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Best in Big Twelve? Oklahoma…..Best in the country?… Weekly predictions…Auburn or Florida?

Oklahoma defensive back Brendan Radley-Hiles tackles Texas Tech running back Armand Shyne on Saturday. The Red Raiders were only 1-of-14 on third-down conversions against the OU defense. IAN MAULE/Tulsa World

Oklahoma is the best team in the Big Twelve Conference currently.  But I have Ohio State as the best team in the country going into this weeks games.  Both OU and the Buckeyes are playing great football and have showed that even with the big three of LSU, Alabama, and Georgia in the SEC, and the defending national champ Clemson in the ACC, those two are going to be a player for the four spots in the Playoffs of 2019.    After all is said and done, my Final Four prediction on Tuesday, Oct 1, 2019 is as follows:


Ohio State vs Alabama and Oklahoma vs LSU with the winners in the title game in New Orleans a week later.  On the outside looking in are Georgia and Clemson.  The others still with hopes are Auburn, Penn State and Wisconsin.


From last weeks games in the Big Twelve, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and Baylor were impressive winners.  TCU, as expected blasted KU.

Mike Gundy after Oklahoma State’s football game vs. No. 24 Kansas State in Stillwater, Oklahoma at Boone Pickens Stadium, on September 28, 2019. Devin Lawrence Wilber


Games of the week in the Big Twelve- (last week 4-0; 29-7 for the year):


OU 66 at Kansas 20-the Sooners will not slack up with Texas upcoming in a week.  Sooners can name the score and Kansas cannot do anything about it.


OSU 55 at Texas Tech 24-the Pokes will push the Red Raiders around in Lubbock.  Look for Cubba Hubbard to go over 200 yards again and Spencer Sanders having another positive start at quarterback.


Iowa State 24 and TCU 20-finally a good win for the Cyclones.  It will be close but neither team has much of an advantage on the other.  Quarterback Purdy has been a disappointment and this game will put him back on track.


Baylor 27 at Kansas State 24-the Bears continue to win and KSU finds another loss in the Little Apple.


Texas 34 at West Virginia 24-the Horns should win but this one could be a close game and a possible upset for the Mountaineers. That would not surprise me.


Baylor Quarterback Charlie Brewer passes against the Iowa State Cyclones in Waco, Texas. Staff Photo: Waco Tribune-Herald by Rod Aydelotte


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


My personal Top 25


1, Ohio State
2. Alabama
3. Oklahoma
4. LSU
5. Clemson
6. Auburn
7. Georgia
8. Penn State
9. Wisconsin
10. Florida
11. Texas
12, Oklahoma State
13. Notre Dame
14. Boise State
15. Washington
16. Oregon
17. SMU
18. Wake Forest
19, Baylor
20. Utah
21. Michigan State
22, Texas A&M
23. Memphis
24. Central Florida
25. Michigan
Select National Game Predictions:


Friday, Oct. 4


UCF 35 at Cincinnati 19


Saturday, Oct. 5


Iowa 27 at Michigan 20
Wisconsin 62 and Kent State 0
Penn State 45 and Purdue 17
Army 17 and Tulane 14
LSU 38 and Utah 9
Miami Fla 28 and Virginia Tech 17
Auburn 20 at Florida 17
Georgia 46 at Tennessee 10
Ohio State 35 and Michigan State 13
SMU 28 and Tulsa 21
Oregon 31 and California 28
UCLA 57 and Oregon State 28
Boise State 52 and UNLV 14
Washington 34 at Stanford 21

Feature photo: Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts jumps over Texas Tech defensive back Thomas Leggett during the second quarter at Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. (Photo: Kevin Jairaj, USA TODAY Sports)

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 “Best in Big Twelve? Oklahoma…..Best in the country?… Weekly predictions…Auburn or Florida?”

  1. Dean Reed
    October 1, 2019 at 10:08 pm

    I believe your prediction for this week are right on target Fred!

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