Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Big 12 title race update: Week 11
By David Ubben
Kansas State is really doing us all a favor on theses posts.
The Wildcats played six consecutive games against Big 12 teams with zero or one conference loss. They won them all, and as such, Bill Snyder's team sits alone atop the Big 12 standings, holding the tiebreaker against the only team left with one loss in conference play.
Kansas State can mathematically clinch the conference this weekend with a win over TCU and losses by Oklahoma and Texas.
Oklahoma faces Baylor and Texas faces Iowa State. A handful of teams are still mathematically in the race, but Kansas State would take Texas Tech and TCU officially off that list with a win on Saturday.
Oklahoma would need two K-State losses to win the conference outright, but would earn a share if they win out and Kansas State slips up in one of its final three games.
Texas closes its season against Kansas State, and would need an Oklahoma loss and a Kansas State loss to pair with three Longhorns wins to get a share of the Big 12 title. To be the Big 12's BCS representative, it might come down to somehow surpassing K-State and Oklahoma on the BCS rankings, a feat that seems difficult considering the 42-point loss to the Sooners earlier this season.
Still, right now, this is obviously Kansas State's league to lose, and it would still be the Big 12's champion and BCS representative even if it's upset in one of its final three games.
Here's how the Big 12 standings look heading into Week 11:
1. Kansas State (6-0) 2. Oklahoma (4-1) 3. Texas (4-2) 4. Oklahoma State (3-2) T-5. Texas Tech (3-3) T-5. TCU (3-3) 7. West Virginia (2-3) 8. Iowa State (2-4) 9. Baylor (1-4) 10. Kansas (0-6)