This just in: Nothing happened Monday night that had any impact on the REAL Big 12 Standings.
KU downed K-State at Home as projected; and Oklahoma won as projected over TCU. How could they not? Indeed, OU led the Horned Frogs, the worst team in the history of the Big 12, 36-11 at halftime and 50-17 early in the second half.
As a result, Okie St remains all alone in first place, one game in front of K-State and Oklahoma and a game and a half ahead of KU.
Okie St’s advantage, of course, is that, with but three current losses, they get their three closest competitors in Stillwater and only in Stillwater in the season’s final four weeks.
This fact also creates an opportunity for each of those teams, because a win in Stillwater is worth two games in the REAL World vis a vis the Home team.
As for the Jayhawks, they have three huge Road games remaining: At Okie St, Iowa St, and Baylor. Win two of those three, and KU will almost certainly claim at least a share of its ninth consecutive conference championship—provided that one of the wins is in Stillwater.
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: Texas Tech
4. Tier Four: TCU
THE CURRENT 2013 REAL STANDINGS:
1. 13.5-4.5 Okie St (7-3) Projected L’s: at ISU At-risk games: at WVU
K-State (8-3) Projected L’s: at BU, at OSU At-risk games: at UT
Oklahoma (7-4) Projected L’s: at OSU At-risk games: at UT
KU (8-3) Projected L’s: at OSU, at ISU, at BU At-risk games: N/A
Baylor (6-4) Projected L’s: at OU, at K-State At-risk games: at WVU, at UT
Iowa St (6-4) Projected L’s: at OU, at BU At-risk games: at UT, at WVU
W. Virginia (5-5) Projected L’s: at BU, at K-State, at KU, at OU At-risk games: OSU, BU, ISU
Texas (2-8) Projected L’s: at KU, at OSU At-risk games: ISU, K-State, OU, BU, at Tech
Texas Tech (2-8) Projected L’s: OSU, at WVU, OU, at ISU, at K-State, at KU At-risk games: UT
TCU (1-10) Projected L’s: at ISU, UT, at KU, OSU, at Tech, at K-State, OU At-risk games: N/A
What to Watch
1. Okie St at Tech*1/2 (6:00p.m.) (Projected W: OSU)
This is why the Big 12 is Okie St’s to lose. Too many easy games remaining while their primary competitors play cage matches.
2. Iowa St at Texas***1/2 (7:00p.m.) (At risk game)
Somebody had to play Texas in El Kabongo’s first game back. ISU drew the short straw. If the rust doesn’t show, the Cyclones are truly at risk.
3. West Virginia at Baylor**1/2 (8:00p.m.) (Projected W: Baylor)
There is only one reason to watch this game: Huggins vs. Drew could conceivably make this mismatch in talent competitive.