REAL Standings: The Captain Obvious Edition

         KU picked up another full game in the REAL Standings Tuesday night by winning a Projected Loss Game in Waco. Although their 12th consecutive Big 12 title was already inevitable after their win in Manhattan, it is now even more inevitable to the extent that it is possible for something to be more inevitable. 

        Or, as David Byrne once said: “Same as it ever was. Same as it ever was. Same as it ever was. Same as it ever was.”

    This is, obviously, not a Once in a Lifetime event. At least not for anyone older than 11.5 months.

    The only other movement in the REAL Standings in the mid-week games was a half game pick-up by Texas in an at-risk game at K-State. This thanks to Dean Wade leaving a good look short at the buzzer.

    In water treading action, Oklahoma defeated Okie St at Home, as projected; West Virginia defeated Iowa St at Home, as projected; and Texas Tech defeated TCU at Home, as projected. 

    The bottom line: Only OU and WVU have any hope of sharing the title with the Jayhawks; and that only happens if either team wins out (including a W in Austin for the Sooners or in Waco for the Mountaineers) and KU loses at Texas and to either Tech or Iowa St in Lawrence (where Bill Self is 204-9). In other words, about the same odds as winning the Powerball Jackpot.

    Or, as Billy Joe Shaver once said: “It’s been that way since the get go. It’s been that way since the get go. It’s been that way since the get go. It’s always been that way.”
     

                    CURRENT TIERS

1.    Oklahoma
West Virginia
Texas
Kansas
Baylor
Iowa State 

2.    K-State
Texas Tech

3.    Okie St
TCU

                HOW WE GOT HERE 

Good W’s (Road wins at Power 6 venues):

•    Texas (at WVU, at Baylor)
•    Oklahoma (at Baylor, at WVU)
•    West Virginia (at Iowa St)
•    Baylor (at Iowa St, at Texas)
•    KU (at Oklahoma, at Baylor)
•    ISU (None)

Bad L’s (Losses at Home or at TCU):

•    KU (at Okie St)
•    WVU (vs. UT, vs. OU)
•    OU (vs. KU)
•    UT (at TCU, vs. Baylor)
•    Baylor (vs. OU, vs. UT, vs. Tech, vs. KU)
•    ISU (vs. Baylor, vs. WVU)

                    CURRENT PROJECTIONS

1.    14-4
KU (12-3):     
Projected L’s (at UT)
    At risk games: None

2.        12-6

    OU (10-5):     
Projected L’s (at UT) 
    At risk games: None

    WVU (10-5)
    Projected L’s (at Baylor)
    At risk games: None 

        UT (9-6):     
Projected L’s: None
    At risk games: None

5.    11-7

Baylor (9-6): 
Projected L’s (at OU)
    At risk games: None

6.    10-8

ISU (8-7): 
Projected L’s (at KU)
    At risk games: None    

7.    9-9
    
    Texas Tech (8-7):
Projected L’s (at KU, at WVU)
              At risk games: None

8.    5-13
K-State (4-11)
Projected L’s (at ISU, at Tech)
At risk games: None

9.    3-15

Okie State (3-12):  
Projected L’s (vs. WVU, at ISU, vs. UT)
At risk games: None

10.     2-16

TCU (2-13): 
Projected L’s (vs. BU, at K-State, vs. OU)
At risk games: None

                AS SEEN ON TV

SATURDAY: 

11:00a.m.: Texas Tech at KU (ESPN)***1/2 (Projected W: KU)

    The Jayhawks are, as Lady Gaga once said, On the Edge of Glory.

1:00p.m.: Oklahoma at Texas (CBS) **** (Projected W: UT)
    
    As Steve Harvey once said: “Congratulations to Oklahoma, your 2016 Big 12 Champions.”

5:00 p.m.: K-State at Iowa St (ESPN2)*** (Projected W: ISU)

    “Here I am, stuck in the middle with you.”     

5:00p.m.: West Virginia at Okie St (ESPNU)*1/2 (Projected W: WVU)

    “Mama, don’t let your babies grow up to be Cowboys.”
    
7:00p.m.: Baylor at TCU (ESPNU)* (Projected W: Baylor)

    Who said, “There’s no place like Road”?
 
        That’s right. Scott Drew. You might say it, too, if you lived in Waco. 

        Assuming the Bears beat TCU in Fort Worth, they will be 6-2 away from the Ferrell Center this year. That would be good enough to end KU’s title run if they had won them all at Home like, you know, a champion should. A Home record of 4-4 doesn’t cut it. 

--Mark

 

    

 

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