Baylor vs. Oklahoma: Landry Jones and Sooners Are Too Much for Bears to Handle

Rick WeinerFeatured ColumnistNovember 9, 2012

NORMAN, OK - OCTOBER 27:   Landry Jones #12 of the Oklahoma Sooners throws a pass against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on October 27, 2012 in Norman, Oklahoma.  The Fighting Irish defeated the Sooners 30-13.  (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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There's only one reason that the Baylor Bears beat the Oklahoma Sooners last season: Robert Griffin III.

Without his dynamic play—and the fact that the Sooners ignored everyone else on the Bears roster—Baylor would still be winless against Oklahoma, something defensive end Chuka Ndulue acknowledged: (h/t ESPN)

With Baylor last year, we worried a lot about Robert Griffin. We focused so much on one person, we forgot about the other keys they had on offense. That pretty much just beat us. We just have to do what we're supposed to do and do our assignments.

Well, RGIII is gone, but Baylor still has a potent offensive attack, putting up more than 390 yards through the air (first in the country) and 43.8 points per game (fifth in the country).

Oklahoma's defense is very strong, allowing fewer than 18 points per game—something Baylor coach Art Briles is well aware of (h/t ESPN).

"They are good. They didn't wake up and just get good today; they have been good for a long time. They are very physical, very talented, and they are schemed up very well," said Briles.

The #Sooners defense has allowed only two TD passes and has forced eight INTs during the club's four-game #Big12 winning streak.

— Oklahoma Football (@OU_Football) November 8, 2012

On the other side of the ball, Baylor's defense simply isn't any good, something Baylor fan Daniel Tijerina notes on twitter, comparing the Baylor football team to the Lady Bears basketball squad:

Lady Bears win 80-34. The Lady Bears officially giving up less points per game than Baylor Football. #TrueStory

— Daniel Tijerina (@DSTijerinaII) November 9, 2012

The Bears allow 39 points per game, and going up against a Sooners' offense that is scoring nearly as many points per game as Baylor, 39.8.

Baylor will put points on the board—of that there's little doubt. But the Sooners defense can, and will, get some stops.

This game is in Norman, and Baylor's defense has no answers for Landry Jones and the Sooners' offense.

It won't be close—the Sooners will run (and throw) away with this one.