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Fredsportsextra College Football Review: Sooners Defense; Oklahoma State Lookback; Alabama Tops 25

Texas Tech's Patrick Mahomes II (5) breaks away from Oklahoma's Austin Roberts (95) in the third quarter during a college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and Texas Tech Red Raiders at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock, Texas, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016. OU won 66-59. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

Texas Tech’s Patrick Mahomes II (5) breaks away from Oklahoma’s Austin Roberts (95) in the third quarter during a college football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and Texas Tech Red Raiders at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock, Texas, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016. OU won 66-59. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman


Plenty of reasons for Oklahoma’s defense to be trashed by Texas Tech last Saturday night.  Here is the list:
  1.  Sooners have injury problems on that side of the ball
  2. Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes II is very good against porous defenses
  3. Mike Stoops and his defense tried everything to stop a passing attack void of a running game and it did not work-coach was shit-out-of-luck
  4. OU could not stop Tech on third down all night.


We will not see such a game like the one in Lubbock anytime soon (well, we might, sooner than later).  OU’s defense was the worst defense in the country trying to stop that Red Raider offense  (well, I am not into going to Tech practices). It just was a “perfect storm” and it kept on raining and blowing Tech touchdowns on OU.  And the Tech defense was in the same storm in trying to stop the Sooners (and I will not go into the structure of the Red Raiders defense as hell-if-I-know).



Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury had no answer for the Sooner offense that also gained record yardage in the contest. I had predicted OU to score 80 in the game but the Red Raiders “held” the Big Red to 66.  Give credit to Mahomes II and his bunch in not turning it over much.  Joe Mixon, DeDe Westbrook, and Sooner quarterback  Baker Mayfield baked and ate the Red Raider cake defense with gusto, filling their bellies with soft yards, frosting off touchdowns thru the air and on the ground.  This was the first game in NCAA history in this “big boy” division to have a 250 yard rusher (Mixon), a 200 yard pass catcher (Westbrook), and a 500 yard passer (Mayfield).  It was one of the Sooner records set (and if you are a Tech fan, you know what Mahomes II did to OU).  Yes sports fans, you liked the game or you didn’t, but it was historic, on both sides of the field.



What can OU do to play better defense against the likes of Oklahoma State, Baylor, West Virginia, Kansas and Iowa State?  Getting some of the injured players back onto the field will not hurt.  But let us get realistic.  Of those five teams mentioned above, we all know that three of them will light the Sooner up if changes don’t happen. And we come to find out that Bob Stoops will continue to have confidence to continue to do what they have been doing in the past.  And that is an honest outlook for the Sooner boss. What can you do?  Another perfect storm, a couple coming to Norman in the real near future?


Oklahoma State got into the game in Lawrence after a sluggish couple of quarters.  Kansas has a very good defensive line that played well to bottle up the Pokes enough to keep the game interesting.  The same start this week against West Virginia will not be good.




Oklahoma State running back Chris Carson (32) hurdles Kansas cornerback Derrick Neal (7) after a catch during the fourth quarter on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016 at Memorial Stadium. Kansas safety Fish Smithson (9) is at right. PHOTO: NICK KRUG


Texas needs to play their games at home in Austin where they are unbeaten.  Kansas State was just ok but that was enough to beat the Horns in Manhattan and put another nail in the coffin of Charlie Strong.


West Virginia beat an over-rated TCU.  That does not mean I think West Virginia is an patsy that does not deserve a nice national ranking.  The seven starters on offense and the same on defense tell me that the Mountaineers are a veteran team with a bunch load of experience. Good win for Dana Holgorsen.


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



School Big 12 Overall Pct.
Oklahoma 4 – 0 5 – 2 .714
Baylor 3 – 0 6 – 0 1.000
West Virginia 3 – 0 6 – 0 1.000
Oklahoma State 3 – 1 5 – 2 .714
Kansas State 2 – 2 4 – 3 .571
TCU 2 – 2 4 – 3 .571
Texas 1 – 3 3 – 4 .429
Texas Tech 1 – 3 3 – 4 .429
Iowa State 0 – 4 1 – 6 .143
Kansas 0 – 4 1 – 6 .143

Aggies let opportunity slip away with a shift in momentum during third-quarter stretch By Brent ZwernemanOctober 22, 2016 Updated: October 22, 2016 11:02pm 0 Texas A&M quarterback Trevor Knight can only watch as Alabama defensive end Jonathan Allen returns a fumble recovery for a touchdown in the third quarter Saturday. Photo: Karen Warren, Staff Photographer / 2016 Houston Chronicle

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


Final Four:  Alabama, Washington, Michigan, Clemson
National Championship Game:  Alabama over Michigan


Feature photo of Joe Mixon (http://stormininnorman.com/2016/10/23/oklahoma-football-takeaways-from-track-meet-texas-tech/)



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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.

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