RECAP The pre-season REAL Standings examined the question concerning the greatest current streak in the world of sports. Matt Norlander said it was Duke’s record of being voted into the Top Ten every week for six years running. I was of the opinion that it was KU’s nine consecutive conference championships.
Well, the Duke streak is dead. Long live The Streak.
More specifically, Duke is now desperately attempting to remain in the Top 25, let alone the Top 10. KU’s streak, on the other hand, lives on, and the Jayhawks have the easiest path to a tenth straight Big 12 championship—admittedly a far from certain one with sixteen conference games remaining.
Not that Saturday made a difference one way or another. Projected victories, like KU’s Home W against K-State, have a way of maintaining the status quo in the REAL world. The Jayhawks had a projected record of 13.5-4.5 before Saturday, and that has remained unchanged.
Okie St was the REAL winner Saturday, picking up half a game on the other Tier One teams with a last second victory in an at-risk game at West Virginia. One play is all that separated the Cowboys form remaining within a half game of first place and being on the verge of virtual elimination. That one play, however, righted the ship after falling in its only previous at-risk venture last week at K-State.
The REAL loser Saturday? Iowa State after dropping its first at-risk game of the year at Oklahoma.
As for Tier 2 teams, OU picked up half a game with its Home W over the Cyclones, while WVU dropped the same half game in one that got away.
Projected wins by Baylor over TCU anywhere (this time in Waco) and Texas over Tech in Austin had zero effect on the REAL Standings.
THE CURRENT REAL STANDINGS TIERS
1. Tier One: Baylor, Iowa St, KU, Okie St
2. Tier Two: K-State, Oklahoma, Texas, West Virginia
3. Tier Three: TCU, Texas Tech
THE CURRENT REAL STANDINGS:
KU (2-0) Projected L’s: at ISU, at BU, at OSU At-risk games: at UT, KSU, at WVU
Baylor (1-1) Projected L’s: at KU, at OSU At-risk games: at OU, at UT, at WVU, at KSU
Okie St (2-1) Projected L’s: at KU, at BU, at ISU At-risk games: at OU, at UT
Iowa St (2-1) Projected L’s: at KU, at OSU, at BU At Risk Games: at UT, at WVU, at K-State
K-State (2-1) Projected L’s: at UT, at ISU, at WVU, at BU, at OU, at OSU At-risk games: KU, at Tech, ISU, BU
Oklahoma (2-1) Projected L’s: at KSU, at BU, at ISU, at WVU, at OSU, at KU At-risk games: at Tech, OSU, BU, at TCU
W. Virginia (2-1) Projected L’s: at KSU, at OSU, at BU, at KU, at UT, at ISU, at OU At-risk games: ISU, BU, KU
Texas (1-2) Projected L’s: at WVU, at BU, at KSU, at ISU, at KU, at Tech At-risk games: ISU, KU, at TCU, OSU, BU, at Tech
Texas Tech (0-3) Projected L’s: BU, at TCU, at WVU, at KSU, at OSU, at OU, at ISU, KU, at OSU, at BU, at KU At-risk games: OU, KSU, UT
TCU (0-3) Projected L’s: at OSU, at OU, KU, at Tech, at ISU, BU, at KU, at KSU, ISU, OSU, at WVU, at UT At-risk games: UT, OU
All times CST
1. Texas at West Virginia (6:00p.m.)* ** (Projected W: WVU)
How quickly the Mountaineers bounce back emotionally from the Okie St game get away from them will tell this tale.
2. KU at Iowa St (8:00p.m.) ***** (Projected W: ISU)
Might be the loudest game of the year in the Big 12. Or anywhere. Rarely has a team and its fan base yearned so desperately to beat an opponent that is not a natural rival.
3. Oklahoma at K-State (6:00p.m.)***1/2 (Projected W: K-State)
K-State won ten straight after its last loss. Was that a fluke or its SOP?
4. TCU at Okie St (7:00p.m.) * (Projected W: Okie St)
Is this game REALly necessary? Well, yes. Every Tier One team needs a bye disguised as a W now and then.
5. Baylor at Texas Tech (8:00p.m.)*1/2 (Projected W: BU)
At least this game is on the Road, making it somewhat less of a bye.