OU has dropped three of its last four conference games, along with a non-conference game at Dallas Baptist.
The Sooners do expect to have No. 2 starter Dillon Overton back for Sunday’s game, yet pitching has hardly been at the root of the team’s ills.
OSU has improved its position, but desperately needed to, after sitting beyond 100 in the RPI just a few weeks ago. The Cowboys have done that and have games that can propel their climb, against the Sooners and then West Virginia next weekend.
Still, at boydsworld.com, where the RPI masters are at work, analyzing factors such as strength of schedule and quality wins and home and road results, projections reveal that the best OU and OSU can do is creep into the Top 32.
At the best.
So Bedlam is big.
One popular question making the rounds is how many teams the Big 12 will produce for the postseason in what is perceived as a down year for the league?
The Big 12 Tournament champ grabs the conference’s automatic bid. But beyond that, how many? And who?
Fitt is watching another rivalry series – the Sunflower State Showdown, K-State vs. Kansas – for the league’s best positioned teams for the postseason.
“In the Big 12,” Fitt wrote, “only Kansas State has a strong enough RPI (No. 25) to feel secure about its at-large chances. Kansas, which hosts the Wildcats this weekend, ranks 42nd in the RPI and is riding a six-game winning streak, including two wins against Wichita State and a sweep of Baylor.”
So there are the top contenders: the Wildcats, Jayhawks, Sooners and Cowboys.
And West Virginia remains in the mix, even with an RPI of 66, with opportunity to move up.
Here’s how these final two weekends shake out:
The series, Friday through Sunday: Bedlam; Kansas State at KU, TCU at West Virginia.
Next weekend: West Virginia at OSU; OU at Kansas State.
It’s clearly a critical six-game stretch in the conference for the Sooners and Cowboys.
And first, it’s Bedlam.
And it’s big.
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