The biggest statement of the midweek games was, of course, made by Oklahoma, taking down the consensus Big 12 favorite on the Road. And by plenty (70-49), capitalizing on UT’s Ray Benson imitation. As a result, OU’s projected record moves to 13-5, tying it atop the REAL Standings with, who else, Bill Self and KU, who, likewise, took down a Contender on the Road. The only difference being that KU, which defeated Baylor 56-55, still has to go to Austin, while OU gets to visit Waco As has been suggested before, Baylor is a marginal Contender, residing either at the lower end of Tier 1 or the upper end of Tier 2.
In other action, West Virginia took care of Texas Tech in Lubbock, as projected, and Iowa St, as projected, defeated Okie St in Ames. No change in the REAL Standings as a result of either game.
K-State, on the other hand, picked up ½ game at the expense of TCU, by winning an at-risk game in Manhattan, leaving it but one win shy of its projected Win total for the season.
Tier 1 : Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, West Virginia
Tier 2: Okie St, TCU
Tier 3: K-State, Texas Tech
Oklahoma (2-0) Projected Losses: at WVU, at KU, at BU, at ISU At risk games: at OSU, at TCU
KU (1-0) Projected Losses: at ISU, at UT, at WVU, at OU At risk games: at TCU, at OSU
West Virginia (2-0) Projected Losses: at UT, at OU, at ISU, at BU, at KU At risk games: at OSU
Iowa St: (1-0) Projected Losses: at WVU, at BU, at KU, at OU, at UT At risk games: at OSU, at TCU
Texas (1-1) Projected Losses: at ISU, at BU, at OU, at WVU, at KU At risk games: at OSU, at TCU
Baylor (0-2) Projected Losses: at WVU, at KU, at ISU, at UT At risk games: at TCU, at OSU
Okie St (1-1) Projected Losses: at KU, at OU, at UT, at BU, at TCU, at WVU At risk games: UT, at KSU, BU, OU, KU, ISU, WVU, at Tech
TCU (0-2) Projected Losses: at WVU, at ISU, at BU, at UT, at KU, at OU, at OSU At risk games: BU, at Tech, at UT, KU, OU, ISU
K-State (1-1) Projected Losses: at OU, BU, at ISU, WVU, at KU, at Tech, UT, at WVU, OU, at TCU, at BU, KU, ISU, at UT At risk games: OSU
10. Texas Tech (0-2) Projected Losses: at KU, at KSU, at OSU, ISU, at OU, at WVU, at ISU, KU, at UT, BU, OU, at TCU At risk games: TCU, OSU
BIG 12 SCHEDULE
1. Texas Tech at KU (2:00pm)** (Projected W: KU)
Nothing to see here. Move along.
2. Baylor at TCU (3:00pm)*** (At-risk game)
TCU needs to win one of these games versus a Tier One team at Home to solidify its Second Tier status.
2. Texas at Okie St (4:00pm). **** (At-risk game)
Could the pre-season favorite start 0-2 in a year when the champions will likely have 4 losses max?
Yes. Yes they could.
3. K-State at Oklahoma (6:00pm) **1/2 (Projected W: OU)
Lon Kruger gets to bedevil his alma mater again.
4. Iowa St at West Virginia (7:00pm) ***** (Projected W: WVU)
West Virginia’s biggest test of the early season, despite it being their first Home game.