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Fredsportsextra’s College Football’s Top 25; Alabama #1 in the SEC; Oklahoma #1 in the Big 12? How about Iowa State?; Georgia over Clemson in first big game?

OU’s Spencer Rattler-Photo credit: Michael Ainsworth, Columbus Telegraph

 

 BEFORE THE FIRST SNAP

 

Alabama is the team to beat for the 2021 college football season and that is my reflection today, a few days before the season begins.  This Crimson Tide team will have a tough go of it and even with a start at number one, there are other teams that can push and take that National Title.  Here is my Top 25 as we go into the regular season this weekend.

 

 

TOP 25
  1.  Alabama
  2.  Iowa State
  3.  Oklahoma
  4.  Georgia
  5.  Ohio State
  6.  Oregon
  7. Texas A&M
  8. Clemson
  9. Notre Dame
  10. Utah
  11. Wisconsin
  12. North Carolina
  13. Cincinnati
  14. Penn State
  15. Oklahoma State
  16. LSU
  17. USC
  18. Coastal Carolina
  19. Louisiana
  20. TCU
  21. Florida
  22. Miami (Fla)
  23. Arizona State
  24. Iowa
  25. Ole Miss

Breece Hall, Iowa State All-American-Photo by Matthew Putney, Columbus Tribune

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

 

National Championship Semi-Final:  Alabama vs Iowa State
National Championship Semi-Final:  Oklahoma vs Georgia
Title Game:  Alabama vs Oklahoma
National Champion:  Alabama

 

Top Heisman candidates:  Spencer Rattler, Oklahoma; Breece Hall, Iowa State; Derek Stingley Jr, LSU; Sam Howell, North Carolina; D.J. Uiagalelel, Clemson

 

Oklahoma State quarterback Spencer Sanders looks for a receiver as he is pressured by the Miami defense during the first half of the Cheez-it Bowl  in Orlando, Fla. (John Raoux / Associated Press)

 

Predictions for the first two weeks of play:

 

Big Twelve- all games of Sept 2nd weekend

 

Kansas 26 and South Dakota 13
Kansas State 23 and Stanford 22
Oklahoma 56 at Tulane 7
Maryland 28 and West Virginia 24
Louisiana 22 at Texas 21
Oklahoma State 65 and Missouri State 24
Houston 35 and Texas Tech 28
Baylor 42 at Texas State 19
TCU 64 and Duquesne 0 
Iowa State 39 and N. Iowa 13

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National Schedule-

 

August 28

 

Georgia 19 and Clemson 18
Nebraska 24 at Illinois  17
UCLA 35 and Hawaii 16
New Mexico 38 and UTEP 24
Nebraska 43 and Fordham 0
Michigan 30 and Western Michigan 12
Wisconsin 28 and Penn State 25
Kentucky 44 and Louisiana Monroe 12

 

September 2

 

 

UCF 41 and Boise State 37
Coastal Carolina 48 and The Citadel 10
Utah 52 and Weber State 9
Tulsa 45 and UC Davis 21
Ohio State 31 at Minnesota 28
Tennessee 34 and Bowling Green 10
North Carolina 28 and Virginia Tech 17
Northwestern 24 and Michigan State 21
Oregon 55 and Fresno State 14
Arkansas 49 and Rice 14
Alabama 40  at Miami (Fla) 28 at Atlanta
Iowa 32 and Indiana 28
Cincinnati 42 and Miami (Ohio) 9
Oregon State 41 at Purdue 38
LSU 21 at UCLA 18
BYU 31 at Arizona 21
Washington State 25 and Utah State 21
Notre Dame 24 at Florida State 18
Ole Miss 39 and Louisville 23

 

Feature Photo-OU’s Nik Bonitto, LB, Oklahoma (Columbus Telegraph)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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