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Big Twelve Review; Sooners, Mountaineers Win; Alabama Tops in Land


West Virginia and Oklahoma Stay Unbeaten in Conference


Oct 15, 2016; Norman, OK, USA; Oklahoma Sooners wide receiver Dede Westbrook (11) runs for a touchdown after a reception against Kansas State Wildcats defensive back DJ Reed (2) and Kansas State Wildcats defensive back Dante Barnett (22) during the third quarter at Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

West Virginia took Texas Tech apart and as the Mountaineers continue to make a strong run in the Big Twelve.  Is West Virginia the team to beat in the conference?  At home next week against TCU will be the biggest game of Dana Holgorsen’s career as a head coach.  TCU won’t make it easy for Dana and his team.  The following week in Stillwater will not be a must game to win if the Mountaineers take care of the Frogs. Win one of two and West Virginia will be in good shape.   Home games with OU and Baylor will tell if it is the year in Morgantown. Can they take three of four of these key games and also beat Texas in Austin?  The decision is still out.

Oklahoma bled the Kansas State Wildcats as Joe Mixon showed he is no ordinary running back and DeDe Westbrook proved he is a dangerous big play performer for Sooners.  OU is getting better and the OSU visit to Norman could be the game of the year in the conference.

Texas broke a three game skid with a solid win at home over Iowa State.  Baylor smashed Kansas in Waco.

Big Twelve Rankings

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


Fredsportsextra Top Twenty Five

  1.  Alabama
  2. Ohio State
  3. Michigan
  4. Washington
  5. Texas A&M
  6. Clemson
  7. West Virginia
  8. Louisville
  9. Baylor
  10. Wisconsin
  11. Florida State
  12. Houston
  13. Boise State
  14. Oklahoma
  15. Florida
  16. Western Michigan
  17. Arkansas
  18. Nebraska
  19. Tennessee
  20. Ole Miss
  21. Washington State
  22. Utah
  23. Oklahoma State
  24. Auburn
  25. Navy

Final Four:  Alabama, Ohio State, Washington, Clemson

National Champion:  Alabama


Conference Rankings

  1.  Big Ten
  2. SEC
  3. ACC
  4. Big Twelve
  5. PAC
  6. American



Ohio State beats Wisconsin Saturday (Photo: Jeff Hanisch, USA TODAY Sports)


Top photo credit: Mark Rogers-West Virginia running back Justin Crawford scores a touchdown before Texas Tech’s D.J. Polite-Bray can get to him during the Mountaineers’ 48-17 win on Saturday at Jones AT&T Stadium. (Photo: Mark Rogers, AP)

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About Fred Pahlke

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.

One Response to “Big Twelve Review; Sooners, Mountaineers Win; Alabama Tops in Land”

  1. October 17, 2016 at 3:57 pm

    Just some of my observations Fred !! Great articles and fun to read.

    Clemson is not that good and like FSU a few years back is living on the edge and after Saturday you could truly say “Divine intervention”. Roll Tide is more than a nickname, and unless Texas A&M can pull a rabbit out of a hat on the weekend, the Tide will continue to roll. . I absolutely hated listening to Kirk Herbstreit on Saturday night talking big time trash and then asking his audience to make note of the fact that the Buckeyes are a young team after all !! Sorry Ohio State you can’t have it both ways!! There are so many distractions within the Big 12 that people have missed out on some great football. Note to the Big 12, we just don’t care anymore whether you want to expand or not !! Oklahoma is on top of the Big 12 world, but earlier losses continue to point the Sooners to a big Non-CFP New Years bowl game. Baylor and West Virginia are undefeated, but with the meat of the Conference schedule staring down at both teams, it will be next to impossible to expect even one of them to survive the final 4 week gauntlet. Impressive performance by the Baylor Bears nonetheless given the upheaval on campus and the firing of coach Art Briles. The Mountaineers meanwhile have hit some new heights for the WV faithful since joining the Big 12. The beating of Texas Tech on the weekend could spell something bigger and better for the 125 Anniversary of Mountaineer football. Oh and by the way, just so we don’t get too far ahead of ourselves, remember, Oklahoma is in the way of any of those undefeated aspirations. Washington picked the best week to have a bye!! Let the middle of the pack strike at each other and let the pieces fall wherever. Washington State continues to make statement games against everyone and is looking like they will be the prime stumbling block for the Huskies on the final week of the season. The Cougars inexplicably lost to a FCS school to start the year and that has plagued them in the standings. Houston struggled big time against Tulsa and narrowly escaped purgatory within the AAC Conference with their win. Boise State continues to roll out in the Mountain West Conference and should run the table right into a big time New Year’s Day bowl game. The Broncos only stumbling block may come from the Broncos of Western Michigan who are piling up an impressive resume !! The Michiganders have already taken down two Big Ten teams in Northwestern and Illinois and if you consider that Northwestern just put up 54 points against Michigan State, then you have to take notice of this “other” Broncos bunch from Kalamazoo !! BYU continues to knock off some big teams as well with another signature game against Mississippi State. The Bulldogs admittedly are having a down year without Dak Prescott, but taking down Toledo, Michigan State and Mississippi State in consecutive weeks shows the Cougars are legit !!

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