Oklahoma St. Cowboys vs. Baylor Bears
The Baylor Bears look to slow down the number four Oklahoma State Cowboys in a Big 12 match up Saturday. The Bears come in off a 55-28 week seven pounding at the hands of Texas A&M while the Cowboys handed Missouri a 45-24 defeat. The Cowboys are -17 point favorites over the Bears with an over/under point total set at 69.
Following their loss to Texas A&M, Baylor has now dropped two of three as their high powered offense behind Robert Griffin has just not been able to match scores with opponents. In other words the Bears defense has put up little resistance throughout the season and is weighing down the efforts of Robert Griffin and their own offense. That was the theme versus the Aggies with Griffin and crew totaling 480 yards and 24 first downs with the resulting 28 points not a typical scoring day for Baylor. The problem was that the Bears had no rushing attack and little threat of one with only 50 yards and less than two yard average. That meant a complete reliance on Griffin to make plays in the air which isn’t a completely hopeless situation as he was 28 of 40 for 430 yards with three touchdowns and an interception. The Bears had two 100+ yard receivers in Terrance Williams (8-146) and Tevin Reese (4-105) who each nabbed a scoring pass. The downfall of the team once again fell on the shoulders of the defense that allowed 681 yards and can’t stop anything on a weekly basis.
Oklahoma State went in to Missouri and did what they do best and that’s eat up a bunch of real estate while making frequent trips to the end zone. The Cowboys piled up 533 yards and 27 first downs while converting on an impressive 9 of 18 third downs. Quarterback Brandon Weeden led yet another offensive show completing 33 of 49 passes for 338 yards with three touchdowns against an interception with nine different players catching balls. Star receiver Justin Blackmon caught eight balls for 54 yards and a touchdown before leaving with a concussion. Oklahoma State proved to be far from a one trick pony with a productive rushing attack to compliment the right arm of Weeden. The ground game totaled just under 200 yards with Joseph Randle rumbling for 138 yards on just 13 carries with three trips to pay dirt. Jeremy Smith gave the team 71 quality yards on 13 totes as the Cowboys can run the ball even though the air game gets most of the press. The OSU defense allowed 463 yards and isn’t normally asked to do much more than contain opposing attacks which they did while recovering a fumble and picking off three passes.
The question here is will the Baylor defense be able to stop Oklahoma State and the obvious answer is not a chance even with Blackmon possibly out. Question number two is can the Bears at least slow down the Cowboys and that’s almost laughable so to me this one boils down to whether Robert Griffin and the offense can keep up on the scoreboard. Possible but I’m not sure if the points are enough but I’ll take them and hope this is a 45-38 type game.
Baylor Bears +17 Oklahoma St. Cowboys