In the last week I've called the Kansas Jayhawks incredible, nearly unstoppable and the best team in the country (with a nod to Ohio State). Maybe it's because I'm from Kansas City and I watch this team more than any other but I really think they're that good.
And they may not even win the Big 12.
Indeed, Kansas, sitting at one-loss in the Big 12, needs some help to win the conference. The Texas Longhorns are undefeated in the conference -- and that includes an 11-point victory over Kansas -- and their schedule suggests they can run the table. Texas, who is 8-0 in the conference, has a schedule that includes: at Oklahoma, Baylor, Oklahoma State, at Nebraska, Iowa State, at Colorado, Kansas State and at Baylor. See anyone that scares Texas? An upset is always possible but Texas, who hasn't been winning Big 12 games but dominating them, may run the table.
Kansas' schedule is a little more difficult and it does not include another matchup with Texas so that means they need help to win the Big 12. Iowa State, at Kansas State, Colorado, Oklahoma State, at Oklahoma, Texas A&M and Missouri. K-State is a rivalry game and those last two won't be easy by any means but the way KU is playing right now it's hard to pick them to lose.
Kansas lost to Texas on Jan. 22 and the Longhorns have been in first place ever since. This is the third week that KU's been out of first place. How rare is that? Blair Kerkhoff of the KC Star has done the research (confirmed by the Big 12) and Kansas hasn't been out of first place in the Big 12 for longer than two weeks in the last five years.
One team in Big 12 history, 2002 Jayhawks, have gone undefeated in conference play. Will Texas be the second? Looking at their schedule, it would almost be an upset if they didn't. They're killing teams in the Big 12 and their remaining schedule is favorable to an undefeated conference season.
Anyone else looking forward to a possible rematch in the Big 12 tourney?