Oklahoma State vs. Baylor Prediction, Game Preview

    Oklahoma State vs. Baylor prediction and game preview. The Cowboys look to stay undefeated as they host the Bears in Stillwater.

    November 17, 2015


    It’s do-or-die time for Baylor (8-1) after losing to Oklahoma last week. The Bears are still in the thick of the Big 12 title hunt, but they have to come back roaring. Oklahoma State (10-0) is the lone unbeaten left in the conference, and it controls its own destiny, but it’s coming off a rocky performance against Iowa State. Check out the Baylor vs. Oklahoma State game preview and prediction.

    Baylor at Oklahoma State Game Preview

    Broadcast

    Date: Saturday, Nov. 21
    Game Time: 7:30 pm
    Venue: Boone Pickens Stadium, Stillwater, OK

    Network: FOX

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    Why You Need To Care

    Is Baylor ready to step up into the prime slot? The knock all season long was the schedule, but even though wins over Texas Tech and West Virginia were strong, it was the Oklahoma game at home that meant everything. The Bears played fine, but the Sooners were better. There’s still a chance to get into the playoff by winning out against TCU next week, Texas in two weeks, and getting an OU loss. Do that, get that, do it with a little bit of panache and a whole bunch of points, and the playoff slot could be there for the taking.

    Oklahoma State needed help in tight wins over Texas, Kansas State, West Virginia, and Iowa State, but it was the 49-29 win over TCU that changed everything up and getting on the national map. The Cowboys have a highly efficient, highly effective attack that’s coming through when needed, but now it’s going to have to crank things up a bit against a loaded offense in desperate needs of a win. What does Oklahoma State have going its way? History. The Cowboys have beaten Baylor at home 11 straight times going back to 1942, winning by a combined score of 506 to 204 – an average of 46 to 19. Make it 12 in a row, and the showdown against Oklahoma is almost certainly for a spot in the playoff.

    Why Baylor Will Win

    The pop will be back in the attack. Jarrett Stidham might be a freshman, but he was okay against Oklahoma, and now he and the Baylor offense should be able to get the passing game back to the explosive 300-yard level. Even last week, the Bears were able to crank up the offense deep and keep the offense moving – the defense just couldn’t stop the Sooners. The Oklahoma State run defense has been blasted in each of the last two games – giving up well over 200 yards with three scores against both TCU and Iowa State. When pressed, the secondary has had bigger issues allowing 480 yards and four scores to Texas Tech and 445 yards to the Horned Frogs. Get ready for Baylor to put up a huge number.

    Why Oklahoma State Will Win

    The Baylor defense that was so good at times against the run in the first part of the year has been cranked on over the last three games. Iowa State, Kansas State and Oklahoma have combined for 731 yards and six touchdowns as teams have been able to get some semblance of control by handling the clock. Oklahoma State has enough of a running game to give it a shot to set up the high-octane passing game that’s putting up huge numbers over the last month. The offense has picked the perfect time to kick everything into high gear with Mason Rudolph and J.W. Walsh combining to throw for 343 yards or more in each of the last four games with 15 touchdowns and just one pick. It’s all clicking.

    Player Who Matters

    Last year’s 49-28 loss to Baylor was Mason Rudolph’s first time showing what he could do under center for the Cowboys. It was a loss, but he wasn’t awful in his debut throwing for 281 yards and two scores with two picks. This time around, he’s coming in as one of the hottest quarterbacks in the country connecting on 67% of his passes over the last four games with three 300-yard games – and 285 against Texas Tech – with nine scoring passes. Walsh takes away some of the big numbers in the red zone, but Rudolph has shown he’s as good as any quarterback in the Big 12, and he even outplayed Trevone Boykin with 352 yards and five touchdowns against TCU. Now’s his time to take his team within one game of the playoff.

    What’s Going To Happen?

    Baylor will bounce back. Oklahoma State’s offense will come out firing in what should be a wild and zany offensive light show, but Stidham will be the story. He’ll handle the pressure of the big road game – and from the Cowboy defensive front – to get his Bears back into the playoff chase.

    Baylor at Oklahoma State Prediction

    Final Score: Baylor 52, Oklahoma State 48, Line: PICK, o/u: 77.5

    Must See Rating: 5: The Night Before – 1: Donny! … 5

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