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Big Twelve and National recap; Rankings; Final Four; This week’s predictions…. Irish, ‘Orange Upset? .……

Sooners Win as Mike Gundy goes for two…..Pokes fall short

Oklahoma running back Trey Sermon (4) runs ahead of Oklahoma State linebacker Calvin Bundage (1) in the first quarter of an NCAA college football game in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)

Mike Gundy had his Oklahoma State Cowboys in a position where he wanted them to be. One play from taking a lead with a little more than one minute to play in Bedlam on the road in Norman, OK.  Taylor Cornelius, who had a fantastic game of 500 yards of passing against the Oklahoma Sooners on the day, rolled to his right and tried to connect with his primary wide receiver Tylan Wallace as he raced to get open in the end zone.  Cornelius’s throw, a little low and behind Wallace, fell incomplete as he Sooners had the play covered even on a great throw.  Sure, Wallace might have come up with it on a perfect pass but it was not to be and OU held on to win the thriller 48-47.  Give Coach Gundy credit for taking the opportunity to win in regulation, and anyone that wants to jump on this coach is just plum crazy.  As bad as Oklahoma played on defense Saturday, the Big Red came up strong on that play and held the day.


What we learned about Oklahoma Saturday was actually nothing we had not already known.  The Sooner defense is pure crap.  But they did make that final play did they not?  Weak against the run (as demonstrated by a below average Poke offensive line that pushed them over play after running play) OU has personnel and alignment issues that have not improved with the firing of defensive coordinator Mike Stoops.  Even worse on pass defense, letting Cornelius have a career day, OU has a couple of young defenders that could be good in time, but for now, do not seem to have a clue on what to do play after play.  As you know, “Corndog” is not a great quarterback,  but on this Saturday he made the throws needed, except that final two-point conversion toss.  The case is closed on this Sooner defense for 2018, unless hell freezes over.  As it goes, it is what it is and it is not good.


For OU to win their final games (after Kansas), they will just have to outscore their opponents in probable “shootout” contests. With the firepower of “General Patton’s” armored division, that is something that could be accomplished.  OU has the best offense in the country, and you can argue with me if you wish.  But with the best player in the country with Kyler Murray (another argument) under center, the Sooner offense is a bitch to stop.


Is OU a better team than Alabama or Clemson, or even Notre Dame or Michigan?  To win a game with the Sooners, a team has to match them point for point.  Sure the best teams might just roll up 50 or more points on OU. But OU can also get their 50.  The factor that cannot be figured in the equation  is unforced errors, including turnovers and penalties.  Throw in drops by the pass catchers, and missed opportunities in the kicking game and nothing is for sure  Better teams (opinion) and favorite teams get beat all the time.  That is why, as the saying goes, “we play the game”. 
Alabama against Michigan or Notre Dame or Alabama against Oklahoma?  You tell me what Nick Saban’s choice of an opponent in a National semi-final would he rather have?  What game would be more exciting and more interesting?


As for Oklahoma State, they must beat either West Virginia at home or TCU in Fort Worth to make a bowl this season. If they play like they did Saturday, that can happen.  West Virginia will be ready this Saturday and will not overlook the Pokes.  But a win by Oklahoma State in Stillwater is a possibility.  West Virginia is beatable as they found out in Ames.



Wallace scores OSU final touchdown Saturday. (AP)


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



This weeks Big Twelve Predictions  (last week 3-2,  season 42-22)


Oklahoma 71 and Kansas 21


West Virginia 48 at Oklahoma State 38


Baylor 27 and TCU 26


Texas Tech 31 at Kansas State 27


Iowa State 34 at Texas 24



Fred’s Top Twenty-five
  1. Alabama
  2. Clemson
  3. Notre Dame
  4. Oklahoma
  5. West Virginia
  6. Georgia
  7. Ohio State
  8. Michigan
  9. Washington State
  10. Univ. of Central Florida
  11. Iowa State
  12. LSU
  13. Texas
  14. Utah State
  15. Army
  16. Cincinnati
  17. Penn State
  18. Washington
  19. Florida
  20. Northwestern
  21. Kentucky
  22. Boise State
  23. Syracuse
  24. Texas Tech
  25. Univ. Alabama Birmingham



Final Four Predictions


Alabama vs Oklahoma


Clemson vs Notre Dame


Championship game:  Alabama vs Notre Dame



Weekly predictions


Thursday, Nov. 15


Houston 32 and Tulane 29


Friday, Nov 16


Boise State 48 at New Mexico 14


Saturday, Nov. 17


Alabama 50 and The Citadel 0
Mississippi State 35 and Arkansas 14
Northwestern 37 at Minnesota 28
Ohio State 34 at Maryland 16
Michigan State 23 at Nebraska 21
Kentucky 39 and Middle Tennessee 13
Penn State 28 at Rutgers 14
Temple 27 and South Florida 20
North Carolina State 43 at Louisville 21
Utah 24 at Colorado17
Utah State 57 at Colorado State 10
Syracuse 31 at Notre Dame 23
Iowa 32 at Illinois 29
Boston College 29 at Florida State 14
USC 31 at UCLA 19
Georgia Tech 31 and Virginia 21
Purdue 28 and Wisconsin 14
Miami Fla 20 and Virginia Tech 19
Georgia 50 and UMass 0
Michigan 40 and Indiana 7
Auburn 30 and Liberty 12
Washington 26 and Oregon State 7
UAB 24 and Texas Aggies 23
South Carolina 27 and Chattanooga 9
LSU 30 and Rice 0
California 28 and Stanford 25
UCF 48 and Cincinnati 30
BYU 42 and New Mexico State 21
Washington State 38 and Arizona 27
Fresno State 35 and San Diego State 31


Feature Photo:  Oklahoma running back Trey Sermon (4) scramble to escape a tackle by Oklahoma State linebacker Calvin Bundage (1) in the first quarter of an NCAA college football game in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)




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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.

2 Responses to “Big Twelve and National recap; Rankings; Final Four; This week’s predictions…. Irish, ‘Orange Upset? .……”

  1. Jerseycy
    November 13, 2018 at 10:40 am

    Thanks for the nod toward the Cyclones. Hope you are right.

    • November 13, 2018 at 10:54 am

      The ISU football program is doing it right with a fresh head coach and a solid base, fans, school, and staff. How can you be against them even if they are not the team that you have followed as “your” team.

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