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Hurts in Heisman race; Tide and Tigers hold serve; OU leads Big Twelve; LSU/Texas highlight predictions…Horns Up?

Not a lot of surprises after the first full week of the college football season.  The top teams won, the best players had great stat filled performances, and Clemson and Alabama continue to be the gold standard of the game.  Jalen Hurts debut as the Oklahoma quarterback give rise to a possible third straight Heisman Trophy for the Sooners as his six touchdowns (3 passes, 3 rushes) along with over 300 passing yards and 150 rushing yards had never been accomplished by a Sooner in their history.  Oklahoma State broke in a red-shirt freshman at quarterback, Spencer Sanders.  He was excellent in their win in Corvallis over the Beavers of Oregon State.   All the Big Twelve teams won with Kansas and West Virginia not as impressively as they had wanted.  Nationally, North Carolina’s Mack Brown showed why he is a great head coach as the Heel’s beat South Carolina.  The newly transferred quarterbacks were winners (except for the fellow at Missouri) with Josh Fields of The Ohio State Buckeyes the best of the group not named Jalen Hurts.  All in all, a good week of college football.


Oklahoma State quarterback Spencer Sanders goes against Oregon State Saturday in game action. Photo: Craig Michelledryer

My personal Top 25


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

Alabama beats Duke Saturday Photo: T.G. Paschal/BamaCentral

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


Heisman Ranking
  1.   Jalen Hurts  OU
  2.   Tua Tagovailoa  Bama
  3.   Travis Etienne  Clemson
  4.   Trevor Lawrence  Clemson
  5.   Justin Fields  Ohio State



Jalen Hurts Saturday against Houston in Norman, OK. Photo found at: https://flipboard.com/topic/oklahomasooners

Final Four


Alabama, Clemson, Michigan, Oklahoma

Big Twelve Predictions for the week:


Saturday, September 7
Missouri vs. West Virginia   
11:00 a.m.  (Go with Missouri in this one.  It will be close but the Tigers escape Morgantown 32 to 29)



Bowling Green at Kansas State
11:00 a.m.  (KSU is a Power Five and they should play enough defense to beat the MAC foe.  Wildcats 24 and the Falcons 17)
UTSA at Baylor
3:00 p.m.  (The Bears continue to win big and they do this week in Waco. Baylor 53 and UTSA 18)


South Dakota at Oklahoma
6:00 p.m.  (Sooners run it up here.  OU 79 and SD 13)


Coastal Carolina at Kansas
6:00 p.m.  (KU better win this one. They should. Jayhawks 31 and CC 23)


Big 12 Now on ESPN+
McNeese at Oklahoma State
6:00 p.m.  (Pokes win big. OSU 56 and the McNeese Pokes 14)


Big 12 Now on ESPN+
LSU at Texas
6:30 p.m.  (Texas will be blazing Tony the Tiger in Austin.  Horns 23 and LSU 20)



UTEP at Texas Tech
7:00 p.m.  (Another big blowout for the Red Raiders.  Tech 62 and Miners 21)


Last week’s Big Twelve predictions: 10-0


Significant National Games:
Syracuse 31 at Maryland 20
Stanford 28 at USC 14
Colorado 26 and Nebraska 25
Miami Fla 24 and North Carolina 21
North Texas 43 at SMU 28
Tulsa 30 at San Jose State 23
San Diego State 28 and UCLA 24
Vanderbilt 22 at Purdue 18
BYU 47 at Tennessee 24
Ole MIss 37 and Arkansas 24
Last week’s  Big Twelve predictions:  10-0
Clemson 34 and aTm 18
Michigan 28 and Army 10
Washington 39 and California 19

Feature photo: Houston Cougars running back Kyle Porter (22) is tackled by Oklahoma Sooners defenders during the second quarter of an NCAA game at Gaylord Memorial Stadium Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019, in Norman, Oklahoma. Photo: Godofredo A Vásquez




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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