(25) Baylor Bears at (9) Oklahoma Sooners
Baylor: With all the turmoil that’s taken place, Baylor has quietly gone about business and I can honestly sit here and tell you that I didn’t see them getting off to such a solid start. They’ve been the best team in the Big-12 when it comes to running the football as they have averaged close to 280 yards per game in the ground aspect of things. Just a few weeks ago, Baylor was looking to win another conference crown and a potential berth in the CFP, but things have changed after two straight losses. The loss to TCU was extremely discouraging as they fell behind early and could never get back into the game and then, they lost a nail biter to Texas at home. Their chances of getting into the playoffs now are slim to none and today, they will look to avenge a loss last year to the Oklahoma Sooners.
Oklahoma: Things just haven’t really panned out for them like I thought they would have. I really think those two losses early on in the season to Houston and Ohio State really set them back and they were pretty much written out of the conversation for a playoff spot then. The one positive about all of this is they’ve won six games in a row and they could still finish strong and get into the playoffs with wins over West Virginia, Baylor today and then they close things out at home with their rivals in Oklahoma State. Baker Mayfield has put together a great season and so has his go to receiver, Dede Westbrook. What’s really impressed me this year with the Sooners has been their ability to clamp down and stop the run. They’ve only given up 123 yards per game on the ground. It will take a miracle for them to get into the playoffs for the second straight year.
Baylor Player To Watch: Seth Russell– He hasn’t been that prolific passer that everyone expected him to be, but he’s still been a very serviceable guy nonetheless. He’s also been really good when it comes to running the ball and Oklahoma has struggled to stop mobile quarterbacks. Exploit that weakness early on.
Oklahoma Player(s) To Watch: Jordan Thomas and Jordan Parker– Baylor displays a lot of speed on the perimeter with their two receivers in Zamora and Cannon. The Sooner tandem of Thomas and Parker will need to be on their a game defending these two because Baylor will look to get it moving down the field.
Prediction: Last year when they met, Oklahoma marched into Waco and got the victory behind a big performance from Baker Mayfield. This has become an interesting rivalry over the years. I like Oklahoma at home in this one. Oklahoma 45 Baylor 28