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Sooners, Cowboys take different forks in the road; Big Twelve and Top 25

Sooners Wagon almost burns; Cowboys throw up on Toad soup; Tide shows power in win; Look for Clemson’s run to end this Saturday on Gobbler stew……


TCU running back Darius Anderson, right, break away from Oklahoma State defensive end Tralund Webber, left, and safety Za’Carrius Green to score a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017.(AP Photo/Brody Schmidt)


Week four saw Alabama throttle Vanderbilt, Penn State win on a walk-off touchdown pass, Oklahoma State taken to the cleaners by the TCU Frogs, and Oklahoma win a dog-fight with the Baylor Bears.  It was a good week for the viewer and the fans in the seats.



In Big Twelve Action


Oklahoma overcame a fired up Baylor team to win in Waco.  With six players getting their first action of the season for the Bears, this BU team was not the one that had lost to Liberty and UTSA.  With injuries taking out a key defensive back, OU’s pass defense was lacking but credit Baylor’s offense for their fine play. It was a win and all wins are important. But if you think OU is going undefeated with that kind of repeat performance, the Sooners are in some big trouble in China.



TCU took the fight to Oklahoma State from the kickoff and kicked the Pokes in Stillwater. Out played, out coached, and with the left side of the OSU offensive line injured, TCU was the better team.  But do not give up on the Pokes and do not under-rate TCU.  Both teams are really good.


West Virginia took care of business at Kansas.  The Jayhawks did make it more than a romp with a good offensive performance against a better than average Mountaineer defense.


Texas Tech played one of their best defensive games in a while as they broke the Cougars back in Houston. A nice win for the Red Raiders.


Last week:  2-2     Season 24-8


Fred’s Big Twelve Rankings


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


This week in the league:


Texas 27 at Iowa State 21 (Thursday)
Baylor 31 at Kansas State 30
Oklahoma State 59 at Texas Tech 35


National Rankings

  1. Alabama
  2. Oklahoma
  3. Clemson
  4. Penn State
  5. USC
  6. TCU
  7. Georgia
  8. Washington
  9. Wisconsin
  10. Ohio State
  11. Michigan
  12. Virginia Tech
  13. Oklahoma State
  14. West Virginia
  15. Miami, Fla
  16. Washington State
  17. South Florida
  18. Florida
  19. Iowa
  20. San Diego State
  21. Utah
  22. Auburn
  23. Texas Tech
  24. Duke
  25. Navy


National Predictions


Miami, Fla. 25 at Duke 21
USC 43 at Washington State 34
Florida 15 and Vanderbilt 6
Wisconsin 31 and Northwestern 20
Georgia 29 at Tennessee 18
Penn State 45 and Indiana 21
Auburn 24 and Miss. State 23
Virginia Tech 20 and Clemson 19
Alabama 45 and Ole Miss 7
Oregon 32 and California 21

Feature Photo:  (Jerome Miron, USA TODAY Sports)






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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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