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Big 12 football: Sooners still No. 1

by Berry Tramel Published: October 6, 2013

The Big 12 football standings eventually will sort themselves out. In a round-robin schedule, there is no wiggle room. But for now, with limited games against decent competition, we’re doing a lot of guessing on how things will finish. But based on what teams have done, here is how they rank:

1. Oklahoma (5-0, 2-0): OU has won 10 straight conference games, but they’ve won the last six by three, nine, seven, three (overtime), one and eight points.

2. Texas Tech (5-0, 2-0): The Red Raiders’ next two games are home against Iowa State and at West Virginia. Tech could be ranked high when it comes to Norman on Oct. 26.

3. Baylor (4-0, 1-0): Who knew that Wofford would have the defensive performance of the year so far against the Bears? The Woffords held Baylor to 69.

4. TCU (2-3, 0-2): I still believe this is a good football team. The Frogs played OU and LSU tough, and I still say they deserved to win in Lubbock.

5. Texas (3-2, 2-0): The Longhorns very well could finish in the upper half of the Big 12. That’s how bad this league is.

6. OSU (4-1, 1-1): The Cowboys showed us that Morgantown was not an aberration. They’re just not all that good.

7. West Virginia (3-3, 1-2): The Mountaineers have played three conference games. They lost the first 16-7 and lost the last 73-42. The middle game was somewhere between Mars and Venus, a 30-21 victory.

8. Iowa State (1-3, 0-1): I know the Cyclones got screwed by replay. But with a 27-24 lead and about 41/2 minutes to go, Iowa State had 2nd-and-1 from the Texas 4-yard line. The Cyclones lost two yards on a run, then threw an incomplete pass and settled for a field goal. Nobody but to blame but themselves.

9. Kansas State (2-3, 0-2): This is not a good team. Not a good team at all.

10. Kansas (2-2, 0-1): Yes, KU ran a fake punt on 4th-and-13 from its own 16-yard line in a 10-10 game. And yes, you can blame Charlie Weis, for even giving Trevor Pardula the option of taking off on his own. But Les Miles did the same thing, in 2001 at Texas A&M. Awful call then, awful call now. Do you know how far a punter has to run to make a 4th-and-13? Twenty-eight yards minimum. Barry Sanders would have difficulty. Trevor Pardula would have no chance.



by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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