Oklahoma vs. Baylor fearless prediction and game preview.
Oklahoma vs. Baylor Broadcast
Date: Saturday, November 16
Game Time: 7:30 ET
Live Stream: fuboTV (click to watch for free)
Venue: McLane Stadium, Waco, TX
Oklahoma (8-1) vs. Baylor (9-0) Game Preview
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Why Oklahoma Will Win
No, really. Have you seen what Jalen Hurts is doing?
America might have handed Joe Burrow the Heisman already, but with the national spotlight back on the Sooners, don’t be so fast to count out No. 1 once he gets a chance to reintroduce himself to the college football public.
Shhhhhhhhh, but he’s been better than Kyler Murray and Baker Mayfield.
He’s hitting 73% of his passes with 24 touchdowns and four picks, and he’s already up to a seemingly effortless 869 rushing yards and 15 scores. In full control of the attack, he’s about to hit a Baylor defense that’s been great, but struggled against the Texas Tech quick-hitting offense and hasn’t needed to get into too many firefights.
The Sooners might be a bit inconsistent lately, but when they’ve been on, they can turn the lights out in a flash. It helps that the O isn’t screwing things up along the way.
Baylor hasn’t been living on turnover margin, but it’s been a massive plus. The Oklahoma offensive style should negate the fantastic Bear pass rush, and Hurts isn’t going to make enough massive mistakes to matter – the Sooners have only lost the ball ten times so far. However …
Why Baylor Will Win
You’re dead against the Sooners if you can’t at least make Hurts move around a bit, and Baylor has the ability to get behind the line and not let him get too comfortable.
Of course Hurts is deadly when he’s in the open field or getting to improvise, but he doesn’t get enough credit for being able to simply go through his progressions and make the solid throw to spring the big play. Baylor can take that away.
There’s also the issue of a defense that’s starting to creep back into its old, ugly self.
For two games in a row, the Sooners were lit up by a solid Big 12 quarterback. Kansas State’s Skylar Thompson threw or over 200 yards and ran for four touchdowns in the win. Last week, it was Iowa State’s Brock Purdy who went off for five touchdown passes, a rushing score, and came within a two-point conversion of pulling off the massive comeback win.
This is Charlie Brewer’s moment.
Steady, he threw three picks against Texas Tech, one interception last week, and that’s been it for the turnovers. He’s cool under fire, can run enough to be a problem, and he’s got the weapons around him to let others do the work.
This might not be an explosive offense like Oklahoma has, but it’s been able to answer the call in tight battle after tight battle.
Oh, and by the way – looking at you, College Football Playoff committee – Baylor actually beat Kansas State. Oklahoma didn’t.
What’s Going To Happen
Don’t be totally stunned if we’re about to see Minnesota-Penn State II here.
Baylor doesn’t have a chance … it hasn’t beaten anyone … it doesn’t have the weapons and talent Oklahoma has …
All the talking points were used last week against the Gophers.
Oklahoma has only beaten two teams certain to go bowling – Texas and Iowa State – and both were massive battles. It lost to the other team on the slate that’s a lock for a swag bag game.
Baylor won’t have quite enough to pull this one out, but it’ll get a huge day out of Brewer and an offense that will slow it down just enough to keep Hurts on the sidelines. But Hurts will be the star of the show as he has enough highlight moments to cement him in the No. 2 spot in the Heisman chase.
Oklahoma vs. Baylor Prediction, Line
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