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My first Final Four has………………….Big Twelve coverage and predictions…….

OU and TCU Saturday in Fort Worth Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images

Sooners just too much for Frogs; Pokes  focus on Texas to regroup


It was business as usual for the Oklahoma Sooners offensive machine as they pounded TCU 52-27 in Fort Worth.  Kyler Murray continued to impress the country in his pursuit to attain the Heisman Trophy.  Murray is the best football player in the country in my opinion.  The kid from Alabama is second. Both have significant games to build their season’s resume in which the voters will make their choice later in the season.  Once Alabama is tested in a close game we will see how Tua Tagovailoa does in crunch time.  It is a two horse race currently.


Texas Tech destroyed Kansas in Lubbock as the Red Raiders continue to stay in the race for the Big Twelve title game.  This team is no longer a pushover.


Big Twelve Rankings

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


This week in the Big Twelve  (last week 2-0;  season 33-16)


Thursday, Oct 25


West Virginia 34 and Baylor 28-Look for a close game with the home team pulling it out.  Baylor has improved enough this season that the Bears can hold up against the better teams of the conference.


Saturday, Oct 27


Iowa State 27 and Texas Tech 23-This will be a close game as both teams are on the upswing currently.  My prediction is based on the fact that the game is in Ames. When it is as close as this, I will usually take the home field as the final advantage.  This one will be the game of the day in the Big Twelve.


TCU 30 at Kansas 17-Losing their starting quarterback for the year is never good but he had been replaced in the OU loss.  TCU is just better.


Oklahoma 41 and Kansas State 27-If Coach Snyder can get his offense to dominate the line of scrimmage we could have another Army situation for OU.  An upset loss could happen with Wildcat ball control and Sooner turnovers.  Could be a great game or if OU is hot off the bat, a big time blowout.



Texas 34 at Okla. State 17-Sam Ehlinger will not play and that is not good for the Horns.  Mike Gundy continues to go with what brought them to a 4-3 season and do not expect that to change.  OSU could pull the upset if they could get some solid play on both sides of the all but I do not expect it.  Horns continue to thrive.


Fred’s Top Twenty-five

  1. Alabama
  2. Notre Dame
  3. Clemson
  4. LSU
  5. Texas
  6. Oklahoma
  7. Georgia
  8. Michigan
  9. Univ. of Central Florida
  10. Washington State
  11. Florida
  12. Kentucky
  13. West Virginia
  14. Ohio State
  15. Iowa
  16. Washington
  17. Wisconsin
  18. Penn State
  19. Texas Tech
  20. Texas A&M
  21. Mississippi State
  22. Utah
  23. Oregon
  24. South Florida
  25. North Carolina State


My Final Four as of this week:


Alabama vs Notre Dame


Clemson vs Michigan


Final:  Alabama vs Michigan


National Predictions



Thursday, Oct 25


Virginia Tech 39 and Georgia Tech 26

Appalachian State 44 at Georgia State 29


Friday, Oct 26


Boston College 28 and Miami (Fla) 21

Utah 50 at UCLA 24


Saturday, Oct 27


Wisconsin 27 at Northwestern 14

Purdue 30 at Michigan State 24

Clemson 26 at Florida State 13

Colorado 47 and Oregon State 17

USC 35 and Arizona State 20

BYU 24 and Northern Ill. 19

Georgia 22 and Florida 21

Duke 27 at Pittsburgh 10

Penn State 19 and Iowa 18

Cincinnati  45 at SMU 28

Houston 31 and South Florida 23

Missouri 43 and Kentucky 38

California 32 and Washington 27

Washington State 37 at Stanford 24

Mississippi State 20 and aTm 17

Syracuse 31 and North Carolina State 28

Air Force 27 and Boise State 25

Tennessee 20 at South Carolina 18

Notre Dame 28 at Navy 0

Oregon 34 at Arizona 17


Feature Photo: Kennedy Brooks runs over TCU (Photo: Dallas Morning News)


Photo: Louis DeLuca, Dallas Morning News

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.

3 Responses to “My first Final Four has………………….Big Twelve coverage and predictions…….”

  1. Terry Mason
    October 24, 2018 at 12:18 am

    First time I have ever disagreed with you but Tua is the better QB! Although their stats are almost identical – imagine what Tua’s stats would be if Saban left his first team in the game for all 4 quarters! Yeah I know Alabama’s schedule isn’t that strong but OU’s isn’t either as the Big 12 is relatively weak this year. Bama has LSU coming up so let’s see what happens. Keep up the good work. 🙂

    • October 24, 2018 at 4:00 pm

      as I said, once Bama plays a team that can compete and Tua is put in game situations where he has to perform under some pressure I will hold out on him this year. If I had a vote, Murray is the better athlete. If Bama beats LSU with a great offensive performance and Tua is the man, yes, I would think he has the Heisman locked up. When you play a schedule that only two or three teams a year can even play you close does not impress me. As weak as the Big Twelve might be, Bama’s schedule is offensive to others in the college football world. And it has nothing to do with Bama the great team they are. How boring it must be to go out on almost every Saturday knowing that your individual play WILL NOT effect the winning or LOSING of the game as your opponent is pretty much a shit hole team. And again, until the SEC stops playing shit non-conference teams and the league allows the best teams to avoid teams that could give the other top teams a test, I have no respect for that conference. But I do not blame the players of the league…only the higher ups.

      • October 24, 2018 at 4:03 pm

        and I forgot, thanks for reading my blog and for the comment…..always welcomed….

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