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Sooners and Alabama would be a classic match-up; Clemson and Tide would be too…Big Twelve review/Top 25






Alabama beats LSU in Baton Rouge Saturday…Photo credit: The Advocate



As the Alabama football team shut-out (29-0) a very lame LSU Saturday night on the road in Death Valley, Nick Saban should be happy that his Tide’s domination showed the college football world that they are better than just outstanding.  But as with every team, you are one week from going from the top to just one of the top teams.  Alabama has not been challenged this season and with three regular season games and the SEC title game to follow, this high powered team will have a couple of games where they could slip up.  Mississippi State next week in Tuscaloosa will be a game for a quarter or two. Following that game is a no-contest game with The Citadel, also at home. That game should have never been scheduled, let alone played.  And Coach Saban wonders why the stands at Bryant-Denney are not always full.  That game is an embarrassment to the Tide, the SEC, and Alabama.  A final home contest with Auburn will be a an opportunity for an upset and rival games are usually any-thing-can-happen tussles.   The SEC title game with Georgia will be a real test for Alabama, but with the way the Final Four teams are picked for the playoffs, a win by Georgia would put both schools in that elite group.  Notre Dame, Clemson, and Michigan need to worry if they go undefeated from here on out as one of these three will miss the big semi-final games.  Look for Michigan to be the team out. What a shame the playoffs are limited to four teams.



Predictions for the Final Four after the season is complete and the conference title games have been played:


#1 Alabama vs #4 Michigan


# 2 Clemson vs #3 Notre Dame


#5 Oklahoma out
#6 Georgia out
#7 Washington State out
#8 Univ. of Central Florida out



My Top Twenty-five (rankings do not reflect the committee’s rankings for the playoffs)
  1. Alabama
  2. Clemson
  3. Notre Dame
  4. Oklahoma
  5. Michigan
  6. Georgia
  7. West Virginia
  8. Washington State
  9. Ohio State
  10. Univ. of Central Florida
  11. LSU
  12. Syracuse
  13. Kentucky
  14. Utah State
  15. Fresno State
  16. Boston College
  17. Cincinnati
  18. Iowa State
  19. Michigan State
  20. North Carolina State
  21. Washington
  22. Mississippi State
  23. Texas
  24. Florida
  25. Army



Big Twelve Review


Oklahoma lucked out with their win in Lubbock.  The hot shot freshman quarterback Alan Bowman suffered a relapse of his collapsed lung of a previous game and did not play he second half of that game. OU’s and Tech’s defense could not stop the other’s offense and the game was still a nail-biter.  With Bowman, Tech might have pulled the upset. Now that is might.  Kyler Murray again proved the man as he passed for over 300 yards and ran for another 100. That had never been accomplished in OU history.  The Sooners continue to march to their two game set with West Virginia. That you Big Twelve for that double dip. The Big Twelve is run by imbeciles in my opinion.



Mike Gundy gave away the Baylor game with a poor fourth and three attempt late in the game, setting up a final Baylor drive to win in the last ten seconds. The play was not sound, the execution by “Corndog” Cornelius was awful, and the Pokes might be left out of a bowl because of the loss.  Congratulations Baylor.


Time for Coach Bill Snyder to hang’em up. The KSU loss at TCU looked bad as both teams are not good right now.



West Virginia and Texas played the game of the year in Austin.  UT is NOT back and give all the credit to Mountaineer head coach Dana Holgorsen as he had his team ready to meet the challenge.  Horn’s Down officials.  That officiating team did the worst job I have seen in my past memory.  You all need to be fired, immediately.


Iowa State beat Kansas and with that KU fired head coach David Beatty.  It was expected and Beatty will finish the year.



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


Big Twelve Predictions  (Last week 3-2, Season 39-20)


Oklahoma will score plenty at home in Bedlam.  Look for  the Sooners to push 60, maybe 70 points.  Final:  OU 66 and OSU 31


West Virginia will rip TCU in Morgantown.  WV 38 and TCU 13


Kansas will upset Kansas State in the Little Apple.  KU 23 and KSU 21


Iowa State continues to roll with Baylor  ISU 38 and Baylor 17


Texas travels to Lubbock and the Horns lose their third in a row.  TT 31 and UT 30




National Predictions


Thursday, Nov. 8
North Carolina State 31 and Wake Forest 19


Friday, Nov. 9
Syracuse 49 and Louisville 18
Fresno State 37 at Boise State 28



Saturday, Nov. 10
Nebraska 38 and Illinois 17
Army 39 and Lafayette 14
Maryland 34 at Indiana 28
Univ. Central Florida 46 and Navy 13
Michigan State 24 and Ohio State 18
Texas Aggies 37 and Ole Miss 27
Florida 21 and South Carolina 18
Memphis 50 and Tulsa 32
Missouri 43 and Vanderbilt 29
Wisconsin 20 and Penn State 10
Duke 27 and North Carolina 14
Arizona State 39 and UCLA 20
Michigan 50 at Rutgers 6
Kentucky 24 at Tennessee 20
Alabama 35 and Mississippi State 14
Iowa 21 and Northwestern 18
Purdue 45 at Minnesota 19
Virginia Tech 21 at Pittsburgh 16
Washington State 34 at Colorado 29
Utah 28 and Oregon 14
Georgia 27 and Auburn 24
South Florida 21 and Cincinnati 20
Notre Dame 45 and Florida State 21
Arkansas 23 and LSU 21
Clemson 42 and Boston College 7
Stanford 25 and Oregon State 12
USC 27 and California 26

Feature photo:  Oklahoma running back Trey Sermon eludes a tackle by a Texas Tech defender during Saturday night’s game in Lubbock, Texas. Sermon rushed for 206 yards and averaged 7.9 yards per touch in the Sooners’ win over the Red Raiders. IAN MAULE/Tulsa World








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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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