REAL Standings: The Road to the Big 12 Runs Through Waco Edition

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Anyone will tell you that the foundation of KU’s 12 straight Bug 12 championships is Allen Fieldhouse. Being 9-0  before the first conference game even tips off is a big head start toward 14-4 nor 15-3. It leaves everyone else fighting to make up ground from the git go. As Billy Joe Shaver would add, “It’s always been that way.”

So it is a big deal when KU put itself behind the proverbial 8 Ball by losing at Home Tuesday Monday night to its archrival from the Little Apple. In so doing, the Jayhawks dropped a full game in the REAL Standings—a game that will be ultra-difficult to recoup. Not even prevailing in the return match on February 6 will atone for the Home loss. As an at-risk game it will, if it happens, but make up a half game, which is, as we all know, less than a full one. Still, it will be better than the loss of a half game. A full game better.

West Virginia, meanwhile (within minutes after the KU defeat, dropped a half game itself in the REAL Standings by losing an at-risk contest at Texas Tech. But that was not nearly as costly as a Home loss. Their competitors will, likewise, go on the Road and lose an at-risk game. Or two. Or three. Or …

As a result, Baylor assumes undisputed possession of First Place just by staying put with its W, as projected, vs. Iowa St in Waco.

Also no change in the REAL records of Texas or TCU by downing Okie St and OU respectively, as projected, in their Texas locales.




Tier 1:

KU, Baylor, West Virginia

Tier 2:

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




1. 13-5

  • Baylor (2-0):
    • Projected L’s (at WVU, at KU)
    • At risk games (at K-State, at TCU, at OSU, at Tech, at ISU, at UT)

2. 12.5-5.5

  • WVU (1-1):
    • Projected L’s (at KU, at BU)
    • At risk games (at UT, at K-State, at ISU, at OU, at TCU)

3.  12-6

  • KU (1-1):
    • Projected L’s (at WVU, at BU)
    • At risk games (at OU, at ISU, at K-State, at Tech, at UT, at OSU)

4. 8.5-9.5

  • K-State (2-0):
    • Projected L’s (at Tech, at OSU, at ISU, at BU, at WVU, at UT, at OU, at TCU)
    • At risk games (vs. BU, WVU, KU)

5. 8-10

  • Texas Tech (1-1):
    • Projected L’s (at KU, at OU, at BU, at UT, at TCU, at WVU, at OSU, at K-State)
    • At risk games (vs. KU, vs. BU)

6.           7.5-10.5

  • ISU (1-1):
    • Projected L’s (at OSU, at TCU, at OU, at KU, at UT, at K-State, at Tech, at WVU)
    • At risk games (vs. KU, vs. WVU, vs. BU)
  • UT (1-1):
    • Projected L’s (at ISU, at BU, at KU, at TCU, at OSU, at OU, at WVU, at Tech)
    • At risk games (vs. WVU, vs. KU, vs. BU)

8.           7-11

  • OU (0-2):
    • Projected L’s (at K-State, at WVU, at UT, at Tech, at ISU, at OSU, at BU, at KU)
    • At risk games (vs. KU, vs. WVU)
  • TCU(1-1):
    • Projected L’s (at WVU, at UT, at Tech, at OSU, at K-State, at BU, at ISU, at KU, at OU)
    • At risk games: (vs, BU, vs. WVU)

10.         6.5-11.5

  • Okie State (0-2): 
    • Projected L’s (at BU, at KU, at Tech, at OU, at WVU, at TCU, at K-State, at ISU)
    • At risk games (vs. KU, vs. BU, vs. KU)




Noon: TCU at West Virginia (ESPNU)**1/2(Projected W: WVU): Welcome to life on the Road in the Big 12, Jamie.

2:00p.m.: Oklahoma at K-State (ESPN News)**(Projected W: K-State): K-State will need a heckuva letdown after the biggest victory in Bruce Weber’s tenure at K-State to let this one get away.

6:00p.m.:  Okie St at Baylor (ESPN News) ** (Projected W: Baylor): Baylor looked like a fraud Wednesday vs. Iowa St.  They will need to look even more like one to lose to the team that could not beat Texas that same evening.

6:15p.m. Texas Tech at KU (ESPN2) ***1/2 (Projected W: KU): Much to Bill Self’s chagrin, Tech might be better than K-State.  Then again, when was the last time Self lost two straight Home games. An amusing factoid I became aware of recently: Scott Drew has lost more games in Allen Fieldhouse than Bill Self. It was on the radio, so it must be true.

8:15p.m. Texas at Iowa St (ESPN2) *** (Projected W: ISU): Texas moved to .500 on the season and in conference play Wednesday night with its victory over Okie St  in Austin. But not in the REAL Standings. A W in Ames will Shaka things up a bit.