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Big Twelve review; Top Twenty-five; Mike Stoops out at OU; What Soones lack on defense

As the Big Twelve ramps into mid-season form, Texas beat Oklahoma in the Red River Shootout, West Virginia continued to remain undefeated, and Alabama stays atop of my National rankings after another win in the SEC, over Arkansas.


Big Twelve Recap:


Texas won 48-45 and OU fires their defensive coordinator Mike Stoops. Yet Oklahoma outgained UT Saturday in the Cotton Bowl.  Texas is back for many, but I say hold your cattle herd until the season is over.  Texas might be back, and they might not be back.  As for Oklahoma, Ruffin McNeil will take the place of Stoops and that spells more of the same for the defense in Norman.  OU will have to win out, as of last year, to meet their goals of winning the conference.  Right now, with that defense, I do not think it will happen. OU has one of the most pitiful defensive teams, not only in the conference, but in the country, statistically speaking.  Bright points with OU is that they never quit Saturday, coming back from a three touchdown margin to tie the score at 45-45.  Again, when they tried to stop UT on that last drive, they could not.



What is Oklahoma’s problem on defense?  Yes, they cannot stop anybody.  That is a fact.


The players being recruited and signed for the Big Red are mostly wanted by all the major powers, on offense.  Not as abundant on defense and OU continues to bring in players that, for the most part, do not have that football mentality to actually put a whopping on the teams they play.  Yes, they will get a five star like they have currently starting as a freshman this year, Bookie Radley-Hiles, but the kid is small for the position. The kid is tough and is not a furious and ferocious hitter on every play.  He can “bounce off” his opponents when tackling.
Remember when Lou Holtz took over at Notre Dame after they fired the high school coach that was just terrible as a college head coach. Holtz told everyone that the Irish would stop signing players that were student/athletes, and start signing “football players” that would not shy away from the game, from hurting people (legally).  Holtz  would have a team that would not backdown to nobody.  It took a short time and Holtz transformed a weak Irish football team to one that would and did rival the Miami Hurricane.  His Irish were in fact tougher and meaner than Miami when they played. “Convicts (Miami) vs Catholics (Notre Dame)”, was actually “Convicts vs Irish thugs” and the “Irish thugs beat the Hurricane down in the only way possible, by being the tougher of the two teams.  Holtz recruited MEN that were on this side of the prison wall.  It lasted long enough for the Irish to win a National Title.  Holtz’s tenure got old, the Irish administration said enough, and they fired sweat Lou.  Notre Dame has not won another National Title since, now extending the past 30 years.
Sooners,  want to win another title (last one 18 years ago)?  How about getting some defense players that are football guys first, students second.  Bet you can find them and get these kind of recruits to sign.  Find the meanest and toughest men you can find, recruit them, get them on campus, let them get after it.  No women beaters I will say.  But guys that do not back down.  Recruiters can filter out these sorts of kids.  They are usually kids that are dominating on the field and follow the game as a way to the NFL and expect to make it and do not live in a fantasy world.  The Rod Shoate’s, Brian Bosworth’s, Braddon Everage’s can be found.   Get them to anchor the defense.  Currently OU has defensive players that will hit and bounce off of the opponents ball carrier.  OU;s defense is soft, small, and just does not have the type of player that can get the job done.  Fact of the matter, if you can not stop the other offenses of the Big Twelve,  do not expect a “Natty”.  Make sure those schools know they have been in a war and not a little girls paper doll activity, when thy play you.  Does anyone think Alabama’s defense, Auburn’s defense, or other toughies  in the SEC are soft? Heck no.  But Oklahoma?  Hell yes. OU is.


Oklahoma State is now 4-2 with their loss at home with Iowa State.  Watching that game, OSU’s pass defense was horrible, allowing the Cyclone receivers to run wide open for most of the afternoon.  That tells me that the Pokes have problems not only on offense (pass protection and run blocking)  but in pass defense.  Look for more losses to come this year.  As for Iowa State, they had to win this one and they performed well with a rookie quarterback with no experience.  Iowa State will upset someone this year. West Virginia and Texas, look out.


West Virginia’s 38-22 win over Kansas was expected.


Baylor scored a nice victory at home over Kansas State 37-34.  I expected that win for the Bears and BU continues to improve.



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



Alabama beats Arkansas Saturday Photo: TheStar.com


Fred’s Top Twenty-five
  1. Alabama
  2. Ohio State
  3. Notre Dame
  4. Georgia
  5. Clemson
  6. West Virginia
  7. University of Central Florida
  8. Washington
  9. Texas
  10. Oklahoma
  11. Penn State
  12. North Carolina State
  13. Colorado
  14. Florida
  15. LSU
  16. Michigan
  17. Kentucky
  18. Wisconsin
  19. Oregon
  20. Miami (Fla)
  21. Army
  22. Auburn
  23. Texas Aggies
  24. South Florida
  25. TCU


Big Twelve predictions for the week: (last week 2-2; season 29-14)


West Virginia should take Iowa State apart in Ames.  The boys from Morgantown 38 and the Birds 17.


Kansas State 38 and Oklahoma State 24-The Wildcats will fine holes in the Poke defense and OSU will turn it over a few times. For OSU to win, run the ball if you can.


Texas 34 and Baylor 25-If there is an upset in the conference it will happen in Austin. Baylor has the fire power to score and UT is back.  We shall see.  Texas folks, Baylor is much better than Tulsa so be ready.


TCU 43 and Texas Tech 21-With the hotshot qb out for this game for Tech, the Toads romp here.  If the hotshot plays, Tech might keep pace, for a while.  Could get out of control as Gary Patterson would like to run it up on the Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury.



National Predictions


Friday, Oct. 12
South Florida 37 at Tulsa 20
Saturday, Oct 13


Ohio State 45 and Minnesota 19


Auburn 30 and Tennessee 12


Vanderbilt 17 and Florida 16


Georgia Tech 29 and Duke 26


Boston College 31 and Louisville 28


Notre Dame 38 and Pittsburgh 17


aTm 23 at South Carolina 20


Oregon 32 and Washington 27


Penn State 20 and Michigan State 13


Georgia 24 at LSU 16


Central Florida 48 at Memphis 37


Virginia Tech 38 at North Carolina 21


Virginia 28 and Miami (Fla) 21


California 46 and UCLA 24


Alabama 47 and Missouri 23


Michigan 20 and Wisconsin 16


BYU 42 and Hawaii 38


Colorado 27 at USC 24


Utah 28 and Arizona 18


Indiana 24 and Iowa 20


Maryland 54 and Rutgers 19


Northwestern 37 and Nebraska 20


Army 45 at San Jose State 19


Illinois 24 and Purdue 21


Feature photo:  Freshman defensive back Bookie Radley-Hiles runs through the tunnel before the Red River Showdown in the Cotton Bowl Oct. 6. 














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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