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OU NOT IN THE FINAL FOUR?; Rankings, Predictions….Georgia and Utah on upset alert!


As of today, the percentage of the Oklahoma Sooners to make the Final Four, as ranked by the committee, is not high.  And with all the political crap and unfair way the four teams are “chosen”, OU has only to blame themselves for being on the outside looking in.  The loss to Kansas State on the road was devastating.  Even if the Sooners win out, beating TCU, Oklahoma State, and Baylor in the Big Twelve title game, a PAC 12 champion of Oregon or Utah, or a second SEC team (LSU, Georgia, Alabama)  will probably take that fourth selection, joining the Big Ten Champ, the SEC Champ, and the ACC Champ.  Yes, OU would need some help to make this year’s Final Four.  The system, as rubber stamped by OU, the Big 12, and the Power Five conferences, says OU is NOT GOOD ENOUGH this year.  That is the way I see it sports fans.


Fred’s Top Twenty-five
  1.  Ohio State
  2.  LSU
  3.  Clemson
  4.  Oregon
  5.  Alabama
  6.  Oklahoma
  7.  Utah
  8.  Georgia
  9.  Penn State
  10.  Baylor
  11.  Minnesota
  12.  Florida
  13.  MIchigan
  14.  Notre Dame
  15.  Memphis
  16.  Auburn
  17.  Wisconsin
  18.  Cincinnait
  19.  Oklahoma State
  20.  Iowa
  21.  SMU
  22.  Boise State
  23.  Texas A&M
  24.  Appalachian State
  25.  Iowa State







Baylor had the Sooners at the gallows, noosed, and ready to pull the lever on a Texan Brazos River hanging last Saturday night in Waco.  The lever was never pulled, and the Bears let the Big Red off the gallows, allowed them to bitch slap the Bear offense, holding them to a total of 16 plays while the Sooner offense gunned down the men in green, shooting them full of holes, without mercy.  The men from the little red wagon won the game in the biggest Sooner comeback in history of the football program.  The domination of Baylor in the first half (31-10) was superseded by the Oklahoma land grab in the second half (24-0). serving up the first loss for Bears.  It showed that when OU is on their game, they are not that bad of a team.


The Pokes of Stillwater totally disheveled Les Miles’s Kansas Jayhawks in a home win for OSU.  A performance that advances the Cowboys to have a glimmer of hope for a Big Twelve title, if it is not expected.  An OU loss to TCU this week and a Poke win in West Virginia would put the Bedlam game winner in the title game in BU wins just one of their final two games.  The Bears should do that with Texas and Kansas ending their schedule.


TCU, Iowa State, and West Virginia all posted wins Saturday.  Texas, Kansas State, and Texas Tech were the losers.




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



Games this week in the Big Twelve


Oklahoma host TCU in another night game.  Could be close depending upon which Sooner team shows up.  I expect a close Sooner win, something like 37 to 27.  An upset is possible.



Oklahoma State travels to Morgantown for an early morning rooster kickoff.  Look for another typical Big 12 tussle here and I will take the Hillbillies in an upset.  West Virginia 27 and Oklahoma 26.



Iowa State should take KU apart in Ames.  Cyclones 41 and Jayhawks 19.



Texas goes to Baylor and will suffer another loss.  Baylor in an easy 42-21 win.



Texas Tech host Kansas State and the ball control of the Wildcats should win out.  KSU 31 and the Red Raiders 24.



Last week:  2-3; Season 48-17



National Predictions


Ohio State 42 and Penn State 24
Iowa 38 and Illinois 21
Minnesota 25 at Northwestern 21
Alabama 50 and Western Carolina 0
Tulane 31 and UCT 29
Notre Dame 48 and Boston College 14
Maryland 34 and Nebraska 28
Michigan 28 at Indiana 25
Texas A&M 21 and Georgia 19
Virginia Tech 35 and Pittsburgh 31
UCLA 44 and USC 38
Wisconsin 30 and Purdue 9
Navy 41 and SMU 33
LSU 66 and Arkansas 20
Cincinnati 39 and Temple 29
Missouri 35 and Tennessee 28
Oregon 52 and Arizona State 42
Arizona 38 and Utah 35
Utah State 29 and Boise State 23


Feature Photo: Oklahoma defensive end Ronnie Perkins (right) celebrates after recording one of his three sacks against Baylor on Saturday night in Waco, Texas. 
IAN MAULE/Tulsa World

Secondary Photo: Oklahoma’s Brian Asamoah, left, and Nik Bonitto celebrate Bonitto’s game-clinching interception against Baylor on Saturday. Ian Maule/Tulsa World via AP Photo

Third Photo: Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts had an interception and two fumbles against Baylor, but he made up for the miscues with 297 yards and four TDs passing and 114 yards rushing. Ronald Martinez/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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