The game that could have ended an era instead added new life to the Big 12 race. KU, with its win at Stillwater negating its loss in Lawrence, moved atop the REAL Standings--at least until Saturday, when K-State and Okie St have a chance to catch the Jayhawks with wins over Tier Two teams Texas and West Virginia respectively. And OU gets its chance to join that group later at Texas.
In other words, as some sports announcer used to say, it’s “Katy, bar the door!” Whatever that means. I think it has something to do with a wild finish.
But whereas the Jayhawks were one shot by Naadir Tharpe from being on life support in their bid to claim a ninth consecutive Big 12 championship, they are now positioned as well as anyone to accomplish that feat. Win out, and they cannot be denied Number 9. And with Stillwater out of the way, winning out is much more likely than it was as recently as Tuesday.
Of course, winning out means prevailing in Ames and Waco. Not to overlook Saturday’s game vs. TCU, but KU’s game in Ames Monday night suddenly assumes mammoth proportions.
Okay, I am overlooking Saturday’s game vs. TCU. I feel sorry for the Fort Worthers. I REALly do. And not because they live in Fort Worth. It’s a nice town compared to Waco.
The other big move in the REAL Standings during the mid-week games was by Iowa St, as it picked up one full REAL game by taking out the Pacifistic Drews in Waco. By doing so, ISU maintains about the same chance KU would have had with two fewer points in Stillwater.
In other action, the projected winners prevailed: K-State over West Virginia in Manhattan, UT over TCU in the aforementioned land of Billy Bob’s, and OU over Tech on the high plains. And by “high,” I don’t mean in attendance.
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:
KU (10-3) Projected L’s: at ISU, at BU At-risk games: N/A
K-State (10-3) Projected L’s: at BU, at OSU At-risk games: at UT
Oklahoma (8-5) Projected L’s: N/A At-risk games: at UT
Okie St (9-4) Projected L’s: at ISU At-risk games: at WVU
Iowa St (8-5) Projected L’s: at OU At-risk games: at WVU
Baylor (7-6) Projected L’s: at OU At-risk games: at WVU, at UT
W. Virginia (6-7) Projected L’s: at KU, at OU At-risk games: OSU, BU, ISU
Texas (4-9) Projected L’s: at OSU At-risk games: K-State, OU, BU, at Tech
Texas Tech (2-11) Projected L’s: at ISU, at K-State, at KU At-risk games: UT
TCU (1-12) Projected L’s: at KU, OSU, at Tech, at K-State, OU At-risk games: N/A
What to Watch
1. Texas Tech at Iowa St *1/2 (12:45p.m.) (Projected W: ISU)
Hilton Magic is worth half a viewability star. Probably won’t be needed on the scoreboard.
2. Okie St at West Virginia **1/2 (1:00p.m.) (At-risk game)
The Cowboys need to rebound strong from their first Home loss to reclaim a share of first place in the REAL World.
3. TCU at KU*1/2 (3:00p.m.) (Projected W: KU)
Is TCU REALly going to show up for this game?
4. Baylor at Oklahoma**** (4:00p.m.) (Projected W: OU)
Scott Drew is outdoing himself this year, getting swept already by Iowa St and with OU, K-State, and KU remaining on the schedule. Which means that Baylor could be the king makers of the Big 12. Or get swept four times.
5. K-State at Texas****(7:00p.m.) (Projected W: at-risk game)
Is UT ready to be a thorn in somebody’s side? If not, K-State picks up half a game and claims a share of the lead in the REAL World.