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Sooners and Mountaineers in big game; Oklahoma State/TCU prediction; Alabama still Number One

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As mentioned last week, the Big Twelve football race might come down to three games and that is just what is happening in the league.  This Saturday night in Morgantown the Oklahoma Sooners make their visit to the east coast to play a very good and capable West Virginia team.  With a chance of snow in the weather forecast and a falling temperature in the low 30’s,  the nation will get to see two of the three best in the conference battle for first place.  With a star studded offense led by Heisman Trophy hopefuls Baker Mayfield at quarterback and DeDe Westbrook at the split end positon, Oklahoma will test the Mountaineer secondary.  Joe Mixon and Samaji Perine will push the ground game for OU with their ever improving offensive line leading the way.  For the home team, Dana Holgorgen’s consistent run game on offense will have to produce to chew up clock and keep the Sooners from added possessions and opportunities for scores.  The difference will again could be which team runs the ball, does not turn it over, and makes the big plays in special teams.  OU holds the stars on the field but West Virginia has not lost when playing a perfect game.  Turn it over and OU wins.  This one is a toss-up.  I have respect for the home field, but my other significant indicator is the team with the “stars” on the field.  I cannot pick the home team here but any score would not surprise me.  Oklahoma 38 and West Virginia 34.

 

Oklahoma State goes to Fort Worth and wlll try to keep pace in the conference in a roster kickoff.  OSU is the better team but TCU will get their shots to beat the Cowboys in this one.  I like the Frogs as the Pokes will not find a way to win in this one.  With that, Mason Rudolph and his core of pass catchers will find the big play and we will be in for a typical high scoring affair.  TCU 46 and Oklahoma State 45.

 

Baylor and Kansas State will meet in Waco for another roster start (11 am).  Picking the Bears here as the home team will get enough running game to defeat the Wildcats.  Baylor 28 and Kansas State 23.

 

Kansas will lose again, this time against the Longhorns of Texas.  The game will not be close.  Texas 42 and Kansas 14.

 

Notes from last week:  Thank God I did not see the video replay in the stadium when Baylor quarterback Seth Russell’s ankle was broken and dislocated. I had my head turned to make a comment to my son (sitting next to me in Section 2) on a rare “complete” tackle on the Baylor signal caller when I heard the moans of the fans on the replay.  I still have not watched the replay the game and really do not what to see the injury.  It was brutal.  As for the game, the Sooners did a nice job shutting the door on the Bears offense and Mike Stoops has his defenders getting much better.

 

As for the Cowboys win over Texas Tech, they found a way to win with the missed extra point.  Oklahoma State still has a chance to take the conference by winning the next two road games.

 

National Game of the Week:  Washington State at Colorado.  Buffs win 34 to 32

 

Last Week’s Big Twelve predictions:  3-1  Season 44-12

 

Big Twelve rankings
  1. Oklahoma
  2. Oklahoma State
  3. West Virginia
  4. TCU
  5. Baylor
  6. Texas
  7. Texas Tech
  8. Kansas State
  9. Iowa State
  10. Kansas
Fredsports Extra Top 25
  1. Alabama
  2. Ohio Stat
  3. Clemson
  4. Louisville
  5. Michigan
  6. Wisconsin
  7. Washington
  8. West Virginia
  9. Oklahoma
  10. Penn State
  11. Oklahoma State
  12. Utah
  13. Colorado
  14. Western Michigan
  15. Washington State
  16. Boise State
  17. Florida
  18. USC
  19. Florida State
  20. Auburn
  21. LSU
  22. Navy
  23. Nebraska
  24. Troy
  25. San Diego State

 

Final Four:  Alabama, Ohio State, Clemson, Louisville
Championship Game:  Alabama over Ohio State

Feature Photo of Skyler Howard found at:  http://www.hngn.com/articles/55473/20141229/texas-a-m-vs-west-virginia-live-stream-radio-broadcast-liberty.htm

 

 

About Fred Pahlke

Fred Pahlke, an Oklahoma native has viewed over 10,000 sporting events in his 64 years. A season ticket holder of the Oklahoma City Thunder, former season tickect holder for the Oklahoma Sooners, Oklahoma City University Chiefs/Stars, he is an expert in both professional and college basketball and football. A high school athlete at Classen High School in basketball and tennis, he played amateur tennis after high school in the Missouri Valley Tennis Association. A graduate of Oklahoma City University, he taught in the public schools for 6 years before becoming a building administrator in the Oklahoma City Public Schools for 31 years, 28 as the Principal of various schools in the district. Fredsportsextra has recorded 101, 410 article views in its first ten months, from August 2015 through May 2016.

4 Responses to “Sooners and Mountaineers in big game; Oklahoma State/TCU prediction; Alabama still Number One”

  1. November 17, 2016 at 2:51 pm

    Hey Fred, I guess we won’t be seeing u after this weekend! U will have made too much money. LOL I agree with u on ur picks but I don’t like them well enough to put any real money on any except maybe OU. But never bet with ur heart.

  2. November 17, 2016 at 5:15 pm

    Never Dennis…..you can get poor real fast.

  3. Austin Peevey
    November 18, 2016 at 11:21 am

    Louisville got their ass handed to them last night. They didn’t come to play and Houston has the best freshman in the country in D-line stalwart Oliver. He is big-time.

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