Published: Sun, November 17, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Oklahoma Sooners vs. Baylor Bears, 11/16/19 Predictions & Odds

Oklahoma Sooners vs. Baylor Bears, 11/16/19 Predictions & Odds

Baylor occupies tenth place in the FBS in efficiency of defensive passes, and has allowed only seven touchdown passes this season.

The Bears improved to 9-0 after defeating TCU in triple overtime on Saturday, but they have failed to make an impression on the CFP committee and are now the lowest-ranked of the five undefeated programs left in the FBS.

Bears coach Matt Rhule suggested the result spoke volumes for his team's resilience, as did the fact the win against TCU was the fourth time in conference games this season Baylor had won despite trailing in the fourth quarter. So I think that's a positive. It gave us the best chance to ensure we had body on body, and then use the penetration of the linebacker. "You have to go out there and play physical football and mentally be mistake-free". "That's what it takes to win".

No. 10 Oklahoma (8-1, 5-1 Big 12, No. 10 CFP) and No. 12 Baylor (9-0, 6-0, No. 13 CFP) meet in Waco, Texas. The two games that have been played at McLane Stadium thus far have been closer than those played in Norman, with Oklahoma averaging a nine point winning margin in those games, as opposed to 27 points in the corresponding home games for the Sooners.

This is the most visible game left on the calendar of the regular season of Big 12, and an opportunity for both teams to remain in the hunt for the college football eliminator.

On Defense: This is the matchup everyone wants to see. "It most likely comes down to routine toughness at this point".

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The three greats are alongside Jimmy Connors on that tally, while only Pete Sampras (six) has achieved it more often. He reached the semi-finals at all four Grand Slams in a season for just the second time in his illustrious career.

Junior running back Trey Sermon is out for the season with a knee injury suffered in last week's game against Iowa State.

"They're an old defense". We're going to do what we do and hope that our guys make more plays than their guys make, knowing that we're going to make plays and they're going to make a lot of plays too. "And they've moved a few pieces around, and those look like they have gone well for them". It took a odd game and three overtimes for TCU to be done away with, but the Horned Frog defense showed up in a big way, limiting a potent Baylor attack to just 273 total yards of offense. Baylor is getting to the quarterback 8.7 percent of the time, which is 21st in the country. Quarterback Charlie Brewer took control in overtime, tossing two touchdowns to senior receiver Denzel Mims and running for a three yard score. The 6-foot-5, 316-pound redshirt sophomore will be tasked with leading the OU line against a quality Baylor defensive line.

"I just think at the end of the game, they all came together, and I think they learned something as a team", Rhule said.

The OU defense, which seemed improved since last season, has played poorly in the loss to Kansas State and the near-loss to Iowa State. He threw an ill-advised interception late in the game that set up the ISU touchdown that nearly cost OU the game. Senior starting safety Chris Miller, an National Football League prospect, missed the TCU game because of an automatic one-game suspension for a third targeting penalty.

"We just have to keep our composure and just play the way we know how to play", Sooners safety Delarrin Turner-Yell said. Exactly what we expected it to be.

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