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Sooners, Bears Impressive; Frogs Have Defensive Concerns

Saturday saw Baylor continue to run and pass up and down the field in their throttling of West Virginia 62-38 and Oklahoma played almost a perfect game as an injury ravaged and helpless Kansas State was kicked like a dead dog 55-0 in Manhattan.  Texas Tech had a much closer than expected 30-20 win against Kansas and TCU‘s offensive firepower was too much for the Iowa State Cyclones in Ames, 45-21.



Baylor is the best team in the nation right now. That is my call as they have a tremendous offense, one that can run the ball and pass the ball with excellence.  Seth Russell is the key and his running is just as potent as his passing game (with the best set of receivers in the country).  The Bears can be beaten as I have mentioned in previous articles, but it will take a defense that is better than average and the BU will need to cooperate with some turnovers. Currently, only Okla. State and Oklahoma has a chance but with the Sooners going to Waco, it will be a long shot for an upset there.  As for Baylor’s trip to Stillwater, what I have said must happen with the turnovers, and the Pokes themselves would have to limit mistakes by their offense That is a tall order.  Baylor is not perfect on defense and they do give up points and yards, but for them to lose a game in conference, I won’t put any money on it.  As for TCU’s chances of beating Baylor, that’s iffy. The game is in Fort Worth and that is a positive for TCU. The Frogs defense gave up over 400 yards to Iowa State and Baylor will shred the Toad’s defense.  That Frog defense has to get better.  For fans of the Purple in Fort Worth, I’d be worried.  Right now, it is not good in any way for TCU in that match up. The worst thing in the world is having to outscore Baylor. The second worst thing is having to outscore TCU.  This could be the game of the year in this part of the country if both continue to win out.  All in all, Baylor is the class of the Big 12, because they play better defense than the Frogs.  Things can change if the injury bug hits as it can, especially if one on the top quarterbacks in the league goes down.



West Virginia could keep up with Baylor.  Seth Russell’s legs chewed up the ground as his passing to Corey Coleman (three scores) filled the airways.  Russell became the first Baylor QB to throw for 300 yards and run for another 100 plus since their Heisman winner a few years back.  Baylor again get their 60 plus points.  West Virginia‘s season is in disarray and Coach Dana Holgorsen need a win and in two weeks after their off week.   They go to Fort Worth to play TCU.  It might be awhile for them to taste victory.  “Poor Mountaineers.” You can join the club with “Poor Kansas.”




Joe Mixon of Oklahoma in game action against Kansas State in Manhattan, KS. Oct 17, 2015. Photo: Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images



The Oklahoma Sooners came to play yesterday and Baker Mayfield tossed 5 first half touchdowns as it was no contest from the start.  Kansas State was pitiful and needs to regroup. I wouldn’t want to play them next.





AMES, IA â OCTOBER 17: Quarterback Trevone Boykin #2 of the TCU Horned Frogs scrambles for yards as defensive back Brian Peavy #10 of the Iowa State Cyclones defends in the first half of play at Jack Trice Stadium on October 17, 2015 in Ames, Iowa. (Photo by David Purdy/Getty Images)


Texas Christian might be the 2nd best offensive in the conference and Iowa State was a step slow and a few pounds light in trying to stop Trevone Boykin and his crew.  The Frogs, as said above, have to improve their defense.  Trips to OU and OSU will be tough ones to win.  Both the Pokes and Sooners have better defenses.  Can TCU outscore them?  Maybe.  That TCU passing attack is an A+ with quite possibility the best player in the country in Boykin in command.



Kansas played a competitive conference game with the Red Raiders and showed some improvement.  Lack of  effort also showed that Texas Tech, at 5-2, must play better in Norman next week or they will get their behinds spanked by the Sooners.  I lost some good feeling toward Tech in Lawrence.



Big 12 Weekly Rankings
  1.  Baylor
  2.  Oklahoma State
  3. TCU
  4. Oklahoma
  5. Texas Tech
  6. West Virginia
  7. Texas
  8. Kansas State
  9. Iowa State
  10. Kansas


Most Impressive team of the Week:  Oklahoma
Least Impressive team of the  Week:  Kansas State
Player of the Week:  Seth Russell, Baylor

Top Photo:

Seth Russell #17 of the Baylor Bears carries the ball against Jarrod Harper #22 of the West Virginia Mountaineers in the third quarter at McLane Stadium on October 17, 2015 in Waco, Texas.
(Oct. 16, 2015 – Source: Tom Pennington/Getty Images North America)

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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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