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LSU and Alabama play in big game….I have LSU to win, or do I?; Big Twelve Preview; Top 25; Predictions…..

Go with LSU Saturday


This coming Saturday afternoon LSU travels to Alabama for the game between #1 and #2.  I look for a rather high scoring affair with the Tigers coming out on top 34 to 27.  The home field at Bryant-Denney in Tuscaloosa will help the Tide, but not enough.  Nick Saban’s teams are hard to beat anywhere, but this is not a typical LSU team.  Strong on offense and not so much on defense.   But in the final, LSU will show it is the better team, especially with Bama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa still not 100 percent.  Joe Burrow proves to be the likely Heisman winner as he is the difference in this one.  A must view.  This might close the door on Alabama’s chance at a Final Four bid. 

Sooners will take the Cyclones and Baylor stays unbeaten


Baylor goes to Fort Worth and expect a fourth quarter game.  I have Baylor staying undefeated winning a squeaker 22 to 21.  Max Duggan is still somewhat under 100 percent and the Baylor defense will feast on horned toad all afternoon.  The Bears set up their home game with Oklahoma next week and stay undefeated.


West Virginia gets Texas Tech at home and I fully expect this close game to go to the Mountaineers.   Final  34 to 28 for the home


Kansas State has the better team and will shell the Longhorn defense in DKR  41 to 24. The Wildcats keep their Big Twelve hopes alive for another week.


NORMAN, OK – OCTOBER 07: Quarterback Baker Mayfield #6 of the Oklahoma Sooners gets around linebacker Joel Lanning #7 of the Iowa State Cyclones at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on October 7, 2017 in Norman, Oklahoma. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)

Oklahoma gets back on track in Norman as they pluck the feathers of the Cyclone bird, 42 to 28.  Both teams will roll up the yards but OU still remembers the last visit by the Iowa State team.


Last Week:  2-1 Year:  44-12



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



Top Twenty-five
  1.  LSU
  2.  Ohio State
  3.  Alabama
  4.  Penn State
  5.  Clemson
  6.  Georgia
  7.  Oklahoma
  8.  Oregon
  9.  Utah
  10.  Baylor
  11.  Minnesota
  12.  Auburn
  13.  Florida
  14.  Memphis
  15.  Michigan’
  16.  Notre Dame
  17.  Wake Forest
  18.  Cincinnati
  19.  Boise State
  20.  Navy
  21.  Wisconsin
  22.  Iowa
  23.  Kansas State
  24.  SMU
  25.  Oklahoma State
Select National Predictions  (Big upsets in red)


Friday, November 8


Central Florida 41 at Tulsa 19

Oregon State 32 and Washington 29


Saturday, November 9


Ohio State 50 and Maryland 7

Florida 25 and Vanderbilt 9

Penn State 25 and Minnesota 14

SMU 50 and East Carolina 34

Virginia Tech 38 and Wake Forest 29

Iowa 23 at  Wisconsin 19

Cincinnati 52 and UConn 10

Georgia 38 and Missouri 18

Washington State 48 at California 38

Duke 24 and Notre Dame 21

North Carolina State 28 and Clemson 27

Wyoming 41 and Boise State 34






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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