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College Football Wrap; Look to 2017 and Ohio State, Oklahoma, Florida State and Alabama

Alabama defensive back Ronnie Harrison stopped Watson short of the goal line in the fourth quarter. Clemson scored one play later.  Photo: Tom Pennington, Getty Images

The college football season for 2016 is history.  Congratulations to the Clemson Tigers and their outstanding quarterback, Deshaun Watson, for winning the College Playoff National Championship game in a tough fought nail biter over the always vibrant Alabama Crimson Tide.  The title game was the best contest of the season.  It proved that the ACC and Clemson were the best the game offered this season.


Fredsportsextra Football Lists
My Final Top 25
  1. Clemson
  2. Alabama
  3. Oklahoma
  4. Washington
  5. Ohio State
  6. Florida State
  7. USC
  8. Oklahoma State
  9. Penn State
  10. Wisconsin
  11. Western Michigan
  12. LSU
  13. South Florida
  14. Stanford
  15. West Virginia
  16. Utah
  17. Miami, Fla.
  18. San Diego State
  19. Louisville
  20. Virginia Tech
  21. Florida
  22. Colorado
  23. Kansas State
  24. Tennessee
  25. Georgia



Pre-Season Top 25 for 2017
  1. Florida State
  2. Oklahoma
  3. Ohio State
  4. Alabama
  5. USC
  6. Penn State
  7. Oklahoma State
  8. Penn State
  9. Clemson
  10. Washington
  11. Auburn
  12. Wisconsin
  13. Stanford
  14. LSU
  15. Georgia
  16. Texas
  17. Kansas State
  18. South Florida
  19. Tulsa
  20. Florida
  21. West Virginia
  22. Michigan
  23. Pittsburgh
  24. Miami, Fla
  25. Washington State


National Final Four:  Oklahoma vs Ohio State;  Alabama vs Florida State


National Title Game:  Ohio State vs Florida State


National Champion:  Ohio State


Heisman Trophy:  Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma


Baker Mayfield, OU- Photo: Getty Images


Feature Photo:

Samaje Perine #32 of the Oklahoma Sooners reacts after scoring a touchdown against the Auburn Tigers during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 2, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
(Jan. 1, 2017 – Source: Sean Gardner/Getty Images North America)



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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.

4 Responses to “College Football Wrap; Look to 2017 and Ohio State, Oklahoma, Florida State and Alabama”

  1. January 18, 2017 at 8:36 pm

    Hey Fred, Certainly agree that Clemson will finally take a step back after an awesome 5 year run. However I cannot believe that you do not have Louisville in the Top 25 for your pre-season poll. Lamar Jackson should be reason enough to include them.
    Really don’t an answer for you at this time, but really feel that Washington and USC will play larger roles in the top 4 in 2017. Interesting to see that you have 5 teams from the Big 12 !! Any logic to why so many when they play such a tough interlocking schedule ??

    • January 19, 2017 at 3:00 am

      Not impressed with Louisville and think somethings is going to happen to them that is not good. The Big 12 will be much better. All leagues play tough schedules but the Big 12 teams play everyone. The Big 12 has some very fine qb’s coming back and that will be a positive.

  2. Marlon
    April 23, 2017 at 8:52 am

    Do not sleep on Clemson. Defense will be one of the best nationally. Watson is gone but play makers are not. As a lifelong Tiger, I believe the boys will end up in top 10 and on the edge of playoffs. IF one of these talented quarterbacks steps up and shows out, BEWARE. what you say.

    • April 23, 2017 at 8:52 pm

      Thank you for reading my blog. Clemson has every opportunity to win big again. But it will be difficult.

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