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Bedlam is going to be great. My pick; Alabama Nation’s Best; Washington to slip into the Final Four?


Bedlam Week Prediction:  Toss Up in Norman  My pick below



OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY / COLLEGE FOOTBALL / UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA / BEDLAM: OU quarterback Josh Heupel (14) looks for a receiver, while OSU defensive lineman LaWaylon Brown (89) pressures during the first half of a Big 12 football game, Saturday, Nov. 25, 2000, in Stillwater, Okla. Oklahoma is the nation’s top-ranked team. (AP Photo/Jerry Laizure


My first inclination is that Oklahoma will have enough defense to put a stop to Oklahoma State Saturday in Bedlam.  My second thoughts also support an OU win with the game in Norman and how tough it is for the visitor to win in this venue.  Believing that Mike Stoop’s defense can give the Cowboy’s problems in the running game and holding Mason Rudolph and his pass catchers limited success would tell me the Sooners win this one by a close shave.  Ball control by OU can also be a strong point if they can dominate time of possession and keep OSU off the field and limit their number of drives.


I hear a lot about how OU has the star power in this game. Sure, Joe Mixon, Samaja Perine, Baker Mayfield and DeDe Westbrook will get their yards, scores, and special moments.  This Sooner offense is lethal and can put up big time numbers.  And those numbers will  be needed Saturday.  For OU to fart around on a couple of series in a row, or a bad quarter, or a slow start. sports fan, that can get the Big Red beat.


For the Pokes, Mason Rudolph and company can light you up and I am sure that this offense can’t wait to get to this Sooner secondary.  OSU has the ability to go deep, go medium, and James Washington and friends can run circles on the Sooners pass defenders.  The running game is much better than it has been in recent memory, and if the Pokes get early success on the ground, we are in for a shootout. For the record, OSU has the better defense with the ability to force turnovers at a greater degree.


Baker Mayfield does not throw interceptions unless his receivers misplay the ball with errors such as tipped passes and alike.  Turnovers can be the deciding factor. Also, the OSU kicking game, superior to OU, can make the difference in a close game.  Specifically the punting of Zach Sinor, the best in college football, and his ability to kick long and pin the opponent inside the ten yard line.  Field position is not all that important as both teams can take it to the house from any place on the field, but turnovers deep in your own territory can be significant and having a short field to deal with is also important. Sure I can not say field position is not important and also say a short field is important. But both teams given a short field limit the number of plays to get a score and that limits the chance of another turnover.


Finally, to actually think one team is better is just foolish. This could be one of the most memorable Bedlam games in history.  Actually a toss up.  And there will be some really unhappy people come middle afternoon Saturday.   For my Sooner family and friends, OU wins in overtime 41 to 34.  For my Cowboys family and friends, OSU win in overtime 51 to 48.  For sport fans in general, OSU pulls out a Bedlam win, 41 to 37 in regulation.

BEDLAM: UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA VS OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY COLLEGE FOOTBALL AT NORMAN, OKLA. SATURDAY NOV. 24, 2001. OSU receiver Rashaun Woods goes for a touchdown catch in front of OU's Derrick Strait in the fourth quarter. Woods made the catch to win the game. OSU won, 16-13. Staff photo by Nate Billings.

BEDLAM: UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA VS OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY COLLEGE FOOTBALL AT NORMAN, OKLA. SATURDAY NOV. 24, 2001. OSU receiver Rashaun Woods goes for a touchdown catch in front of OU’s Derrick Strait in the fourth quarter. Woods made the catch to win the game. OSU won, 16-13. Staff photo by Nate Billings.


Fredsportsextra Big Twelve Rankings

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

Fredsportsextra Top Twenty Five

  1. Alabama
  2. Ohio State
  3. Michigan
  4. Washington
  5. Clemson
  6. Wisconsin
  7. Oklahoma State
  8. Oklahoma
  9. USC
  10. Colorado
  11. Penn State
  12. West Virginia
  13. Florida State
  14. Western Michigan
  15. Virginia Tech
  16. Navy
  17. Auburn
  18. Stanford
  19. LSU
  20. Florida
  21. Iowa
  22. Air Force
  23. Tulsa
  24. Pittsburgh
  25. Houston

Final Four (as I expect it next week)

Alabama vs Washington

Ohio State vs Clemson

National Title Game:  Alabama vs Ohio State

National Champion:  Alabama


This weeks predictions:

Big Twelve:

Oklahoma State 41 at Oklahoma 37

TCU 27 and Kansas State 24

West Virginia 48 and Baylor 21

(Last week in the Big Twelve: 2-0  Year:  47-15)

PAC Championship:  Washington 35 and Colorado 20

SEC Championship:  Alabama 27 and Florida 9

ACC Championship:  Clemson 34 and Virginia Tech 24

Big Ten Championship:  Wisconsin 24 and Penn State 20

Other games of the week:


Western Michigan 42 at Ohio 18


Navy 56 and Temple 29


Feature Photo:  Ice Bowl (Tulsa World)

Secondary Photo:  Oklahoma State’s Thurman Thomas (left) runs with the ball as OU’s Richard Reed pursues him during the matchup between the No. 2 Sooners and the No. 3 Cowboys on Nov. 24, 1984.  (Tulsa World)





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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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