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Sooners/Mountaineers prediction; Weekly rankings; Upsets: Ohio State/Michigan and Washington State/Washington

OU/West Virginia winner will score 63 and the loser 56

Friday night the Big Twelve shootout happens when the Oklahoma Sooners travel to Morgantown to test the West Virginia Mountaineers. Most all expect a high scoring affair as OU brings into the game the best player in the country in Kyler Murray and a fantastic offense while West Virginia’s potent offense headed by Will Grier and crew get to play host to the awful defense of the Sooners.  Two things to think about. One, the weather. It will be a very cold night, and that could help the team that keeps turnovers down and can run the ball (if it is wet). Both teams will have much success on the ground but with the Sooners down to one running back and Murray, that would be a concern.  As for West Virginia, expect great yardage and gapping wholes in a Sooner line that might be without Neville Gallimore, it’s best defensive lineman.  Quick scoring early will set the tone and the team that gets hot might run the other off the field here.  Yes Sooner fans, West Virginia could do just that.  If turnovers are equal, this one might end with the team that does not punt and scores touchdowns and not field goals. Yes, anything could happen Friday in Milan Puskar.

 

Final Score:  Murray is better than Grier. Oklahoma 63, West Virginia 56

 

Big Twelve Games:

Oklahoma State 34 at TCU 28-I like OSU here as they have more punch on offense that the Toads.  OSU’s mental outlook should be good but TCU is playing for a bowl game which is a positive for them.  Still, the Pokes have the better offensive stars and will get their points.

 

Texas should beat Kansas in Lawrence but if the upset happens I would not be surprised.  The last game for head coach David Beatty will be emotional for KU and Texas will come into this one with a very swollen head.  The Jayhawks are potent on offense.  Final:  Texas 34 at Kansas 21

 

Baylor at Texas Tech-Last game for head coach Kliff Kingsbury?  Might be. Baylor is a well coached team and the Red Raiders are susceptible here.  Again, quarterback play for Tech is a key.  Final:  Texas Tech 48 and Baylor 35

 

Iowa State will get back on the winning track with a home game with Kansas State.  Cyclones are the tougher team and also have the talent to win in a close game.  Final:  Iowa State 24 and Kansas State 17

 

Last Week:  1-4    Season  43-26

 

Big Twelve Rankings

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

 

Top Twenty-five

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

 

 

 

Weekly predictions

 

Thursday, Nov. 22

 

Mississippi State 43 at Ole Miss 24

 

Friday, Nov. 23

 

Iowa 32 and Nebraska 31
Memphis 38 and Houston 32
Virginia Tech 32 and Virginia 19
Cincinnati 42 and East Carolina 29
Oregon 31 at Oregon State 14
UCF 38 at South Florida 19
Washington 27 at Washington State 25

 

Saturday, Nov. 24

 

Georgia 28 and Georgia Tech19
Ohio State 31 and Michigan 28
Boston College 38 and Syracuse 31
Florida 28 at Florida State 18
North Carolina State 41 and North Carolina 17
Duke 21 and Wake Forest 20
Stanford 29 and UCLA 21
Wisconsin 28 and Minnesota 14′
Arizona 50 and Arizona State 38
Miami (Fla) 32 and Pittsburgh 29
Northwestern 48 and Illinois 10
Maryland 28 at Penn State 27
Alabama 34 and Auburn 14
Michigan State 38 and Rutgers 7
Clemson 21 and South Carolina 13
California 29 and Colorado 10
Kentucky 30 and Louisville 7
Fresno State 50 and San Jose State 15
Texas Aggies 21 and LSU 9
Notre Dame 38 and USC 28
Utah 39 and BYU 19
Utah State 41 and Boise State 29

 

Feature Photo:  Topbet.eu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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About Fred Pahlke

Fred Pahlke, an Oklahoma native has viewed over 10,000 sporting events in his 64 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. Fredsportsextra has recorded 101, 410 article views in its first ten months, from August 2015 through May 2016.

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