Upon further review, I confess to being a knucklehead for picking Oklahoma State to win this year’s Big 12 football championship.
But know this: I reserve the right to remind everyone of my savvy August insight if No. 21 OSU (3-1, 0-1 in Big 12) rebounds from last week’s shocking 30-21 loss to West Virginia and claims the league title.
That is entirely possible, particularly with a user-friendly schedule that has the Big 12’s two highest-ranked teams — No. 11 Oklahoma (4-0, 1-0) and No. 17 Baylor (3-0, 0-0) — headed to Stillwater, Okla., to play the Cowboys later this season.
If you don’t believe OSU can sweep those games, you haven’t been paying attention to the early returns this season. If you don’t believe OSU can lose both of those contests, you haven’t been paying attention to the early returns this season.
Such is the state of confusion in the Big 12, where parity is rampant and anyone can win on any given Saturday. The only thing predictable about this league is that the home team cannot be counted out, regardless of what Las Vegas oddsmakers envision.
Case in point: Home teams are a combined 4-0 in the early stages of the Big 12 conference race, with two certifiable upsets (West Virginia over OSU; Texas Tech over TCU). Also included is a quasi-upset in most observers’ minds: Texas’ 31-21 victory over Kansas State, breaking the Longhorns’ five-game losing streak in the series.
Against that backdrop, it is time to declare a fresh October pecking order for Big 12 teams heading into this week’s first full slate of league games. It may be worthless by Sunday. But here’s a look at how the league shapes up today in terms of title contenders: