Oklahoma vs. Baylor Prediction, Game Preview

    Oklahoma vs. Baylor prediction and game preview. The Sooners and Bears both look to stay in the hunt for a College Football Playoff spot as they battle in Waco.

    November 10, 2015


    Yayyyyyy!!!! Baylor (8-0) gets to play someone really good! The Bears have looks strong, but now they have to deal with an (8-1) Oklahoma looking to jump right back into the playoff picture with a massive win of its own. Check out the Oklahoma vs. Baylor game preview and prediction.

    Oklahoma vs. Baylor Game Preview

    Broadcast

    Date: Saturday, Nov. 14
    Game Time: 8:00 pm
    Venue: McLane Stadium, Waco, TX

    Network: ABC

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    Why You Need To Care

    There’s a chance West Virginia is pretty good, and Texas Tech at least beat Arkansas – it’s not like Baylor hasn’t played anyone. Granted, it’s hard to get too jacked up about a team whose schedule includes SMU, Lamar, Rice and Kansas as wins, but none of that matters anymore. If Baylor is really that good, it’ll show it with Oklahoma this week, road games against Oklahoma State and TCU to follow, and Texas to close things out. Win those four games, and it’s off to the College Football Playoff no matter what. Lose once, and then it’s a roll of the dice.

    Oklahoma is well past the loss to Texas, cranking up blowout wins over Kansas State, Texas Tech, Kansas and Iowa State by a combined score of 232-50. The Sooners are passing the eye-test, and they’re starting to build up that resume by destroying the Iowa State team that beat Texas, and ripping apart the Kansas State team that pushed Baylor so hard. Throw in the Tennessee win, and this is a team to watch out for. But now it has to go on the road to play Baylor and Oklahoma State, and it has to host TCU. Win those three, be the One True Champion, and it’ll be hard to keep the rolling Sooners out.

    Why Oklahoma Will Win

    Get ready for more of the running game. Baker Mayfield and the Air Raid offense should be able to work no matter what. The passing game can keep up with the Bears’ attack, but Kansas State showed off the formula last week by pounding away and getting physical up front. Instead of Wildcat QB Joe Hubener running, it’ll be Samaje Perine and Joe Mixon coming off of four straight big-time running days. The Sooners have rolled for 232 yards or more in each of the last four games – to go along with 14 touchdowns – and now they should be able to control the game and control the clock against a Baylor D that couldn’t handle Kansas State and gave up 232 yards to Iowa State the week before.

    Why Baylor Will Win

    Baylor’s defense isn’t going to stop Oklahoma, but the offense could make up for it by bombing away. The Sooners did a great job of shutting down the Texas Tech passing game, but it hasn’t faced anyone else who can throw other than Tulsa, who chucked for 427 yards and four scores. Everyone else has sputtered and struggled. Everyone else isn’t Baylor. Texas was able to utilize a variety of different styles and options to run for over 300 yards, and the holes were there for the Texas Tech running game that had a little bit of success. Baylor has the balance, but it also has the tempo to keep the Sooners from ever getting settled. OU is used to moving fast, but the Bears aren’t going to let Jarrett Stidham get hit, he’ll have time, and he’ll get the attack moving in any type of shootout.

    Player Who Matters

    Last week, Leonard Fournette had his chance to lock up the Heisman against Alabama, and Derrick Henry went off. This week, Baylor’s Corey Coleman is on a national stage with everyone paying attention to the guy who has two scoring grabs or more in every game after the opener against SMU, and with a season-high 216 yards against Kansas State. That game was good, last year’s performance against OU was better, catching 15 passes for 224 yards and a score in the win.

    Meanwhile, Oklahoma’s Sterling Shepard has a chance to show that he’s not that bad a Big 12 receiver. He missed the last two games against Baylor, getting knocked out last year – and caught just three passes against the Bears as a freshman, but he’s overdue to go off. He doesn’t have the numbers of a Coleman or a Josh Doctson, but he’s averaging 17.5 yards per catch on the year with four touchdown passes in the last four games as a dangerous part of the puzzle. Don’t be shocked if everyone comes into the game looking at one receiver, and leaves talking about another.

    What’s Going To Happen?

    Oklahoma is about to make a very, very big statement. Jarrett Stidham won’t look like a freshman, but the Sooner defense will come up with enough big plays to slow the machine down, while the Air Raid OU offense will get rolling from the start and won’t stop until it has a signature win. Baker Mayfield enters the Heisman race after this week.

    Oklahoma vs. Baylor Prediction

    Final Score: Oklahoma 52, Baylor 40, Line: Baylor -2.5, o/u: 77

    Must See Rating: 5: Spectre … 1: The 33 … 5

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