There is a saying in Texas that goes something like this: “OU Sucks!”

There is also a theory in the Lone Star State that the only reason Texas does not fall into the Gulf of Mexico is that—you guessed it--Oklahoma sucks!

For one day, anyway, both of the above sentiments were wrong. On Wednesday, January 18, 2017, Oklahoma did not suck. West Virginia did.  OU handed the Mountaineers their first Home loss of the 2017 Big 12 season, in the process dealing WVU a serious blow in their quest for a Big 12 title. Not quite a mortal blow as long as KU could lose a game in Allen Fieldhouse, which, in theory, is possible.

With its unexpected and unprojected victory, OU picked up a full game in the REAL Standings to 6.5-11.5 and moved within a half game of fourth place. At this point, they might be the team to beat for that prestigious spot.

Conversely, West Virginia dropped a full game in the REAL Standings, being (a) the first Tier One team to lose a Home game to (b) a Tier Two team. They now sit two full games behind the team and coach seeking a 13th straight season of either sharing the Big 12 championship or winning it outright.

The deficit is two games instead of one and a half because KU picked up an additional half game with its W in Ames.  That half game also moved the Jayhawks back in front of Baylor.

In the other Midweek surprise (defined as any Road W by a tier Two team or any win by anyone on a Tier One team’s Home court), K-State outran and outshot Okie St in Stillwater. As a result, K-State picked up a full game in the REALStandings and became a fourth place threat in its own right.

 In other action, Baylor downed Texas as expected in Waco, and Tech took care of TCU in Lubbock, both games going as projected.


                                                   CURRENT TIERS

Tier 1:

KU, Baylor, West Virginia

Tier 2:

Iowa St, K-State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma St, Texas, TCU, Texas Tech,



  1. 14-4

KU (6-0)

Projected L’s (at WVU, at BU)

At risk games (at K-State, at Tech, at UT, at OSU)

  1. 13.5-4.5

Baylor (5-1)

Projected L’s (at KU)

At risk games (at TCU, at OSU, at Tech, at ISU, at UT)

  1. 12-6

WVU (4-2) 

Projected L’s (at KU, at BU)

At risk games (at K-State, at ISU, at OU, at TCU


  1. 8-10

ISU (3-3)

Projected L’s (at OU, at KU, at UT, at K-State, at Tech, at WVU)

At risk games (vs. WVU, vs. BU


Projected L’s (at OSU, at K-State, at BU, at ISU, at KU, at OU)

At risk games: (vs, BU, vs. WVU)


Texas Tech (3-3)

Projected L’s (at BU, at UT, at TCU, at WVU, at OSU, at K-State)

At risk games (vs. KU, vs. BU)


K-State (3-3)


Projected L’s (at ISU, at BU, at WVU, at UT, at OU, at TCU)

At risk games (WVU, KU)

  1. 7.5-10.5

OU (2-4)

     Projected L’s (at UT, at Tech, at ISU, at OSU, at BU, at KU) 

At risk games (vs. WVU)


  1. 6-12

UT (1-5)

Projected L’s (at KU, at TCU, at OSU, at OU, at WVU, at Tech)

At risk games (vs. KU, vs. BU)


  1. 5-13

Okie State (0-6) 

Projected L’s (at Tech, at OU, at WVU, at TCU, at K-State, at ISU)

At risk games (vs. BU, vs. KU)



                                         AS SEEN ON TV


  1. Iowa St at Oklahoma (1:00p.m.) (ESPN) (At-risk game)***

Two teams trending in opposite directions. OU coming off the best win in the league this season, Iowa St desperate to end a two game losing streak.                                           

  1. Oklahoma St at Texas Tech (1:00p.m.) (ESPNU) (Projected W: Tech)***

     Can Okie St’s first conference W be a Road W? Remember, it almost was last Saturday in Lawrence.                    

  1. Texas at KU (1:00p.m.) (CBS) (Projected W: KU)***

     You know what game Shaka Smart would like to win more than any other.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

  1. West Virginia at K-State (5:00p.m.) (ESPNU) (At-risk game)****

An important half game pickup for one of these teams.   

  1. Baylor at TCU (7:00p.m.) (ESPNU) (At-risk game)****

    A W here and Baylor moves back into a flat-footed tie for first place.