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Tracking the division races: Week 8

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    [​IMG]Here's how the standings sit after seven weeks of football.

    Big 12 North

    1. Missouri (2-0)

    2. Kansas State (2-1)

    3. Nebraska (1-1)

    4. Iowa State (1-2)

    T-5. Colorado (0-2)

    T-5. Kansas (0-2)

    Big 12 South

    1. Oklahoma (2-0)

    2. Oklahoma State (2-0)

    T-3. Baylor (2-1)

    T-3. Texas (2-1)

    5. Texas Tech (1-3)

    6. Texas A&M (0-2)

    Where it stands, plus a few thoughts:
    • Nebraska and Oklahoma still look like the favorites in their divisions. Missouri and Oklahoma State will get their shots, but the Tigers have to travel to Lincoln, while the Cowboys get to host the Sooners on the final weekend of the regular season. Both of those games should be great.
    • Apologies to Kansas State for omitting them in the previous section, but, well, you saw that game last week against Nebraska, right? Missouri probably won't beat them by 35, but the Tigers are clearly a better team with a better defense and more offensive weapons.
    • I said since the spring that, because of all the new faces, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech were the two biggest wild cards in the conference. They've shown why this year. Oklahoma State had far exceeded just about anyone's expectations, with seven new starters on both sides of the ball. Meanwhile, Texas Tech is still adjusting to a more aggressive defense and struggling with an inconsistent offense, stewing over the most conference losses in the league so far this season.
    • The season's already been disappointing enough for the Aggies, but they've got a long road ahead if they want to try and salvage this season. Their upcoming stretch -- with games against Texas, Oklahoma and Nebraska in four weeks -- had a chance to legitimize their season back in August. Now, it has a chance to bury it, and if the Aggies slip up again, keep them out of a bowl game.
    • Meanwhile, how ecstatic is Baylor right now? After a great win at Colorado on Saturday, did anyone outside Waco have the Bears slated for a better record through seven weeks than Texas?
    • That said, Texas is still very much in this race, too. Oklahoma State has to play the Longhorns in Austin, and Oklahoma has trips to Columbia, College Station and Stillwater left on their schedule. The Sooners dropping two of those is a possibility, as is Texas running the table the rest of the way.


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