The Oklahoma Sooners are looking like a serious contender in the Big 12 and it will be interesting to see how they solid defense can hold up in this game against one of the nation’s top offenses. Oklahoma is 7-1 on the season and this game could have some serious Big 12 title implications.
Like I said earlier, the Baylor Bears have one of the most explosive offenses in the nation. It’s been fun to watch this team post-Robert Griffin III and no one really gave Baylor much credit to contend for a conference title after the decorated quarterback left the program.
Oklahoma’s offense has improved ever since junior quarterback Blake Bell took over at quarterback. The offense was struggling under freshman dual-threat Trevor Knight who could run but passing was as inaccurate as could be. Bell has passed for 1,348 yards and 10 touchdowns on the year while throwing just three interceptions. Jalen Saunders has been his favorite target, catching 35 passes for 431 yards and five touchdowns on the year. The run game ranks 17th in the country thanks to Brennan Clay and Damien Williams who combine for 950 yards and eight touchdowns on the ground.
Baylor has to be one of the most feared teams to play in college football this season. When the season began, the amount of points the Bears were putting up was just unreal and it looked like it was a fluke because of the non-conference cupcakes they played. That was not the case as the Bears rank first in the nation in points per game with over 63 per contest. Bryce Petty has been the top passing quarterback in the conference with 2,453 yards and 18 touchdowns while basically sitting out the fourth quarter every game. Antwan Goodley and Tevin Reese combine for 1,718 yards and 16 receiving touchdowns — taking advantage of the quarterback’s success. Lache Seastrunk was once a Heisman contender at running back, rushing for 869 yards and 11 scores on 9.1 yards per carry.
Defensively, the Bears are a much-improved squad from a season ago. Last year, it was almost like teams would score on the Bears with ease, but this year, not so much. They rank 12th in yards allowed and sixth in points allowed per game in the nation. Oklahoma, on the same note, ranks 14th in points against and ninth in yards allowed per game.
Oklahoma will travel to Baylor to take on the Bears at 7:30 p.m. EST on Thursday, Nov. 7. The game will be broadcasted on FOX Sports 1.
PREDICTION: Oklahoma 30, Baylor 35