Sooners/Horned Frogs and Cowboys/Bears predictions; Irish/Boston College and Spartans/Buckeyes go at it
Oklahoma and Texas Christian University get it on in Norman Saturday night as the Sooners try to keep the Sooner Magic chugging along and the Horned Frogs hope to pin a second loss on OU and give them an opportunity to get to a major bowl and win the Big 12. TCU’s hopes rest on the health of their two offensive stars, quarterback Trevone Boylin and wide receiver Josh Doctson. They are recovering from an ankle (Boykin) and a wrist (Doctson) suffered against Kansas and Okla. State respectfully. If they are limited (or out) the Frogs will be at a significant disadvantage. Both are “questionable” as of today. TCU coach Gary Patterson has said that if both practice by Thursday they will play.
Nov 14, 2015; Ames, IA, USA; Oklahoma State Cowboys safety Tre Flowers (31) celebrates a fourth down stop against the Iowa State Cyclones at Jack Trice Stadium. Oklahoma State defeated Iowa State 35-31. Mandatory Credit: Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports ORG XMIT: USATSI-227346 ORIG FILE ID: 20151114_pjc_bc7_012.JPG
Oklahoma’s win over Baylor makes the Sooners the favorite. Both teams have one loss in Big 12 play so the loser is out for a title in the conference. For TCU to win they must put the clamps on the Sooner passing game. Against Okla. State they failed and the Sooners will present another challenge for the TCU secondary. OU ran the ball on Baylor and if they run the same against the Frogs it will a long night for the Purple. I picked against OU last week. I will not this week. Sooners win around 41 to 28.
Nov 14, 2015; Waco, TX, USA; Oklahoma Sooners safety Ahmad Thomas (13) and linebacker Devante Bond (23) and cornerback Stanvon Taylor (6) celebrate the interception by Thomas against the Baylor Bears during the second half at McLane Stadium. The Sooners defeat the Bears 44-34. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports ORG XMIT: USATSI-227344 ORIG FILE ID: 20151114_pjc_an4_433.JPG
The other big game in the conference is Baylor coming to Stillwater to face the Oklahoma State Cowboys. If the Bears come in with their full compliment of players including their freshman quarterback it should be a close one touchdown game either way. Baylor is a beat up team right now and OSU is coming off a sub par performance at Iowa State. The stakes are big for the Pokes and I will take OSU 47 to 41. But don’t think I do not respect the Bears. I could see a big win for Baylor and it would not surprise me in the least.
Nov 14, 2015; Ames, IA, USA; Iowa State Cyclones quarterback Joel Lanning (7) scores a second half touchdown against the Oklahoma State Cowboys at Jack Trice Stadium. Oklahoma State defeated Iowa State 35-31. Mandatory Credit: Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports ORG XMIT: USATSI-227346 ORIG FILE ID: 20151114_jla_bc9_104.jpg
In other Big 12 action:
Iowa State 27, Kansas State 24 in Manhattan
West Virginia 51, Kansas 14 in Lawrence
Texas Tech 38, Texas 35 in Austin
The National Games of the Week:
Notre Dame gets enough of the Jesuits this week as Boston College pulls the upset in Fenway Park. This is a rival game for BC and they will be ready. Notre Dame is looking forward to Stanford in this trap game. Stanford and Cal is a possible upset special but I just can’t pull the trigger on this one. But it will be close. Vanderbilt will take the Texas Aggies in a mild surprise. Look for LSU‘s Les Miles hot seat get hotter as they go down to OleMiss in a not so close game. And finally, Michigan State goes to the Horseshoe to face the Buckeyes. It might be the game of the day and Ohio State plays their best game and wins close.
Boston College plays a “road” game with Notre Dame in Fenway Park Saturday. A flyover shot of Fenway Park for Saturday’s Boston College-Notre Dame football game. (Twitter.com/ScottEckRadio)
Thursday, Nov. 19
East Carolina 27 at UCF 20, 7:30 p.m., ESPN
ULM 16 at Texas State 21, 7:30 p.m., ESPNU
Friday, Nov. 20
Cincinnati 32 at USF 17 8 p.m., CBSSN
Air Force 20 at Boise State 21, 9:30 pm., ESPN2
Saturday, Nov. 21
The Citadel 7 at South Carolina 28, Noon, SEC NETWORK Alt.
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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