A day of big games in college football, as you can see. Baylor and Oklahoma State is no exception. Every week in the BIG 12 showcases entertaining, fun football games. For those that despise arena football, the BIG 12 probably isn’t for you because it almost feels like arena football at times. The end result of these games usually come down to turnovers. Turn the ball over, and they’re left playing catch up the rest of the way because the other team just put a quick 7 up on the board. Baylor and Oklahoma State promises to be another exciting matchup in the BIG 12. The Cowboys have quietly moved all the way up to 6th in the country. This conference is looking like a three team race. Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and Baylor.
Remember there isn’t a conference championship game in the BIG 12, it is decided by regular season play. Therefore, the rest of the way is essentially their playoff for the conference. Beat Baylor tonight, and Oklahoma State is firmly in control of their own destiny. The win would give Baylor 2 losses on the season after getting downed by Oklahoma last week. Oklahoma has a loss to Texas, so that leaves Oklahoma State with the lone undefeated record.
The powerful Baylor offense is left limping a bit coming into this game. Starter Seth Russell was already knocked out for the year with an injury weeks ago, then entered Jarett Stidham, a talented 5 star freshman, but still a freshman. Then after taking a beating against Oklahoma last week he injured his back. His status is uncertain for Saturday, but I expect him out there playing hurt. Bryce Petty feels so long ago. If Stidham can’t play, that will leave the third stringer playing for Baylor at Oklahoma State Saturday night. Sophomore Chris Johnson will get the call. Johnson only has 4 completes for 44 yards in his career, which came last year. This will be the first start of his career, if Stidham can’t go.
It would be a hard pill to swallow for Baylor, who looked like the favorites to win the conference up until last week. Things were going so well and it completely fell apart. But we shouldn’t go that far, at least until if they lost this week. If they fall to 8-2 Baylor can call it a season. Baylor has the displeasure of playing this one on the road in Oklahoma. I can guarantee that the campus will be rocking at Oklahoma State for this important Saturday night thriller, and one of the most important games the Pokes have had in a while. Find my pick below.
Baylor Bears vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys College Football
@Oklahoma State -1(-110)
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Baylor vs. Oklahoma State Pick:
I have to admit, I didn’t believe in Oklahoma State before they started to play top tier competition. Then TCU happened, and they beat them easily, 49-29. You can’t discount that kind of win. Last week the Cowboys avoided losing in the sandwich game against Iowa State by a score of 35-31. That was a close call, but just coming off the TCU game and Baylor on deck, there was some expectations that it was going to be a close game. We’ll see how they come out against Baylor this week. Quarterback Mason Rudolph has paced the offensive attack, passing for 3161 yards and 18 touchdowns and 8 interceptions. In November he’s been spectacular with 6 touchdowns and no interceptions. His best start this season coming against TCU, where he lit them up for 5 touchdowns and 352 yards.
The Oklahoma State offense is averaging a whopping 43.6 points per game this season. Rudolph is also playing some of the best football of the season right now, when it matters most. The defense for Baylor is allowing 30.2 points per game, so they can be exploited that’s for sure. The key thing for me in this game is Stidham. Is he going to play? And if he does, in what capacity? Those are questions I cannot answer. However, from reports it seems like Stidham is going to be playing in pain. If Chris Johnson needs to go at quarterback for Baylor, this doesn’t look like a good environment for him to jump right into on the road on a Saturday night. Oklahoma State is the safe bet here. Let the controversy commence in the college football rankings.
PICK: OKLAHOMA STATE -1 (-110)