Monday, October 31, 2011
Big 12 race update: Week 10
By David Ubben
A once-complicated Big 12 race has gotten pretty simple.
After Texas A&M's loss, it's boiled down to essentially one game and two teams. Sounds like Bedlam.
Oklahoma State and Oklahoma have clearly proven themselves as the Big 12's elite teams. Oklahoma did it once again on Saturday, delivering a second convincing blowout win over a team with a winning record.
Oklahoma State did the same, laying waste to Baylor at Boone Pickens Stadium.
Kansas State is still very much in the race, but the league's top two teams in the standings will meet in Stillwater on Saturday, and the Wildcats are a three-touchdown underdog after losing to Oklahoma by 41 points.
That doesn't inspire a lot of confidence, and I don't have a lot of faith that after Saturday, K-State will still be in the race. The Wildcats are a great team, but not one I believed could hang with the most talented teams in the league.
Speaking of the most talented teams in the league, Texas A&M suffered a third embarrassing loss on Saturday to all but eliminate itself from the race. Even if the Aggies knock off Oklahoma on Saturday, they would need Oklahoma State to lose three times to win the league.
Good luck with that.
The losses aren't so much embarrassing in opponent, but embarrassing in the box score. The Aggies have memorably blown leads of 18, 17 and 14 points to Arkansas, Oklahoma State and Missouri, and all of a sudden, a once-promising season has taken an ugly turn.
Thus, here we are. Bedlam for all the proverbial marbles on Dec. 3.
Big 12 standings:
T-1. Oklahoma State (4-0)
T-2. Kansas State (4-1)
T-2. Oklahoma (4-1)
4. Texas A&M (3-2)
5. Texas Tech (2-3)
6. Texas (2-2)
7. Missouri (2-3)
8. Baylor (1-3)
9. Iowa State (1-4)
10. Kansas (0-5)