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Big Twelve Recap; Sooners outscore Cowboys; Top Twenty-five

Top Four to make the Final Four?  Can Baker Mayfield hold on to his lead for the Heisman Trophy? 

 

Will Johnson of the Oklahoma intercepts the ball in front of Marcell Ateman of the Oklahoma State on Nov. 4 in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Oklahoma won 62-52. © Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports/Reuters

The outcome of Oklahoma’s 62-52 score fest win Saturday proved that the Big Red live for another day and Baker Mayfield is the Heisman Trophy leader at this time.  The other significant item is that the Sooners and Cowboys defenses played one of the disgustingly awful games in their history as both teams were bad as in cannot tackle, cannot cover the pass, and sure as hell cannot play a whole game with fidelity. This poor defensive performance could drop the Sooners down from their number five spot in the Committee’s Final Four list to six or seven, as Wisconsin and Miami, Fla. both remain undefeated.

 

 

Fred’s Big Twelve Ranking
  1. Oklahoma
  2. TCU
  3. Oklahoma State
  4. Iowa State
  5. West Virginia
  6. Kansas State
  7. Texas
  8. Texas Tech
  9. Baylor
  10. Kansas

 

Games this week in the Big Twelve

 

Oklahoma host TCU and I like the Sooners at home.  OU’s defense is not good in any way and I do not see the Sooners run defense holding the Frogs down.  OU will need to use Baker Mayfield and he is the key.  Plus, if OU can force TCU’s Kenny Hill into mistakes the Sooners might keep the score down.  OU 45 and TCU 42  (I would not be at all surprised to see TCU win this one)

 

Oklahoma State will rebound in Ames with the Iowa State Cyclones.  The Pokes will run on Iowa State and the score looks like Pokes 46 and Iowa State 38.

 

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Baylor will get another win as it hosts Texas Tech.  Bears 31 and Red Raiders 30

 

West Virginia should beat Kansas State in Manhattans.  Mountaineers 27 and Wildcats 24

 

Texas hosts Kansas and the Horns extend the Jayhawks losing.  Longhorns 47 and Kansas 10

 

Last week:  2-2   Season: 39-14  (Did not predict TCU/Texas last week)
Prediction for Big Twelve Title game:  Oklahoma and TCU

 

 

Fred’s Top Twenty-five
  1. Alabama
  2. Georgia
  3. Notre Dame
  4. Clemson
  5. Oklahoma
  6. Miami, Fla
  7. Wisconsin
  8. TCU
  9. Washington
  10. Oklahoma State
  11. Auburn
  12. Central Florida
  13. Iowa
  14. Iowa State
  15. Ohio State
  16. Memphis
  17. Michigan State
  18. Penn State
  19. USC
  20. Virginia Tech
  21. Mississippi State
  22. North Carolina State
  23. West Virginia
  24. Michigan
  25. Washington State

 

Jonathan Taylor (23) of Wisconsin breaks away for a touchdown against Indiana on Nov. 04 in Bloomington, IN. Wisconsin won 45-19. © Jeffrey Brown/Icon Sportswire/Getty Images

 

Final Four:  Alabama, Clemson, Washington, Wisconsin
National Title Game:  Alabama and Wisconsin

 

This weeks predictions of major games

 

Washington 27 at Stanford 17 (Friday)
Michigan State 31 at Ohio State 20
Penn State 45 and Rutgers 18
Univ. of Central Florida 34 and UConn 18
LSU 26 and Arkansas 8
Boston College 24 and North Carolina State 23 (upset special)
Virginia Tech 36 at Georgia Tech 21
Auburn 24 and Georgia 20  (upset special)
Clemson 24 and Florida State 14
Wisconsin 27 and Iowa 24
USC 35 at Colorado 24
Washington State 38 at Utah 24
Alabama 35 at Mississippi State 31 (possible upset alert)
Notre Dame 21 at Miami, Fla. 14
Arizona 47 and Oregon State 21

 

 

Feature photo:  OU quarterback Baker Mayfield eludes OSU linebacker Justin Phillips in route to a seven-yard touchdown in OU’s 62-52 Bedlam victory. [PHOTO BY SARAH PHIPPS, THE OKLAHOMAN]

 

 

 

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.

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