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Big Twelve Review; Pokes can’t cover deep but sure can fumble; Fredsportsextra Top 25


Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph (left) throws under pressure from Baylor defensive end K.J. Smith (56) and linebacker Taylor Young (1) in the first half.  Photo by Rod Aydelotte Waco Trib.com

Baylor Beats O-State with big plays;  Alabama stays number one;  Wisconsin proves it has potential; LSU fires Miles (No Les no more)


If someone on the coaching staff at Oklahoma State  (Glenn Spencer, hello) could teach their defensive backs the art of how to defend pass receivers that run the “stop and go” the Cowboys might have a chance to play some decent pass defense.  The players in the secondary for the Pokes must stay with the better ones in the country (like what Baylor displayed Saturday night in Waco) goes without saying.  That did not happen Saturday night as they had no clue what to do and got beat on the bite every time, making a joke out their pass defense skills.  Blame the coaches and/or the players.  Take your pick.  But if OSU does not get this problem under control this 2016 team in Stillwater is not going to be a bowl team in 2016.  This is no joke sports fans.  For the record:

Stop-and-Go: This route is purposefully designed to throw defenders off with misdirection. The receiver runs up field 10 to 15 yards, stops and turns around like he is going to catch a pass, hesitates for a moment or two, then quickly starts running up field again. This is done in hopes that the defender will bite on the ‘stop,’ making it easier for the receiver to get open when he resumes running

Fact is, Baylor’s players did not have to do anything but give a slight hesitation ten yards down the field and then blow past the Poke defender getting free as a bird (Bear).  Sorry, but OSU’s defensive coordinator (Glenn, that is you) put his corner backs, as stated he stated, “on an island”.  This is never good against superior wide outs.  Baylor has superior wide outs. Never good sports fans.  So in fact, teaching the players and putting the players in positions of having a chance to do a job (breakup passes) goes hand in hand.  Someone needs to coach these players up both in technique and schemes they are to run.  It did not take a well versed secondary coach to see the problem.  The players need to play better and the coaches need to coach better and Head coach Mike Gundy said Saturday after the 35-24 loss.  A few long bombs and a few fumbles was enough to ruin OSU in a game which they could have, should have, won.


Other Big Twelve games:

TCU 33-3 over SMU  (as expected)

Iowa State 44 and San Jose State 10 (first win for new coach at ISU)

West Virginia 35 and BYU 32 (Holgorsen keeps his team unbeaten)

Kansas State 35-0 over Missouri State (expected-game shortened to one half as of weather)


Big Twelve Rankings (Sept 27)

  1. Baylor
  2. West Virginia
  3. Oklahoma
  4. TCU
  5. Oklahoma State
  6. Kansas Stte
  7. Texas
  8. Texas Tech
  9. Iowa State
  10. Kansas

Fredsportsexra Top 25


Key for my Top 25:  SC means a team that is an actual threat to win the title; FF means a team that could possibly make the four playoff.

  1. Alabama   sc
  2. Ohio State  sc
  3. Louisville  sc
  4. Wisconsin  sc
  5. Clemson  sc
  6. Stanford  ff
  7. Houston  ff
  8. Washington  ff
  9. Michigan  ff
  10. Baylor  ff
  11. Tennessee  ff
  12. Texas A&M  ff
  13. West Virginia  ff
  14. Utah  ff
  15. Florida State
  16. Miami (Fla)  ff
  17. Nebraska
  18. Ole Miss
  19. Boise State
  20. TCU
  21. Oklahoma
  22. Florida
  23. Michigan State
  24. Arkansas
  25. North Dakota State

National Semi-finals:  Alabama, Stanford, Louisville, Ohio State

National Champion:  Ohio State


Sep 17, 2016; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; LSU Tigers head coach Les Miles runs onto the field with his team before a game against the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Tiger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Sep 17, 2016; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; LSU Tigers head coach Les Miles runs onto the field with his team before a game against the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Tiger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports


Les Miles was fired by LSU this weekend.  It was a good firing as Miles just couldn’t get his offense going and the program had hit a rut.  Miles will be back in coaching when he wants to.  He is a rich man with his buyout and he will return in time to a major program.




Wisconsin Badgers quarterback Alex Hornibrook throws while pressured by Michigan State Spartans linebacker Jon Reschke during the first half of a game at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, Mich., on Sept. 24, 2016. Photo: Mike Carter/USA TODAY Sports



As for Wisconsin, their dismantling of Michigan State in East Lansing was impressive.  They have become a serious player in the Big Ten and nationally.  I will not doubt them.



Tennessee quarterback Joshua Dobbs (11) throws to a receiver during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Florida Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, in Knoxville, Tenn. Tennessee won 38-28. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)


Tennessee’s win was expected over Florida but the comeback was never the less stunning.  Butch Jones gets a signature win.  I expect them to destroy Georgia in Athens this Saturday. My predictions for this week will be out Friday.


Feature photo: Rod Aydelotte  Waco Trib.com  –  Baylor defensive end K.J. Smith (56) forces a Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph fumble in the first half.








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Fred Pahlke, an Oklahoma native has viewed over 10,000 sporting events in his 65 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. He has guided various high school and college athletes in his time as an educator and coach. Fredsportsextra has recorded 101, 410 article views in its first ten months, from August 2015 through May 2016.

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