Pokes and Sooners top Big Twelve; Buckeyes start as my #1; Tide should nip Fla. State in Atlanta
With the Big Twelve now having an end of year conference championship game, it is most important for a team to get into that first or second place spot after the regular season ends. A school could lose a regular season match-up with a school yet still play that school for the championship trophy in the title game on December 2nd in Arlington, Texas. Oklahoma and Oklahoma State are the likely two to play in the Big Twelve championship game. The Wildcats of land of Oz and the Toads of west Fort Worth could slip in, and the Mountaineers of the hillbilly country and the tea sipping Longhorns less likely.
10. KANSAS: Another basement finish for the Jaywawks. A couple of non-conference wins a possible. The program is making progress and the future is bright. A multi-million dollar upgrade in facilities and a strong influence of better recruits should put Kansas back to respectability in a few years. Hang in there Jayhawk fans, the future is looking up.
9. Texas Tech: The Red Raiders will have to fight off some stiff competition to win enough to get to a bowl. This will be Kliff Kingsbury’s last season in Lubbock if Tech does not start off quick.
8. Iowa State: Improvement is happening in Ames and the Cyclones will be primed to post some more than impressive wins. Look for a six win season add a bowl.
7. Baylor: A team that could win more than they lose but don’t bet on it. With Baylor, six wins will not be that far off but they are in the group with Tech, Iowa State more than West Virginia and Texas. This team could finish as high as fifth but as low as 8th.
6. West Virginia: Beat the Hokies in game one and the Mountaineers will be off on a good ride. Lose and the consequences will not be good. As with the middle of the pack in the Big Twelve, another six win season but it could go higher or lower. Six is about right.
5. TCU: The Horned Frogs are a cut above some in the conference and they have a much better coaching staff than most. The Arkansas game sets the season and with a win on the road nine wins seem about right. Do not count them out to pull into second and get into the title game.
4. Texas: The new coaching staff will have the Horns ready but the talent is not where it will be in two or three seasons. There is a reason for Texas having losing squads in the recent past. It was not all coaching. A tough non-conference schedule will prepare them for the Red River game that is always a tossup. Look for a good season. UT will win eight or more.
3. Kansas State: The Wildcats should be six and zero when they host OU on Oct. 21. Win that one and they will get into the championship game even with loss at Stillwater. I have them with a ten win season and eleven if they can upset OU. A great season for Snyder to end his career in the Little Apple.
2. Oklahoma: Lincoln Riley will need to outscore Okla. State in Stillwater to take the 1st seed into the conference title game in Arlington. Ohio State is a second game that the Sooners will need to win if they expect to make the Final Four. I give the Sooners a ten win regular season and another fight with the Pokes for the Big Twelve title.
1. Oklahoma State: Offense wins in the Big Twelve these days and the Poke passing game will be the best in the country. If you can score fifty on the OSU defense you have a chance. With the Bedlam game this year in Stillwater, I give that one to the Cowboys. They should meet again in the title game and I won’t say they can do it again. I won’t say they could not. OSU runs the table until December 2 in Jerry’s World. They will be undefeated going into the game.
Big Twelve Championship Game: OU 56 and Oklahoma State 51
Fred’s Preseason Top Twenty-five
- Ohio State
- Florida State
- Oklahoma State
- Penn State
- Miami, Fla
- Kansas State
- South Florida
- Virginia Tech
- Notre Dame
Week One Predictions
Thursday, August 31
Oklahoma State 62 and Tulsa 24
Saturday, September 2
Texas 31 and Maryland 18
Oklahoma 63 and UTEP 14
Texas Tech 40 and Eastern Washington 21
Kansas 38 and Southeast Missouri 10
Kansas State 42 and Central Washington 13
Baylor 51 and Liberty 24
Iowa State 24 and Northern Iowa 14
TCU 56 and Jackson State 7
Virginia Tech 35 over West Virginia 31 in Landover, Maryland
National Games of interest
Ohio State 38 at Indiana 14
Washington 41 at Rutgers 7
Wisconsin 36 and Utah State 20
Clemson 46 and Kent State 9
Penn State 50 and Akron 19
Miami Fla 65 and Bethune-Cookman 0
Florida 16 and Michigan 15
South Florida 45 and Stony Brook 7
USC 49 and Western Michigan 14
Georgia 31 and Appalachian State 6
Auburn 41 and Georgia Southern 9
Louisville 55 and Purdue 14
Alabama 17 and Florida State 13 at Atlanta, Georgia
BYU 21 and LSU 20 at Houston, Texas
Washington State 61 and Montana State 29
Georgia Tech 24 and Tennessee 22
Baker Mayfield (left) and Mason Rudolph are friends and Bedlam rivals.