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Oklahoma State, Oklahoma the best that the Big 12 can offer….Ohio State #1……Bama and Nole’s play top game in week one……Tide picked to win?

Pokes and Sooners top Big Twelve; Buckeyes start as my #1;  Tide should nip Fla. State in Atlanta


Sep 17, 2016; Norman, OK, USA; Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) runs as Ohio State Buckeyes linebacker Jerome Baker (17) defends during the first quarter at Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports


With the Big Twelve now having an end of year conference championship game, it is most important for a team to get into that first or second place spot after the regular season ends.  A school could lose a regular season match-up with a school yet still play that school for the championship trophy in the title game on December 2nd in Arlington, Texas.  Oklahoma and Oklahoma State are the likely two to play in the Big Twelve championship game.  The Wildcats of land of Oz and the Toads of west Fort Worth could slip in, and the Mountaineers of the hillbilly country and the tea sipping Longhorns less likely.



10.  KANSAS:  Another basement finish for the Jaywawks.  A couple of non-conference wins a possible.  The program is making progress and the future is bright.  A multi-million dollar upgrade in facilities and a strong influence of better recruits should put Kansas back to respectability in a few years.  Hang in there Jayhawk fans, the future is looking up.

9.  Texas Tech:  The Red Raiders will have to fight off some stiff competition to win enough to get to a bowl.  This will be Kliff Kingsbury’s last season in Lubbock if Tech does not start off quick.

8.  Iowa State:  Improvement is happening in Ames and the Cyclones will be primed to post some more than impressive wins. Look for a six win season add a bowl.

7.  Baylor:  A team that could win more than they lose but don’t bet on it.  With Baylor, six wins will not be that far off but they are in the group with Tech, Iowa State more than West Virginia and Texas.  This team could finish as high as fifth but as low as 8th.

6.  West Virginia:  Beat the Hokies in game one and the Mountaineers will be off on a good ride.  Lose and the consequences will not be good.  As with the middle of the pack in the Big Twelve, another six win season but it could go higher or lower.  Six is about right.

5.  TCU:  The Horned Frogs are a cut above some in the conference and they have a much better coaching staff than most.  The Arkansas game sets the season and with a win on the road nine wins seem about right.  Do not count them out to pull into second and get into the title game.

4.  Texas:  The new coaching staff will have the Horns ready but the talent is not where it will be in two or three seasons. There is a reason for Texas having losing squads in the recent past.  It was not all coaching. A tough non-conference schedule will prepare them for the Red River game that is always a tossup.  Look for a good season. UT will win eight or more.

3.  Kansas State:  The Wildcats should be six and zero when they host OU on Oct. 21.  Win that one and they will get into the championship game even with  loss at Stillwater. I have them with a ten win season and eleven if they can upset OU.  A great season for Snyder to end his career in the Little Apple.

2.  Oklahoma:  Lincoln Riley will need to outscore Okla. State in Stillwater to take the 1st seed into the conference title game in Arlington.  Ohio State is a second game that the Sooners will  need to win if they expect to make the Final Four.  I give the Sooners a ten win regular season and another fight with the Pokes for the Big Twelve title.

1.  Oklahoma State:  Offense wins in the Big Twelve these days and the Poke passing game will be the best in the country.  If you can score fifty on the OSU defense you have a chance.  With the Bedlam game this year in Stillwater, I give that one to the Cowboys. They should meet again in the title game and I won’t say they can do it again.  I won’t say they could not.  OSU runs the table until December 2 in Jerry’s World.  They will be undefeated going into the game.

Big Twelve Championship Game:  OU 56 and Oklahoma State 51


Fred’s Preseason Top Twenty-five

  1. Ohio State
  2. Florida State
  3. Oklahoma State
  4. Alabama
  5. USC
  6. Washington
  7. Clemson
  8. Penn State
  9. Oklahoma
  10. Auburn
  11. Florida
  12. Wisconsin
  13. LSU
  14. Stanford
  15. Miami, Fla
  16. Kansas State
  17. Michigan
  18. Louisville
  19. TCU
  20. South Florida
  21. Virginia Tech
  22. Nebraska
  23. Notre Dame
  24. Oregon
  25. Houston
Week One Predictions

Big Twelve

Thursday, August 31

Oklahoma State 62 and Tulsa 24

Saturday, September 2

Texas 31 and Maryland 18

Oklahoma 63 and UTEP 14

Texas Tech 40 and Eastern Washington 21

Kansas 38 and Southeast Missouri 10

Kansas State 42 and Central Washington 13

Baylor 51 and Liberty 24

Iowa State 24 and Northern Iowa 14

TCU 56 and Jackson State 7

Virginia Tech 35 over West Virginia 31 in Landover, Maryland

National Games of interest

Ohio State 38 at Indiana 14

Washington 41 at Rutgers 7

Wisconsin 36 and Utah State 20

Clemson 46 and Kent State 9

Penn State 50 and Akron 19

Miami Fla 65 and Bethune-Cookman 0

Florida 16 and Michigan 15

South Florida 45 and Stony Brook 7

USC 49 and Western Michigan 14

Georgia 31 and Appalachian State 6

Auburn 41 and Georgia Southern 9

Louisville 55 and Purdue 14

Alabama 17 and Florida State 13 at Atlanta, Georgia

BYU 21 and LSU 20 at Houston, Texas

Washington State 61 and Montana State 29

Georgia Tech 24 and Tennessee 22

Feature Photo:

Baker Mayfield (left) and Mason Rudolph are friends and Bedlam rivals.

  • Tulsa World file photos












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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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