Inside Predictions: Baylor Bears vs Oklahoma Sooners

This Saturday, November 14th, the Big 12 get a mega game. The Oklahoma Sooners will travel to meet the undefeated Baylor Bears at McLane Stadium in Waco, Texas. Kickoff is at 8:00 PM EST and ABC will have the live feed.

Both of these teams are playing some great football this season. The Bears are 8-0 and 5-0 in the Big 12 and the Sooners are 8-1 and 5-1 in the conference. Those stats alone are enough of a reason to think this will be a great game. But there is even more, Baylor was in peril as their star quarterback Seth Russell was injured with a fractured neck and the Bears were unsure if they were going to be able to keep up the season.

Russell’s replacement, true freshman Jarrett Stidham, was thrown to the lions, as it were, against Kansas State. Once Stidham got on the field it was clear who the lion Really was. Stidham threw for 419 yards and three touchdowns, and he did it cool, calm and collectedly. Sure, he got sacked three times but didn’t turn over the ball once. The Bears’ future looks brighter than ever now; if Stidham can keep up the same level of play as he had in his debut, Baylor will go places this season, perhaps even the playoffs.

The Oklahoma Sooners beat the Iowa State Cyclones last week and the game was simply great! Any given team can win so much before it stops, the head game that begins to factor into a team with a perfect of near-perfect record can be very damaging to the squad. It looks, however, the Sooners are not having this particular problem. Perhaps it has something to do with the coaching style of Bob Stoops, after the game last week Stoops said, “We’re competing with ourselves to get better.”

This attitude is the one that wins games. Not only to compete with your opponents, but, to compete against yourself… this is the key to staying on top, otherwise, student-athletes become complacent and perhaps too self-confident, and that’s when reality strikes in the form of a huge loss to a not so huge team.

After Oklahoma’s huge 52-16 win against Iowa the Sooners climbed up the Coaches Poll to number 11 and the AP Poll to number 12. This is far better than where they were when they began the season at number 19 in both polls.

Once the Sooners return from Texas they will have to face the powerful TCU Horned Frogs, as well as the Oklahoma State Cowboys this regular season. If the Sooners can keep pace with the rest of their season they will be a very good position to carry on after the regular season.

My Prediction: As much as I would like to see the Sooners beat the Bears this late in the season, I simply don’t see it happening that way. Baylor has the stronger team, the home field advantage and a new star quarterback with the skills and drive to prove himself at every opportunity he is given. I say Baylor wins by 2 touchdowns. I will add that the game will go on fairly competitively through the first half, the Bears will begin to assert their dominance upon the second and we will see Baylor take another victory to add to their collection. Take BAYLOR AT -3.

November 10, 2015 by : Posted in College Football No Comments

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