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Sooners and Cowboys: Not the year for a Championship? Ohio State/Penn State pick; Alabama Still the best?

Penn State and Ohio State National Feature game of the week; Bama holds on to Number One;  Big Twelve Review;  TCU best in  Big Twelve as others follow;  Okla. State over West Virginia?


Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph (2) runs the ball against Texas linebacker Malik Jefferson during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Texas, Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, in Austin, Texas. Oklahoma State won 13-10 in overtime. (AP Photo/Michael Thomas)



The only Big Twelve team still undefeated is TCU. Do I expect the Horned Frogs to continue to stay perfect and get one of the four spots in the National playoffs at the end of the regular season?  No. And I do not think that the other teams in the conference with a chance to make that quartet, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, will either.  With such a competitive league, I expect OU and OSU to lose another game and TCU to also lose in conference. West Virginia can continue their run with a win over Okla. State this week an Iowa State is now a force also.  The Big Twelve runs six deep right now.  The league is now such a better one with more than one or two outstanding teams.


Big Twelve:  Where they stand


TCU:  Best defense in the league and had the opportunity to play and beat Okla. State when the Pokes were all beat up on the offensive line. Must be OU in Norman and a possible rematch with OSU could go bad for them. Look for the Frogs to make the conference title game with one loss.



TCU linebacker Travin Howard (32) gets up off of Kansas quarterback Peyton Bender (7) after sacking him during the second quarter, Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017 at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth.


Oklahoma:  Again showed weakness in a one touchdown win in Manhattan over an average K-State team.  Coach Riley almost over-coached himself into a loss and the Sooners were lucky to win.  There is a lack of getting fired up for a complete game for the Sooners and that is what it will take here on out.  This team has no ground to give in games with TCU, OSU, and West Virginia.  The Sooners will not be favored in all these games and Riley will not surprise Coaches Patterson, Gundy and Holgorsen.  On a positive note, Sooner quarterback Baker Mayfield is the best player in the country. Will he win the Heisman? Does it really matter?  Baker Mayfield is the best player in the country sports fans.


Oklahoma State:  Bright spot on the defense as it took a great effort to beat Texas for the fifth time in a row in Austin.  The Cowboys are the first school in history to do this and that is not chicken salad.  The offensive line will be the part of this team that people will look back in ten, twenty years to explain how this team lost two, maybe three games with such a high-powered offense.  The Texas gave OSU all they wanted Saturday and should have beat the Pokes.  With little respect to the Horns, poor Texas.


West Virginia:  The hillbillies of the eastern countryside are very good this year and even with two loses, on in conference, they control their own Big Twelve destiny.  A win this Saturday on the Cowboys puts them where they need to be, still in contention.


Iowa State: Holding the best win in conference this season, Iowa State is like the team above, in control if they continue to win and win out.  The best coaching job, so far, in the league, has been by Matt Campbell.  TCU better be prepared for an offense that is clicking in Iowa State Saturday.


Texas:  Beat Iowa State but lose to OU and OSU in conference play has almost taken them out of the Big Twelve picture with West Virginia, TCU, and Tech still to play.  Can Texas make a bowl game is the question and a six up and six down record will not be easy. Texas’s offense is not good.


Texas Tech:  Head Coach Kliff Kingsbury better get some wins somewhere. This coach is going to go down with this ship if they don’t make a bowl.


Kansas State:  I predict this will be the end of head coach Bill Snyder’s career.  The loss to OU Saturday was tough on the old man and at 78 it is time for his son  to take the reigns.


Baylor: The Bears might be the best no win team that has gained my respect ever.  They will beat KU and this will be rock bottom.  They are not that bad and never under-estimate them. Texas, you hear that?


Kansas:  This is one bad team.  I can not tell you what they need to do in Lawrence.  It is sad.


Fred’s Big Twelve Rankings
  1. TCU
  2. Oklahoma State
  3. Iowa State
  4. Oklahoma
  5. West Virginia
  6. Texas
  7. Kansas State
  8. Texas
  9. Baylor
  10. Kansas


This weeks games:


Oklahoma will hurt Texas Tech but won’t shut them out.  Sooners 48 and Red Raiders 28


Oklahoma State and West Virginia in Morgantown will be highly competitive and exciting. West Virginia has the better of this one as the offensive line continues to give OSU quarterback Mason Rudolph protection fits by the mad pass rush by the home team. Turnovers will let the Mountaineers slip in here with a 43 to 41 victory.  This would not, for me, be an upset.


It would not surprise me in the least to see Baylor win their first game this weekend at home against Texas.  Texas should win so I will take the Horns in a rather intriguing game, 41 to 34.  But I sure would not say this was written in stone.


Kansas State travels over to the Lawrence and will pick the feathers off a dead Jayhawk.  Wildcats in a walk 52 to 0.


TCU better be totally prepared for Iowa State in Ames. This might be the biggest game at Jack Trice in the past twenty years.  I won’t pick an upset here but I sure would be worried if I was a Horned Frog fan.  It will be close and right now ISU is playing as good as TCU. Frogs win in a tight fit 24 to 16.


Last week:  5-0; Season:  34-10



Fred’s National Top Twenty-five


  1. Alabama
  2. Penn State
  3. TCU
  4. Georgia
  5. Notre Dame
  6. Wisconsin
  7. MIami, Fla
  8. South Florida
  9. Oklahoma
  10. Clemson
  11. Oklahoma State
  12. Clemson
  13. Virginia Tech
  14. Ohio State
  15. North Carolina State
  16. Washington State
  17. Washington
  18. Univ. of Central Florida
  19. Michigan State
  20. West Virginia
  21. Iowa State
  22. Auburn
  23. Memphis
  24. Arizona State
  25. LSU


Game Predictions of the week


Memphis 31 and Tulane 20  (Friday)
SMU 41 and Tulsa 33  (Friday)
Wisconsin 32 at Illinois 7
Miami, Fla 36 at North Carolina 19
Michigan 35 and Rutgers 14
Ole MIss 38 and Arkansas 30
Penn State 26 at Ohio State 20
Georgia 21 at Florida 9
North Carolina State 27 at Notre Dame 24
Washington 31 and UCLA 24
Michigan State 19 and Northwestern 18
South Florida 48 and Houston 24
Univ. of Central Florida 62 and Austin Peay 13
aTm 31 and Mississippi State 24
Virginia Tech 35 and Duke 14
Purdue 30 and Nebraska 29
Clemson 21 and Georgia Tech 14
Washington State 39 at Arizona 18


Feature Photo:  OU’s Baker Mayfield (Photo: Scott Sewell, 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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