Regardless of the coaches' poll idiocy, Texas remains in very solid shape in the simulated RPI rankings. Through Sunday's games, the Horns are at No. 6 in the RPI, behind Kansas (15-2), Arizona (13-4), Duke (16-1), Oklahoma (14-2) and Georgia (15-3). In the voting polls, the Bulldogs at No. 17 are the lowest ranked of that elite RPI bunch.
Look for UT's RPI ranking to take at least a minor beating this week whether or not Texas puts a major beating on A&M in Austin on Wednesday and Baylor in Waco on Saturday. Games with the No. 171 Aggies and No. 111 Bears will be a strength of schedule hit for the Horns.
The Big 12, though, looks strong at the top. Along with consensus No. 2 KU (4-0 in league play), OU (3-1) also is No. 6 in both polls, while Oklahoma State (2-3) and Missouri (4-1) both reside in each poll's top 20. The Horns, 4-0 in conference after their 77-66 win over Nebraska Saturday, beat OSU in Stillwater back in early January and will face the Cowboys again, this time in Austin, on Feb. 20. The Jayhawks visit the Erwin Center for a Big Monday match-up on Feb. 11. Texas gets the Sooners first in Austin on Feb. 2 and travels to Norman on Feb. 23. UT travels to Columbia Feb. 17 to take on the Tigers.