The Oklahoma Sooners (8-1, 5-1) look to continue their climb back into the BCS Championship Game, as they travel to play fellow Big 12 member, the Baylor Bears (6-3, 3-3).
The Sooners are sitting at No. 5 in the BCS Standings, waiting patiently for their epic game in Stillwater, OK against No. 2 Oklahoma State on Dec. 3rd, while Baylor is having one of the best seasons in their school’s history. The Bears need a win to improve their position in the Big 12 conference, resulting in a better bowl game.
Where: Floyd Casey Stadium: Baylor, TX.
When: Saturday, Nov. 19 at 8:00 p.m. ET
Watch: ABC, ESPN-3.com and ESPN Game Plan
Betting Line: According to Bodog.eu, it’s Oklahoma favored by 15.5 points. It’s going to be a shock to you, but take the Baylor Bears in this game. Oklahoma is coming into this game down one of their best players, in wide receiver Ryan Broyles, while Baylor has an explosive quarterback in Robert Griffin III.
Who Might Not Play For Oklahoma:
LB Tom Wort: Wort is questionable with an ankle injury that he has been dealing with for some time.
K Jimmy Stevens: Stevens is questionable with a bad quadricepss. If this game is close, having a hurt kicker may cause Oklahoma to miss out on a BCS bowl game.
WR Ryan Broyles: As noted above, Broyles blew out his knee in their last game. Broyles is out for the season.
Who Might Not Play for Baylor:
WR Kendall Wright: Wright is probable for Saturday’s game, as he is dealing with an ankle injury.
CB Tyler Stephenson: Stephenson is questionable for Saturday’s game with an ankle injury.
DB Demetri Goodson: Goodson has missed two straight games with an ankle injury. He is questionable this week with that same injury.
When the schedule came out, this game looked to be a blowout win for Oklahoma. However, after seeing how great this Baylor offense is, it's not certain that Oklahoma can keep up with the Bears if this game becomes a shootout.
Oklahoma has everything riding on this game. A loss, and their season is over. A win, and they still have an outside chance playing in the BCS Championship Game. A win for Oklahoma will keep them in contention for a BCS bowl game.
Oklahoma Player to Watch:
QB Landry Jones: Jones is now the best player on the Oklahoma offense. With the loss of Broyles, it will be on Landry to lead this team to a BCS bowl game. Landry needs to have a huge game for Oklahoma’s season to continue.
RB Dominique Whaley: With the passing game taking a big hit two weeks ago, Whaley becomes a big part of this offense. The Sooners will look to give Whaley a big portion of rushing attempts against Baylor.
WR Kenny Stills: Stills is now the number one receiver on this Oklahoma team. He will be Jones’ prime target in this game and going forward.
Baylor Player to Watch:
QB Robert Griffin III: RG3 has been Baylor’s best player this year, and will be the reason this Bears team pulls off an upset this week. Expect to see Griffin III be a big part of the Bears offense on Saturday.
RB Terrance Ganaway: Ganaway has had a good season this year. His 10 touchdowns and 889 leads the team in both major rushing categories. If Oklahoma bottles up RG3, it will be on Ganaway to lead the upset.
WR Kendall Wright: Wright has been Griffin III’s best option this year. In nine games, he has over 1,000 yards receiving and nine touchdowns.
Key Matchup: Baylor’s QB Robert Griffin III vs. the Oklahoma secondary.
In Oklahoma’s lone loss this year to Texas Tech, the Sooners were gashed through the air, giving up 452 passing yards. This does not bode well for OU this week, as Baylor is sixth overall in passing offense, averaging 357 yards per game.
Oklahoma has to watch for Robert Griffin III finding his big play receivers, like Wright, while also watching for Griffin III breaking the pocket to run for a big gain.
Prediction: Baylor gives Oklahoma a great game this week. However, the talent and skill of the Sooners will carry them to a close victory this week. Oklahoma survives and continues their drive for a BCS bowl game.
Oklahoma 45 - Baylor 42