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Sooners, Buckeyes, Crimson Tide, and Tigers (which ones) are headed for Final Four; Top 25 and predictions for this weekend….

Oklahoma State’s Cameron Murray (92) sacks Baylor’s Charlie Brewer (12) in the first quarter during the college football game between Oklahoma State University and Baylor at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]



You can put Oklahoma, Ohio State, Alabama, and LSU in my Final Four.  The first one out is Clemson, even though they will be unbeaten at the end of the season.  That team from the ACC is not as good as last year’s title team, and the competition they will play in that league is suspect at best.  Two SEC teams, a Big Ten, and a Big Twelve team will play for it all this year.  Any of the four can win it.  And as upsets will happen, those four are the ones that will play for the mythical national championship.


Alabama vs Tennessee on Oct 19, 2019. Photo: Knoxville News.


My Top Twenty-five

  1.   Oklahoma
  2.   Ohio State
  3.   Alabama
  4.   LSU
  5.   Clemson
  6.   Baylor
  7.   Penn State
  8.   Florida
  9.   Notre Dame
  10.   Minnesota
  11.   Georgia
  12.   Wisconsin
  13.   Oregon
  14.   Utah
  15.   Auburn
  16.   Appalachian State
  17.   Iowa State
  18.   Cincinnati
  19.   Iowa
  20.   Michigan
  21.   USC
  22.   Texas
  23.   Memphis
  24.   Kansas State
  25.   Boise State


Big Twelve rankings


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



Recap for the Big Twelve



Oklahoma, as expected routed West Virginia.  Jalen Hurts was Heisman again for OU.  The defense held the Mountaineers down to limited yardage.


Baylor was better than Okla. State and took control in the fourth quarter.  The Bears offense used the big play and Brewer and his outfit are fast and talented.  They will give OU and UT all they want in Waco in a few weeks.


Iowa State continues to improve with their win over Tech.


Kansas State does the same with a victory over TCU


Kansas almost pulled the upset against Texas. The Horns have the worst defense in the league. That includes KU.




This week in the Big Twelve


Oklahoma travels to the Little Apple for a roster kickoff with K-State.  I could see this game go only one way.  Sooners win 56 to 20.




Iowa State continues to win, beating the Pokes 38 to 27.  OSU will turn it over too much again, for the third straight week.



TCU will scratch Texas in Fort Worth.  Look for the Frogs in a 32 to 29 nail biter.



Kansas will get that Big Twelve win in a home game with Texas Tech.  Final  Jayhawks 45 and Red Raiders 39.




National games of the week



Thursday, Oct 24


SMU 31 at Houston 24


Friday, Oct 25
USC 45 at Colorado 21


Saturday, Oct 26


Ohio State 34 and Wisconsin 17
Iowa 28 at Northwestern 21
App. State 54 at South Alabama 12
LSU 34 and Auburn 28
Nebraska 32 and Indiana 31
Minnesota 24 and Maryland 10
Penn State 23 at Michigan State 13
Alabama 41 and Arkansas 12
Memphis 49 at Tulsa 15
Clemson 50 and Boston College 0
Michigan 21 and Notre Dame 20
Utah 32 and California 14
Oregon 41 and Washington State 20
UCLA 35 and Arizona State 31


Feature photo: NORMAN, OK – OCTOBER 19: Oklahoma Ruf Nek’s Sooner Schooner over turns after a touchdown celebration during a college football game between the Oklahoma Sooners and the West Virginia Mountaineers on October 19, 2019, at Memorial Stadium in Norman, OK. (Photo by David Stacy/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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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