With the mid-week games decided, the big news, of course, is KU’s win in Manhattan. Well, okay, KU winning in Manhattan is not exactly news (23-2), nor is their defeating K-State anywhere (45-3). But, for the sake of the REAL Standings, winning at K-State is a big deal. It puts two REAL games between KU and their arch-rival, as well as a full game over every other contender, forcing everyone else to either win in Manhattan or in another venue if and when the Jayhawks lose elsewhere.
And where that might be, who knows? The Hawks have five challenging Road games remaining, four of which will probably be in doubt in the final five minutes. My theory has long been that any team can outplay (or outluck) any other team for five minutes (with the exception of Iowa St after being taken into OT by a bank shot). But if this KU team keeps finding ways to turn L’s into W’s late, I might have to rethink that premise.
OU over Texas in Norman and Baylor over Okie St in Waco were unremarkable events, both Home teams prevailing as projected.
The same could be said of West Virginia over Tech and ISU over TCU.
THE CURRENT 2013 SEASON REAL TIERS (Subject to change)
1. Tier One: Baylor/Iowa St/KU/KSU/OU/OSU
2. Tier Two: Texas/West Virginia
3. Tier Three: N/A
4. Tier Four: TCU/Tech.
THE CURRENT 2013 REAL STANDINGS:
KU (5-0) Projected L’s: at OU, at OSU, at ISU, at BU At-risk games: at WVU
Oklahoma (4-1) Projected L’s: at KU, at BU, at ISU, at OSU At-risk games: at UT
Baylor (4-1) Projected L’s: at ISU, at OU, at K-State, at OSU At-risk games: at WVU, at UT
Iowa St (4-1) Projected L’s: at OSU, at K-State, at OU, at BU At-risk games: at UT, at WVU
Okie St (2-3) Projected L’s: at KU, at ISU At-risk games: at UT, at WVU
K-State (4-1) Projected L’s: at ISU, at OU, at KU, at BU, at OSU At-risk games: at UT
W. Virginia (2-3) Projected L’s: at OSU, at BU, at K-State, at KU, at OU At-risk games: KU, OSU, BU, ISU
Texas (0-5) Projected L’s: at K-State, at WVU, at KU, at OSU At-risk games: OSU, ISU, K-State, OU, BU
Texas Tech (1-5) Projected L’s: at UT, WVU, K-State, at BU, OSU, at WVU, OU, at ISU, at K-State, at KU, UT At-risk games: N/A
TCU (0-6) Projected L’s: BU, at UT, KU, WVU, at OU, at ISU, UT, at KU, OSU, at Tech, at K-State, OU At-risk games: N/A
What to Watch
1. West Virginia at Okie St (Noon)*1/2 (projected W: Okie St)
Okie St has lost three Road games against good teams (K-State/OU/BU). They can’t afford to lose any game at Home, least of all to a team that is a non-factor in the conference race
2. K-State at Iowa St (12:45p.m.) **** (Projected W: ISU)
K-State’s opportunity to make up some of the ground it lost by going down at Home Tuesday night. Or not.
3. OU at KU (3:00p.m.)**** (Projected W: KU)
The Fighting Lonnies look to insert themselves seriously into the conversation. Kevin Young and Perry Ellis will need to step up their game or this one might be another too close for comfort Home game for the Jayhawks.
4. Baylor at TCU (3:00p.m.)* (Projected W: BU)
Baylor gets to answer the age old question: TCU or Hardin-Simmons?
5. Texas Tech at Texas (7:00p.m.)* (Projected W: UT)
If UT doesn’t get off the schneid here, when will they? Oh, right. They get TCU at Home next Saturday.