, UT, OU
What to Watch
1. Iowa St at TCU (12:30p.m.)* (At-risk game)
TCU’s last chance to avoid falling into the depths of REAL Standings oblivion. Not bloody likely, but who knows: maybe the Fighting Mayors go 3 for 38 from behind the arc, and the game goes down to the final minute.
2. Texas Tech at Oklahoma St (1:00p.m.) * (Projected W: OSU)
Here’s an idea: Let’s change the name of the conference to the Big 8 as a matter of truth-in-advertising.
3. West Virginia at Purdue (1:00p.m.)*
There have been years when this game would have been a pleasant diversion from Big 10 or Big 12 conference play. This is not such a year.
4. KU at Texas (1:00p.m.)***1/2 (At-risk game)
There have been years when this would have been a monster game both regionally and nationally. This is not such a year. Don’t make the mistake, however, of thinking that this game is an automatic W for the Jayhawks. UT has a decent amount of firepower, and they’re at Home. If KU doesn’t come to play, this one could be in doubt with five minutes remaining.
5. Hardin-Simmons at Baylor (2:00p.m.)*
What the hell is this?
6. Oklahoma at K-State (3:00p.m.)**** (Projected W: K-State)
Lon Kruger swept K-State last year. Bruce Webber’s opportunity to one-up Frank Martin without utilizing either a wake or a burial.