Baylor Bears vs. Oklahoma Sooners
The Oklahoma Sooners still have National Championship aspirations when they take on the Baylor Bears in week twelve action. The Sooners had a bye last Saturday but rolled over Texas A&M in week ten while the Bears escaped Kansas with a 31-30 overtime decision. The Sooners are -13.5 point favorites over the Bears.
Even though Baylor has a Bowl in their future, their win over Kansas was not a thing of beauty as their high powered offense that was supposed to light up the Jayhawks defense did just that but didn’t do it until the fourth quarter. The Bears finished with 505 yards but were held to just a field goal until a 21 point fourth quarter sent the game to overtime where a missed two point conversion by KU was the difference between an impromptu comeback and just another loss. The numbers say Baylor was able to do whatever they pleased with the rushing attack totaling over 190 yards with Robert Griffin leading the way with 103 yards on ten carries and a touchdown. Griffin was even better through the air going 22 of 29 for 312 yards with three touchdowns and a pick. The Bears defense hasn’t gotten much respect but they gave up a reasonable 404 yards and survived four offensive giveaways while intercepting three passes of their own.
Oklahoma jumped on Texas A&M for 28 third quarter points to break open a close game and coast to their eighth win of the year. The Sooners kept their National Championship hopes alive in the process and probably need to win out in impressive fashion to be considered worthy of a title shot. The offense totaled 404 yards but looked stagnant at times with less than 150 rushing yards on 47 carries with barely over three yard average. Roy Finch was the only runner of note with a 26 carry, 99 yard night with a touchdown. The air attack wasn’t impressive either with quarterback Landry Jones having trouble hooking up with his receiving corps. Jones was 18 of 38 for 255 yards with a pair of scoring throws covering 31 yards and 39 yards. The Sooners defense gave up over 520 yards but recovered a fumble and intercepted three passes. It was more of a bend but don’t break performance that was a bit lackadaisical late with the Aggies scoring 15 late points.
Baylor has me stumped as the team has looked good on offense but were stymied by a suspect Kansas defense. The Bears defense has been the major concern on the year, allowing 36 points per game. That is especially a worry going against an Oklahoma offense that is lighting up the scoreboard at over 45 points. The difference between these teams is that OU can play defense as well, allowing less than 20 points. The bottom line for me is that the Sooners need an impressive win and I’m thinking they get it.
Oklahoma Sooners -13.5 Baylor Bears