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Sooners, Cowboys, Bears Are my Big 12 Picks this Week; Clemson, Georgia, Ole Miss, aTm in National Games


Samaje Perine runs the ball in last years game between OU and West Virginia. Photo Credit: http://www.freesportspress.com/ncaa/ncaa-football/2014/perine-oklahoma-pull-away-west-virginia/

The national pollsters have Oklahoma and West Virginia in the Top 25, with the Sooners slightly ahead.  15th for OU and 23rd for the Mountaineers currently and with a bullet.  I think more of both teams, just having them knocking on the Top Ten with OU at 11th and WVU at 12th.  The question going into the game Saturday in Norman is if either has a decided advantage over either and what do you really know about each squad.  In looking at West Virginia, their smashing of three mundane and lower echelon teams say they take care of business without showing any inherent weakness and a superior way of avoiding the turnover. They have not been in any tight game and their  reaction to adversity is not known.  We haven’t a clue how they will react to a road game where 82k of the 85k fans will be screaming bloody murder at them for 60 minutes. Dana, this is not Morgantown and not Kansas either. WV might be the real deal and continue to play productive and effective football, or they might crack and get buried against a team that has, on the whole, higher recruited players.



Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images Perine (center) could not be stopped.


As for the Sooners, they have shown to be a team that has issues on defense and tend to be susceptible to giving up yards to passing teams.  West Virginia will need to on Saturday as yards on the ground won’t come easy.  OU will display the best collective set of weapons on offense this side of Fort Worth, but they don’t click for a full game. They will need to (click) against WV and the ever improving (if you believe their stats against inferior offenses) defense of the visitors should disrupt them with some three-and-outs.  With OU, West Virginia will be severely tested and we shall see if that “superior” defense holds or is just a “house of  cards.”  In my opinion, both teams will win some battles an lose others.



Kevin White races to the endzone for a 68-yard touchdown catch against Oklahoma Saturday at Milan Puskar Stadium. All-Pro Photography/Dale Sparks phot


Final:  Baker Mayfield and Sterling Shepard will make the big plays as OU’s defense plays acceptable defense, forcing West Virginia to take gambles and turn it over for the first times this year.  OU 41, West Virginia 31



Kansas at Iowa State:  A win here for the Cyclones.  Kansas will have problems on both sides of the ball.  If KU wants to avoid a season of total disappointment they must win this game.  The won’t win against any of the other conference teams. Final, Iowa State 41 and Kansas 19.


Texas at TCU:  Only if Texas had an answer for Trevone Boykin. UT will score but not enough.  TCU 48, Texas 24


Baylor at Texas Tech:  Could and should be another Big 12 shootout,  If Tech qb Patrick Mahomes II is well, this could come down to the final possession.  Baylor has not played a lick of good defense and if Tech could get some turnovers and a lead, Tech might pull this one out.  Final:  Baylor 56, Tech 49


Kansas State at Oklahoma State:  A defensive game in the Big12?  This is as close as you are going to get this year.  KSU will again play hard and avoid mistakes. OSU will match the effort and will take this one. The Pokes are better on both sides of the ball. Final:  Okla. State 30, Kansas State 17



OSU at Kansas State in 2014 Photo Credit: Scott Sewell-USA TODAY Sports

Big National Games:
Alabama at Georgia:  Georgia will win this one.  They are the better team and have a home field advantage.  Georgia 31, Alabama 17

Ole Miss at Florida:  My Top team will shut down Florida enough to get the win.  Line play and the Ole Miss passing game too much for the Gators.  Rebels 38, Florida 17

Mississippi State at Texas A&M:  A great match-up and two teams that I have a lot of respect for.  Go with the visitor in this one.  Bulldogs 34, Aggies 28

Notre Dame at Clemson:  Irish lose in a close one.  Clemson 25, Notre Dame 21

Top Photo Credit:  http://www.thesportsfanjournal.com



ursday, Oct. 1, 2015

Matchup Time (ET) TV / Online
Miami, FL 29  at Cincinnati 27 7:30 pm ESPN / WatchESPN

Friday, Oct. 2, 2015

Matchup Time (ET) TV / Online
Memphis 32 at USF 24 7:00 pm ESPN2 / WatchESPN
Temple 27 at Charlotte  13 7:00 pm CBSSN
UConn  10at BYU  21 10:15 pm ESPN2 / WatchESPN

Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015

Matchup Time (ET) TV / Online
Army 7 at Penn State  24 Noon ESPNU / WatchESPN
Houston  47 at Tulsa  34 Noon CBSSN
Iowa  16 at (19) Wisconsin  21 Noon ESPN / WatchESPN
Kansas  19 at Iowa State 41 Noon FSN / FS Go
Minnesota  19 at (16) Northwestern 27 Noon BTN / BTN2Go
Pittsburgh  17 at Virginia Tech  21 Noon ACC RSN / ESPN3
Purdue  7  at (2) Michigan State  31 Noon ESPN2 / WatchESPN
South Carolina  14 at Missouri  21 Noon SECN / WatchESPN
Texas 24at (4) TCU 48 Noon ABC / WatchESPN
UCF  27 at Tulane 17 Noon ESPNews / WatchESPN
(23) West Virginia 31 at (15) Oklahoma  41 Noon FS1 / FS Go
Louisville  27 at NC State  29 12:30 pm ACCN / ESPN3
Ohio  18 at Akron 21 2:00 pm ESPN3
FIU 24at UMass  25 3:00 pm ESPN3
NIU 24 at Central Michigan 21 3:00 pm ESPN3
Toledo 31 at Ball State 28 3:00 pm ESPN3
Air Force 24 at Navy 28 3:30 pm CBSSN / CBSSports.com
(13) Alabama 17  at (8) Georgia 31 3:30 pm CBS / CBSSports.com
(5) Baylor 56 vs Texas Tech 49 (at Arlington) 3:30 pm ABC/ESPN2 / WatchESPN
Boston College 12 at Duke 24 3:30 pm ACC RSN / ESPN3
Bowling Green 22 at Buffalo  25 3:30 pm BCSN/TWCS / ESPN3
(11) Florida State 27 at Wake Forest 14 3:30 pm ESPN / WatchESPN
Liberty 21 at Georgia State 24 3:30 pm ESPN3
Miami, OH 0 at Kent State 28 3:30 pm ESPN3
Nebraska 24 at Illinois 27 3:30 pm BTN / BTN2Go
North Carolina 17 at Georgia Tech 24 3:30 pm ESPNU / WatchESPN
(1) Ohio State 35 at Indiana 7 3:30 pm ABC/ESPN2 / WatchESPN
Old Dominion 13 at Marshall  32 3:30 pm ASN / FilmOn
Western Kentucky 41 at Rice  20 3:30 pm FSN / FS Go
Wyoming 23 at Appalachian State 16 3:30 pm ESPN3
East Carolina 17 at SMU 35 4:00 pm ESPNews / WatchESPN
Kansas State 17at (20) Oklahoma State 30 4:00 pm FS1 / FS Go
San Jose State 17 at Auburn 41 4:00 pm SECN / WatchESPN
Washington State  34 at (24) California 37 4:00 pm Pac-12N / Pac-12.com
Arkansas 20 at Tennessee 24 7:00 pm ESPN2 / WatchESPN
Colorado State 27 at Utah State 20 7:00 pm ESPN3 / WatchESPN
Eastern Michigan 9at (9) LSU  34 7:00 pm ESPNU / WatchESPN
Georgia Southern 21 at ULM 17 7:00 pm ESPN3
Idaho 13 at Arkansas State 17 7:00 pm ESPN3
North Texas  24 at Southern Miss 31 7:00 pm FCS
(3) Ole Miss 38 at (25) Florida 17 7:00 pm ESPN / WatchESPN
South Alabama  24 at Troy 32 7:00 pm ESPN3
UL Lafayette 26 at Louisiana Tech  28 7:00 pm ASN / FilmOn
UNLV  27at Nevada 14 7:00 pm MWN
Vanderbilt 31 at Middle Tennessee 12 7:00 pm CBSSN
Arizona State 21 at (7) UCLA 35 7:30 pm FOX / FS Go
(21) Mississippi State 34 at (14) Texas A&M 28 7:30 pm SECN / WatchESPN
Eastern Kentucky 7at Kentucky 38 7:30 pm SECN Alt / WatchESPN
New Mexico State 31at New Mexico 28 8:00 pm ROOT SPORTS
(22) Michigan  41at Maryland 7 8:00 pm BTN / BTN2Go
(6) Notre Dame 21 at (12) Clemson 25 8:00 pm ABC / WatchESPN
UTSA  21at UTEP 17 8:00 pm KMYS-CW 35 / CSLive ($)
Oregon 42 at Colorado 21 10:00 pm ESPN / WatchESPN
Hawaii 10 at Boise State  51 10:15 pm ESPN2 / WatchESPN
Arizona 20 at (18) Stanford24 10:30 pm Pac-12N / Pac-12.com
Fresno State 16 at San Diego State 18 10:30 pm CBSSN

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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