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Oklahoma, Alabama, Clemson, USC or Penn State? Top team in the country?; Big Twelve Weekly Review; Predictions for Week 3; National Rankings; ….

Predictions (below): Fla. State over Miami, Fla. , Clemson over Louisville, Oklahoma State over Pittsburgh, and Florida over Tennessee?



Baker Mayfield celebrates. (Photo: Gregory Shamus, Getty Images)

The Big Twelve


The Big Twelve is becoming a better than not conference. Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Kansas State, TCU, and West Virginia are really fine football teams. That is half of the league. The Baylor Bears and Kansas Jayhawks are as bad as you can get.  Texas, Texas Tech, and Iowa State, not so bad, but not so good.  With OU taking Ohio State down (on the road in the Shoe) and TCU the same with Arkansas (in Arkielands), the league had two significant wins last weekend.


Oklahoma:  A powerhouse right now, put them in the top echelon of teams and a great chance to make the playoffs.  Baker Mayfield is a just what a team needs, that being a leader that can give your team a chance to win every game.


Oklahoma State:  Another easy rout of a less than impressive team in South Alabama.  The passing game is tops in the country and the defense is showing signs of being better than average.  Looking up in Stillwater and another possible playoff team.  Mason Rudolph is the best college quarterback north of Moore, OK.


TCU:  The defense is really better than just very good…..they are excellent.  If Quarterback Kenny Hill can continue to work out his mistake prone play the Frogs can be in the discussion.  The road will be a stumbling block.


Kansas State:  We shall find out how good the Wildcat are when they finally play a team of note.  Right now they are doing what is expected.  Still, with their tract record against OU in the Little Apple, they are still suspect. Beat OU and the sky is the limit for Coach to bow out this season with one of his greatest teams.  I am not down on KSU by any means. Never under-estimate the aged one.


West Virginia:  Will continue to get better and they will have a say in the Big Twelve hunt for the title.  OSU will find Morgantown a problem when they come to town.


Texas:  As expected, an easy win over San Jose State.  The attendance in DKR is embarrassing.  It was not full Saturday, one third empty, and that is not Texas like.  Horns could get run out of the Coliseum this Saturday in Los Angeles.  This is not funny to Texas fans.  Mess with Texas?  Yes sir.


Texas Tech:  Who really knows what Kliff Kingsbury has in Lubbock?  I am not up on this program. 


Iowa State:  Should have won the game with Iowa.  A bad loss in a game that they should have won.  A typical Iowa State team?  I think so.



Kansas:  I picked them to lose to the MAC team and they did. My only significant pick. I can always count on the Jayhawks to lose as long as they are not playing the Horns.


Baylor:  Since the Bears are on the skids, I just hope they are playing by the rules of humanity with regard to treatment of women.  This is one bad team but who cares?



Big Twelve Rankings

  1. OU
  2. OSU
  3. TCU
  4. KSU
  5. WVU
  6. TT
  7. UT
  8. ISU
  9. KU
  10. BU


Baker Mayfield put OU in the spotlight



Going into Week three of the college football season, Oklahoma has the best win.    Baker Mayfield, the exuberant Heisman Trophy candidate, hoisted the colors and then planted the it into at turf (it bounced off) at the Shoe in Columbus as the Sooners had the Buckeyes walk the plank in a 31-16 execution that was not that close.


Alabama, with a win over Florida State a week ago is every bit of dominating as any team and USC got a big victory at home over Stanford.  Clemson continues to defend their National Title of last year with a solid scolding of Auburn in Death Valley.


Those five are my top teams in the country, with Oklahoma the best looking of that group.  Oklahoma State, who will finally play a better than crap team like they have the past two games, gets a chance at Pittsburgh to see if they can be a factor early in the season for their high ranking.


Penn St gets win at Pitt in Happy Valley-Photo credit/source: http://www.sportingnews.com/ncaa-football/news/penn-state-pitt-score-saquon-barkley-trace-mcsorley-offense-james-franklin-big-ten/syx1o78e7i4a1jvdislmeren6



Fred’s Top Twenty-five


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


Weekly Predictions


Big Twelve


West Virginia 60 and Delaware State 6
Ohio 35 and Kansas 20
Iowa State 30 at Akron 29
Oklahoma State 48 at Pittsburgh 39
Duke 36 and Baylor 19
TCU 41 and SMU 10
Oklahoma 56 and Tulane 20
Kansas State 20 and Vanderbilt 13
Texas Tech 52 and Arizona State 45
USC 42 and Texas 16
Last week:  5-3  Season:  13-5



National Picks for Week Three (games of interest)


Michigan 38 and Air Force 21
Nebraska 28 and Northern Illinois 7
Memphis 40 and UCLA 32
Florida 19 and Tennessee 18
LSU 24 at Miss State 14
Tulsa 28 at Toledo 21
Florida State 25 and Miami, Fla 21
Clemson 39 and Louisville 28
Alabama 30 and Colorado State 0
Stanford 31 at San Diego State 21


Feature Photo:  Oklahoma Sooners head coach Lincoln Riley celebrates after his team’s win over Ohio State at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on Saturday, September 9, 2017. IAN MAULE/Tulsa World



Secondary photo: Mark Andrews takes an Ohio State hit in Columbus, Ohio, on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017.    https://realsport101.com/news/sports/nfl/ncaaf/ncaaf-week-2-5-oklahoma-2-ohio-state-preview-and-prediction/







About Fred Pahlke

Fred Pahlke, an Oklahoma native has viewed over 10,000 sporting events in his 64 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. Fredsportsextra has recorded 101, 410 article views in its first ten months, from August 2015 through May 2016.

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