The Big 12 Is Anyone’s Conference With Two Games Left

    OK, maybe the Big 12 can't be won by anyone (sorry, Kansas), but while the SEC Championship matchup is already set, as are half of the teams competing in

    November 13, 2018

    OK, maybe the Big 12 can’t be won by anyone (sorry, Kansas), but while the SEC Championship matchup is already set, as are half of the teams competing in the ACC and Big Ten championship games, the Big 12 title is fairly wide open.

    That’s because the conference doesn’t have two divisions and features a back-loaded conference schedule, which means many of the Big 12’s best teams are playing each other in meaningful November matchups.

    Here’s a look at the top of the conference standings entering Week 12’s games.

    School Conference Record Overall Record Week 12 Opponent Week 13 Opponent
    Oklahoma 6-1 9-1 vs. Kansas at West Virginia
    West Virginia 6-1 8-1 at Oklahoma State vs. Oklahoma
    Texas 5-2 7-3 vs. Iowa State at Kansas
    Iowa State 5-2 6-3 at Texas vs. Kansas State

     

    Each of the top four teams that are vying for a spot in the Big 12 Championship still has to play the team it’s currently tied with and every team still has to play a road game in conference play. Plus, they’re all 1-1 so far this season against the other three teams that are in the top four of the conference standings.

    Oklahoma has beaten Iowa State.

    West Virginia has beaten Texas.

    Texas has beaten Oklahoma.

    Iowa State has beaten West Virginia.

    See how this gets confusing?

    The losing team in this week’s Texas-Iowa State game will be eliminated from Big 12 Championship contention, barring Kansas, Kansas State and Oklahoma State pulling off late-season upsets. The winning team between the Longhorns and Cyclones will likely have to also win its final conference game to have a chance to play for the conference title.

    Here’s how each of the four schools can make the Big 12 Championship.

    Oklahoma can make the Big 12 Championship if…

    • Oklahoma beats Kansas in Week 12 AND West Virginia in Week 13

     

    OR

    • Oklahoma beats Kansas in Week 12 but loses to West Virginia in Week 13 AND West Virginia beats Oklahoma State in Week 12 AND Iowa State beats Texas in Week 12

     

    OR

    • Oklahoma beats Kansas in Week 12 but loses to Oklahoma in Week 13 AND Oklahoma State beats West Virginia in Week 12 AND Iowa State beats Texas in Week 12 AND Kansas State beats Iowa State in Week 13

    West Virginia can make the Big 12 Championship if…

    • West Virginia beats Oklahoma State in Week 12 AND Oklahoma in Week 13

     

    OR

    • West Virginia beats Oklahoma State in Week 12 but loses to Oklahoma in Week 13 AND Texas beats Iowa State in Week 12

     

    OR

    • West Virginia beats Oklahoma State in Week 12 but loses to Oklahoma in Week 13 AND Iowa State beats Texas in Week 12 but loses to Kansas State in Week 13

     

    OR

    • West Virginia loses to Oklahoma State in Week 12 but beats Oklahoma in Week 13

    Texas can make the Big 12 Championship if…

    • Texas beats Iowa State in Week 12 AND Kansas in Week 13 AND West Virginia beats Oklahoma State in Week 12 and Oklahoma in Week 13

     

    OR

    • Texas beats Iowa State in Week 12 AND Kansas in Week 13 AND Oklahoma State beats West Virginia in Week 12

    Iowa State can make the Big 12 Championship if…

    • Iowa State beats Texas in Week 12 AND Kansas State in Week 13 AND West Virginia loses to Oklahoma State in Week 12 OR Oklahoma in Week 13

     

    OR

    • Iowa State beats Texas in Week 12 but loses to Kansas State in Week 13 AND Oklahoma State beats West Virginia in Week 12 AND Oklahoma beats West Virginia in Week 13

     

    Where does that leave us?

    Oklahoma and West Virginia have the inside track for making the Big 12 Championship. If either school wins both of its remaining conference games, it’ll clinch its spot in the championship game. There’s even the potential for the Sooners or Mountaineers to lose their showdown in Morgantown and still make the Big 12 Championship, if they win their game in Week 12 and get favorable results elsewhere in the conference.

    Texas and Iowa State’s chances of playing for the conference championship are less likely, but neither school is out of contention.

    We’ll know more in a week, but in the meantime, sit back and enjoy the shootouts that we’ve seen weekly in the Big 12.

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