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The Big 12 can hope for an undefeated showdown in Morgantown on the same weekend the other Power Five conferences play their championship games. Victor Moses Jersey .For now, the Big 12 is in a precarious position, already considered by most an afterthought in the College Football Playoff conversation.If nobody in the Big 12 gets in, its because theres four other teams that are supposed to be better, TCU coach Gary Patterson said, reminding everyone that the league does still have two undefeated teams.Only No. 13 Baylor (4-0), the leagues highest-ranked team , and West Virginia (3-0) are still without a loss. And they dont meet until the first Saturday in December when the Big 12, which resumes its title game in 2017, wraps up the regular season on the championship weekend for the ACC, Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC.Even though TCU won its Big 12 opener, the Horned Frogs didnt make it through their non-conference schedule undefeated. Oklahoma State has already lost twice.While Oklahoma gets ready for its conference opener at TCU this Saturday with a clean slate in pursuit of the 10th Big 12 title -- the Sooners were the overwhelming preseason favorite to win -- there are no do-overs for two September losses that pretty much knocked them out of contention for a second straight playoff appearance.Acting Baylor head coach Jim Grobe said it is too early to declare the Bears, or anyone else, a favorite to win the conference title.We need to not only see our team play a few more times, but obviously see the other teams play, before you start to draw a bead on who the stronger teams are, he said.So just how did the Big 12 already get to this point, and whats to come with only conference games left the next 10 weekends:NOT SO POWERFULThe Big 12 went 2-6 against teams from the other Power Five conferences. There was that double-overtime victory by Texas over then-No. 10 Notre Dame in the season opener, but the Fighting Irish have since lost to Michigan State and Duke, falling to 1/3 and out of playoff contention.SOONER SETBACKSOklahoma last season was the first Big 12 team to get into the playoff , and with a No. 3 preseason ranking, the Sooners were expected to be in the mix again in 2016. But they opened with a 10-point loss in Houston and are coming off a 45-24 home loss to Ohio State. After a week off, their focus is now on winning another conference title.Sometimes youre not as far off as people want to project that you are, coach Bob Stoops said.BEAR MARKETBaylor is 4-0 for the fourth consecutive season, a program first, and the Bears should still be undefeated when they go to Texas on the final Saturday of October. After going to Iowa State on Saturday, they have an open date before hosting Kansas and then another open date. They also have home games against TCU and Kansas State, a trip to Oklahoma and a neutral site game against Texas Tech before the finale in West Virginia.UP IN THE MOUNTAINSWhile unranked, West Virginia is undefeated, including the season opener over Missouri and last weekend against BYU. Now in their fifth Big 12 season, maybe the Mountaineers are ready to challenges for the conference title.Id like to think so. I think our team believes that, coach Dana Holgorsen said. Weve got confidence in our abilities and we think were pretty good. In addition to Baylor, WVU is home against TCU and Oklahoma State.FORT WORTH FRENZYHad No. 21 TCU finished off its rally at home against Arkansas, the Horned Frogs would be right in the middle of the playoff conversation and maybe in the top 10. While losing three of four to Oklahoma since joining the Big 12, those losses were by a combined 11 points. TCU gets both Oklahoma teams at home, but has to go to West Virginia and Baylor.COWBOY DOWNOklahoma State was on the verge of taking the lead in its Big 12 opener at Baylor last week before a fumble, and the Bears then drove 99 yards for the final score in a 35-24 victory. The Cowboys, who started 10-0 last season, will have to play four of their last six games on the road. Davide Zappacosta Jersey . Ouellette, from Montreal, already has three Olympic gold medals since joining the team in 1999. Eden Hazard Jersey . Radwanska, making her debut in the Seoul tournament, hit eight aces in a match that lasted 1 hour, 4 minutes at Olympic Park tennis stadium. "It was definitely a very good match -- I was playing really good tennis," Radwanska said. http://www.chelseafcproshop.com/Kids-Antonio-Rudiger-Jersey/ . Thats not a comment on the suspension that banished the Portland Winterhawks general manager and coach from his Western Hockey League teams bench for most of the 2012-13 season. SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim wants his bench to perform better.He got his wish Saturday.John Gillon and Taurean Thompson came off the bench to score a Syracuse career-high 23 points and career-high 22 points, respectively, and the Orange broke open a tight game early in the second half to defeat Boston University 99-77.Gillon hadnt scored in Syracuses two previous games.We want guys to come off the bench to score and thats what happened today, Boeheim said. Thompson is getting better on offense. ... John saved the game in the first half.Andrew White added 19 and Tyler Lydon 10 for the Orange (6-3). Frank Howard had 11 assists and just two turnovers.Syracuse had lost three of four entering the game.Cedric Hankerson led the Terriers (4-6) with 34 points, including 10 of 20 from beyond the arc. Eric Fanning chipped in with 12 points and nine rebounds.Syracuse led 45-39 at the half but outscored the Terriers 19-5 in the first five minutes of the second half, led by seven from Thompson, to take a 64-44 lead. The Orange breezed the rest of the way, extending their lead to 88-55. Syracuse shot 55 percent in the second half, outscoring the Terriers 54-38 after intermission.They just got on a run and we couldnt really bounce back from that, said Hankerson. They were hitting some daggers and we started turning the ball over too much.They had some guys who shot better than they had been, and we helped them, said BU coach Joe Jones. We were really bad on offense and made some really bad decisions and you cant do that.Gillon and Thompson scored 14 and 12 points, respectively, in the first half to spark what had been a lethargic Orange effort. Gillons first-half points included 4 of 4 from beyond the arc.I had a lot going on and wasnt in the right mindset, not ready to play, ssaid Gillon. Pedro Jersey. Thats what happens, you get bad results. Im getting myself together.Both teams exchanged baskets early on, but then the Terriers went on an 8-0 run, led by two 3-pointers by Hankerson, to take a 20-12 lead. Two 3s by Gillon and a jumper by Thompson tied the score at 23 with 8:31 to go in the half. The Orange then outscored BU 22-16 to take its halftime lead.Hankerson, who averaged 9.3 points a game entering the game, scored 19 in the first half.The undersized Terriers outrebounded Syracuse for the game.Despite the win, Boeheim said theres much work to do.Its foolish for me or anybody to think this was going to happen right away. Its a long way off, Boeheim said. We have glaring weaknesses and have to get better.BIG PICTUREBOSTON UNIVERSITY: The Terriers hung tough for a half but the Oranges talent took over in the second 20 minutes. BU was tough on the boards and had 18 second-chance points.SYRACUSE: It was another decisive victory for the Orange over a decidedly inferior opponent, so you cant really judge much from the win.TIP-INSHankersons game was his best yet since returning from last years season-pending ACL. . This was the first game all year that the Terriers had been outscored in the paint.White has scored in double figures in all nine Syracuse games. . Lydon is 3 of 17 from 3 in his last three games. .. Dajuan Coleman had just two points after two solid efforts.UP NEXTBoston University: Hosts New Hampshire a week from Sunday.Syracuse: Continues its five-game homestand next Saturday against longtime rival Georgetown on whats been designated Pearl Washington Day in honor of the Syracuse legend who died earlier this year. 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