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Baylor Bears’ Undefeated Season On The Line In Matchup Vs. Oklahoma St.

Posted by Blake Frazier on 2/4/2014 5:46:16 AM

The Baylor Bears shot up the rankings this week after securing two impressive Big 12 wins, one of which came against the then 10th ranked Oklahoma Sooners. This weekend however presents with it the biggest challenge of Baylor’s season as they must travel north to take on the now 10th ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys. The Cowboys began the year highly ranked, but because of one bad loss, fell in he rankings but have finally worked their way up to the top ten, where they deserve to be.

Baylor Bears @ Oklahoma State Cowboys
Odds: Baylor -9.5

What To Watch For From The Baylor Bears

Rightfully so the Bears enter this game with a huge sports book set spread of 9.5 points, and although it may seem like too many points for a top ten matchup, Baylor has the best offense in the country and has yet to be contained by anyone. Running the ball is a huge part of Baylor’s offense as they average an even 300 rushing yards, and 384 passing yards per game. They have many offense weapons to keep an eye on such as quarterback Bryce Petty, who has 24 touchdowns and one interception this season, along with running backs Lache Seastrunk and Shock Linwood. Seastrunk has missed the previous one and a half games due to a groin injury, but should return for this crucial matchup, meaning wide receiver Tevin Reese will be the only key name on the not playing list.

What To Watch For From The Oklahoma State Cowboys

While Oklahoma State is also known for their high-powered offense, they have been switching between two quarterbacks this season, and have a running back that averages only 4.4 yards per carry, compared to the 8.7 yards per carry average of Seastrunk. The Cowboys however are in good hands with senior quarterback Clint Chelf as he does a good job spreading the ball around, forcing defenses to play straight up with minimal double teams. The Cowboy offense however averages only 40 points per game, a full 21 points less than Baylor averages, meaning Oklahoma State’s defense must show up and disrupt Petty in the pocket. When Baylor’s offense is pressured early on, like they were last week against Texas Tech, they tend to start the game relatively slow, meaning the Cowboys should look to bring pressure and knock Petty around in the backfield.


It’s clear the Cowboys don’t have the offense to outscore the Bears if this game becomes a shootout, meaning the odds of Baylor winning by at least ten points is quite good. Petty runs the zone-read quite well and is able to hit deep receivers when they are open, which is what allows the Baylor offense to put up so many points as they routinely score on deep touchdown throws. Their running game with Linwood and Seastrunk also seems too strong to be stopped for a full four quarters, which is the reason Baylor is my pick to not only beat, but dominate the Oklahoma State Cowboys.

Pick: Baylor

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