Baylor vs. Oklahoma: Bears' Defense Will Stumble Again vs. Sooners

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Baylor vs. Oklahoma: Bears' Defense Will Stumble Again vs. Sooners
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It's not often that you average over 40 points per game and find yourself with a 4-4 record.

That is the case for Baylor this season, which has apparently forgotten that it doesn't have Robert Griffin III to save its defense anymore.

The Bears have averaged 43.8 points per game behind senior quarterback Nick Florence and a strong running game (fifth in the nation), but the way the defense has played, that hasn't been enough.

Baylor is allowing 39.1 points per game this season, 117th in the FBS. That is actually up from the 37.2 points per game the Bears conceded last season.

It's hard to say which part of the unit has been worse: the run defense or the pass defense. 

The Bears have allowed 4.68 yards per carry (88th) and 19 rushing touchdowns (tied for 99th) this season, via CFBStats.com. They have also allowed 7.8 yards per pass attempt (tied for 94th) and 24 passing touchdowns (tied for 120th).

They did hold Kansas to 14 points last week. Then again, the Jayhawks have averaged 16.9 points per game this season, 119th in the country.

Against the high-powered offenses of West Virginia, TCU and Texas, Baylor allowed a combined...wait for it...175 points.

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Besides Oklahoma's shocking 30-13 defeat to Notre Dame in Week 9, the Sooners have generally been a solid defensive team this season. They have allowed 17.8 points per game, 17th in the nation, and limited explosive Kansas State to 24 points back in Week 3.

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Oklahoma's run defense needs work, but its pass defense has largely been excellent this season. The Sooners have allowed 5.5 yards per pass attempt (tied for sixth) and three passing touchdowns (second) this season.

While Baylor can run the ball, its strong suit is passing the pigskin with Florence. That figures to be curbed against Oklahoma in Norman.

Baylor has to be pleased with its offense this season. The problem is, 43.8 points per game isn't enough to save this defense.

 

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