Morgantown, West Virginia – 2020 is a really weird year all over the world but particularly in the Big 12 Conference. The conference has been flipped upside down, with perennial powerhouse Oklahoma sitting at 0-2, Texas at 1-1 and Iowa State and Kansas State currently at the top of the conference.
The Oklahoma Sooners, who lost to Kansas State at home last weekend, was defeated on the road yesterday at Iowa State. Texas, who narrowly escaped in overtime at Texas Tech last Saturday, suffered a brutal loss at home to TCU yesterday.
Current Big 12 Conference Standings
- Iowa State (2-1. 2-0)
- Oklahoma State (3-0, 2-0)
- Kansas State (2-1, 2-0)
- Baylor (1-1, 1-1)
- Texas (2-1, 1-1)
- West Virginia (2-1, 1-1)
- TCU (1-1, 1-1)
- Texas Tech (1-2, 0-2)
- Oklahoma (1-2, 0-2)
- Kansas (0-3, 0-2)
It’s very early in the season, but the West Virginia Mountaineers are right in the thick of things after three weeks of play. In fact, the Mountaineers have Kansas at home in two weeks, then go on the road against Texas Tech. Those are both very winnable games and would put West Virginia at 4-1 overall and 3-1 in the conference.
The Mountaineers will then be back home for a huge game against Kansas State on Halloween Night, which will hopefully have fans back in full force. Imagine a huge conference game in Morgantown on Halloween Night with 60,000 screaming gold and blue fans in attendance.
West Virginia’s next game, a road trip to Austin to play the Texas Longhorns, suddenly doesn’t seem so difficult. The Mountaineers then finish the season with TCU and Oklahoma at home.
While any of these games in the Big 12 Conference can go either way – as we’ve witnessed in the first couple of weeks – all of West Virginia’s remaining games are winnable.
In addition, there isn’t going to be one dominant team like we’ve seen in the past. The eventual winner of the conference will have suffered a tough loss on the road like the Mountaineers had against Oklahoma State and there will not be an undefeated team in the Big 12 Conference this season.
In a year where anything is now possible, the West Virginia Mountaineers have just as good of a chance as any other team in the conference of winning the Big 12.