Around the Big 12

The division races are starting to heat up as the season progresses. Oklahoma and Colorado hold the leads in their divisions. Will they meet in the Big 12 Championship Game? Read about the conference races and more in this week's column.

Boomer Sooner?
Following an impressive performance against Iowa State this week, the Oklahoma Sooners have established themselves as the team to beat in the Big 12 South. Having faced two of the top teams in the conference already, Oklahoma has taken the early lead in the division. If the Sooners can win their next two games against Colorado and Texas A&M, they will have an almost insurmountable lead in the South.

Wide Open North
The race in the North took another interesting turn this weekend. With Iowa State losing to Oklahoma, Colorado took the lead in the division. It appears that the North will be a 3-team race between Colorado, Iowa State, and Kansas State. Kansas State needs to win out in order to have any chance at the division. They also need Colorado to drop 3 of the next 5 games. Iowa State still has a game against Colorado that could decide the North. They can afford one more loss as long as they beat Colorado on November 16. Colorado simply has to keep winning, but that's easier said than done. They face Texas Tech and Oklahoma in their next two games. They need to win at least one of those games to maintain their lead heading into Ames.

Best in Texas?
With three of the Texas teams at 2-1 in conference play we have an interesting race that could decide who is 2nd in the Big 12 South. Texas A&M faces a tough road because of their loss to Texas Tech in the conference opener. I think this race comes down to the Red Raiders and Longhorns. Both teams face important games this weekend. Texas Tech travels to Colorado, while Texas faces Iowa State in Austin. A loss by either team would probably eliminate them from the race for the Big 12 South, and seriously hurt their chances at the second spot in the division. My prediction is that this race gets decided November 16 in Lubbock when the Red Raiders host the Longhorns in an important game.

ABC Snubs the Big 12
ABC decided to stop showing the Iowa State vs. Oklahoma game after the first half on Saturday. I guess the network thought it was enough of a blowout that it wasn't worth showing the remainder of the game. I'm not sure what the details of the Big 12's television contracts are, but this should not have happened. Fans throughout the conference should be outraged by this decision, even if it didn't directly affect them. Just imagine if your team had been playing, but you only got to see them for one half. I'd like to encourage everyone to get in touch with ABC and let them know that this was a bad decision. Let them know you want to see every Big 12 game they televise from opening kickoff until the final gun.

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