Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Big 12 title race update: Week 12
By David Ubben
Oklahoma's hanging around each week, preventing K-State from clinching anything very early. This week, regardless of what the Sooners do, K-State can clinch a share of the Big 12 title with a win at Baylor, who the Sooners beat in Norman last week.
Oklahoma travels to West Virginia this week and TCU to close the season, sandwiched around Bedlam in Norman for the first time since 2009. Winning all three games in that trio won't be easy, but the Sooners likely have to do so to maintain any chance at a league title.
Texas and Oklahoma State are still mathematically alive in the race, but earning a share would require Kansas State to lose to both Baylor and Texas to close the season.
A K-State win against Baylor would eliminate both the Longhorns and Cowboys. If K-State wins and Oklahoma loses, the Wildcats would clinch the outright Big 12 title.
If Oklahoma wins out and Kansas State loses out, the Sooners would be the lone Big 12 champion. College GameDay researcher Chris Fallica says K-State has a 64.3 percent chance to finish the season undefeated, the highest percentage of any of the undefeateds.
I'd agree with that assessment, and K-State's odds to win the Big 12 by itself and reach the national title game are looking pretty favorable these days.
Here are the full Big 12 standings:
1. Kansas State (7-0) 2. Oklahoma (5-1) 3. Texas (5-2) 4. Oklahoma State (4-2) 5. Texas Tech (4-3) 6. TCU (3-4) 7. West Virginia (2-4) 8. Iowa State (2-5) 9. Baylor (1-5) 10. Kansas (0-7)