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Big Twelve recap and ranking; New National Top 25

Texas Longhorns wide receiver Lil’Jordan Humphrey (84) runs into the end zone for a score against USC Trojans safety Marvell Tell III (7) in the second quarter of the NCAA college football game, at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, in Austin, Texas Saturday, Sept. 15 , 2018 RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

It was a hit or miss week for the Big Twelve.  More hit than I expected.  The conference teams won five of seven out-of-conference contests and West Virginia’s game with North Carolina State was cancelled. I had predicted only one win out of those seven.  OU beat Iowa State in Big Twelve conference play.
Oklahoma opened the league season with a nice 37-27 win over Iowa State in Ames.  The defense of Mike Stoops had some difficulty in shutting down a second team quarterback in Zeb Nolan and his number one receiver Hakeem Butler.  A six foot six stud, Butler had his way for the first 37 minutes of the game, breaking tackles and running through the Sooner secondary.  In the final 23 minutes, Pernell Motley, who was assigned to cover Butler, received some help as Butler received a defense double team and he did not make another catch.  Kyler Murray had this third exceptional day and the Sooner offense had their way with a better than average Cyclone defense.


In a battle of Top 25 teams, Boise State visited Stillwater and found the grass on the surface of Boone Pickens not good for grazing their Broncos. Oklahoma State dominated both lines and Taylor Cornelius was excellent with his feet and arm in a 44-21 win.  The Pokes were much the better team in all areas.  OSU is for real.


Texas crushed USC in Darrell K Royal in Austin, 37-14.  It was impressed. Doubts that Horn quarterback Sam Ehlinger is a proven performer in the clutch must be recognized.  Texas got good play from both sides of the ball and the defense is evolving as one of the best units in the league…Good win for UT.



Kansas State won in Manhattan in a workmanlike fashion over UTSA. The score was 41-17.


No more jokes with Kansas football for a while. They crushed Rutgers of the Big Ten 55-14.  A two game winning streak for the Jayhawks.


Duke proved they are a better team than Baylor, beating the Bears in Waco, 40-27.



Texas Tech upset Houston 63-49 in Lubbock.  The passing game was clicking and Houston had no clue.



TCU had Ohio State in their pocket until a total breakdown in the third quarter as the Buckeyes win 40-28.  TCU was the Big Twelve’s biggest disappointment as they played with the Big Ten opponents for most of the game.  Gary Patterson is not a happy coach today.



Okla.St. defeats Bosie State in Stillwater, OK. AP wire photo



Big Twelve Ranking

  1. Oklahoma

  2. West Virginia

  3. TCU

  4. Oklahoma State

  5. Iowa State

  6. Texas

  7. Kansas State

  8. Texas Tech

  9. Baylor

  10. Kansas

Alabama defensive back Xavier McKinney (15) is congratulated by teammates after returning an interception 30 yards for a touchdown during the second half of their NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, in Oxford, Miss. Alabama won 62-7.(AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis) AP (Rogelio V. Solis)


Fred’s Top Twenty-five
  1. Alabama
  2. Oklahoma
  3. Georgia
  4. Ohio State
  5. Clemson
  6. West Virginia
  7. LSU
  8. Stanford
  9. Auburn
  10. Virginia Tech
  11. Oklahoma State
  12. Univ. of Central Florida
  13. Notre Dame
  14. TCU
  15. Washington
  16. Mississippi State
  17. Wisconsin
  18. Miami, Fla
  19. Michigan
  20. Oregon
  21. aTm
  22. Boston College
  23. Duke
  24. Kentucky
  25. South Florida


Feature photo:  AP  Parnell Motley intercepts Iowa State to end the game

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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.

4 Responses to “Big Twelve recap and ranking; New National Top 25”

  1. September 17, 2018 at 10:52 am

    Why are you ranking OSU 11th and TCU 14th in the National standings when you have TCU rated above OSU in the Big 12 ranking?

    • September 17, 2018 at 1:35 pm

      because TCU has a loss and OSU does not at the current time. I think TCU is a little better but the loss puts them behind OSU in a National Poll….in the Big 12, TCU and OSU are both 0=0. And it is my poll and as with any poll, it is all opinion and is all subjective. Thank you for reading and remarking to my blog. Please comment more. I appreciate it.

  2. September 17, 2018 at 4:35 pm

    What is happening with Iowa State? Are they capable of winning 10 or 11 games this season? After last season’s success I expected the Cyclones to contend for a higher ranking in the Big 12 this season.

    • September 17, 2018 at 6:06 pm

      what happened to them? Nothing. They did not get that first game in before going to Iowa City to play the Hawkeyes……first game on the road against another good team, a rival game…..with a very good defense…not unexpected loss. Then home against an upset OU team, top five in the country, looking for revenge….and actually they played well. ISU will be alright. They have one of the best coaches, and play hard.

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