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Baylor Football: The Bears Welcome Oklahoma & ESPN College GameDay To Waco

The Bears look to remain undefeated as the Big 12 favorites come to town.

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Baylor enters their Week 12 matchup against Oklahoma as the lone undefeated team in the Big 12. However they are not the favored team, nor should they be. Oklahoma has been the standard in the Big 12 for a while. They have won the last four Big 12 titles and the last team to win the conference and not be Oklahoma is, well, Baylor.

Baylor has not been a wrecking ball on their current streak. They have barely won several games but at the end of the day, they have won. Baylor has on 11 straight games going back to last year and is looking to extend that streak to 12 this weekend against Oklahoma.

Offensively they have struggled in the last few games scoring only 17 against West Virginia and only 9 against TCU during regulation. While the offense is still looking to find its stride the defense has been absolutely outstanding. In years past Baylor would just hope to outscore the opponent and do it fast with little regard to the defense.

Oklahoma had a scare of their own last week against Iowa State getting by the Cyclones 42-41 thanks to a missed two-point conversion. They also have a loss on their record thanks to our friends in Manhattan. I think both teams will be laser-focused as they try to solidify there place at the top of the Big 12.

Game Details

  • When: Sat, Nov 17, 6:30 PM CT
  • Where: McLane Stadium Waco, TX
  • Forecast: Mostly Sunny, High of 60°F
  • Stream: WatchEPSN
  • Betting Line: Oklahoma -10 O/U 67.5

Baylor heads into this game as the only undefeated team in the Big 12. If the Bears want to remain that way they need to vastly improve their offensive output. Scoring less than 20 points in regulation, as they have done in the last two games, is not going to cut it. Charlie Brewer is going to have to find his mojo early in the game coming off a less than stellar performance against TCU.

Defensively Baylor has been outstanding and will need to keep that level of play up against the Sooners to keep the Bears in the game. This will be the best offense that Baylor will see all year. Oklahoma is going to score some points and get some big plays Baylor will need to not get flustered and stick with their defensive game plan.

College Gameday will be in town and the game is sold out and according to Baylor Athletic Director Mack Rhoades 70 percent of Baylor students have pulled tickets to the game. This is the biggest game of the weekend and has the biggest impact on not only the Big 12 race but also on the College Football Playoff.

Baylor Keys To The Game

Force Turnovers: Baylor has been good this season in forcing turnovers and putting their offense in good positions. Baylor had three turnovers against TCU after not having any in the last two meetings. Baylor will need to keep forcing turnovers if they want a chance to upset the Sooners.

Take deep shots: Last week against the Horned Frogs Baylor took very few deep shots and when they did they missed. Baylor needs to keep trying to hit deep shots especially against this Oklahoma defense that has regressed in recent weeks. Eventually, they will hit some and it could result in touchdowns and not just first downs.

Limit Hurts: Jalen Hurts is the Sooners leading rusher and in not just yards but in attempts as well. Baylor will need to gameplan for hurts runs and let their athletes in the defensive backfield do what they have done all year and make plays. Hurts has a tendency to be inaccurate at times and this could reap positive outcomes for the Bears.

Matt’s Game Prediction

This game will go one of two ways in my opinion. Either Baylor will go toe to toe with the Sooners or Oklahoma will get up on Baylor and not relinquish the lead. Baylor will have to play a near-flawless game to even stand a chance against this Oklahoma offense. This is by far the best defense that the Sooners will face and this is the best offense that Baylor will face. This has all the makings of an epic showdown of league leaders and everyone will be tuned in for it.

I expect to see a very entertaining and exciting game. Oklahoma will get their points and it will be up to Baylor defense to keep them in check. Baylor will finally get the offense going early in the game and get points on the board in the first half. When its all said and done I think that the Baylor defense will make one more play than Oklahoma and will leave the game with a huge win over the Sooners.

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