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Tracking the conference races: Week 9

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    [​IMG]Here's how the Big 12 divisions sit after eight weeks:

    South

    1. Baylor (3-1)

    T-2. Oklahoma (2-1)

    T-2 Oklahoma State (2-1)

    4. Texas (2-2)

    5. Texas Tech (2-3)

    6. Texas A&M (1-2)
    • There's nothing wrong with the wait-and-see approach. It's what most people did with Missouri. The Tigers seized their opportunity to prove themselves and were rewarded with a double-digit move up the polls by most voters. I'll take the same approach with Baylor. Maybe the Bears can pull the shocker and win the division. It's not impossible. But they also flopped in their one big opportunity, 45-10 road loss to No. 4 TCU. If we're going to talk seriously about the Bears making a run at South title, the schedule actually sets them up well. Texas obviously looks beatable at home, which is what Baylor faces this week. They'd have to spring an upset at Oklahoma State, but they close the season with two home games against Texas A&M and Oklahoma. Seeing how the Sooners have played on the road, and with Baylor's offense....don't bet your life on it not happening. We'll know a little more about the Bears after this week.
    • I still strongly believe the division will come down to Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, playing in Stillwater at season's end for a title and the tiebreaker. That should be a fantastic game, and a great shot for the Cowboys to knock off the Sooners for the first time since 2002. Like every Oklahoma State game this season, expect lots of points.
    North

    1. Missouri (3-0)

    2. Nebraska (2-1)

    T-3. Kansas State (2-2)

    T-3. Iowa State (2-2)

    T-5. Colorado (0-3)

    T-5. Kansas (0-3)
    • There's not much to this race. I'd put the winner of Saturday's game in Lincoln between Missouri and Nebraska at about 70 percent to win the division. Every other team has shown in at least one blowout loss that they don't deserve any serious consideration as a team who could make a late run. In theory, Kansas State and Iowa State are still in it, but it would require a meltdown by either Missouri or Nebraska, and there's nothing to suggest either is susceptible to one. Nebraska has more overall talent than anyone in the division, and is putting it to pretty good use thus far. Missouri is playing its best football in a long time with a team that has no obvious weaknesses.

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