Oklahoma Game Prep - Predictions

It is prediction time. Here is what the BearsIllustrated.com staff has to say about the big game tonight where the 5th ranked Baylor Bears host the 13th ranked Oklahoma Sooners.

Predictions

Massey Ratings – Bears win 49-34

RealTime RPI – Bears win 48-22

TeamRankings.com – Bears win 43.8 – 29.2

Chris Bullajian, BearsIllustrated.com Publisher – Bears win 38-34

The common phrasing goes something like this: Baylor hasn't played anybody yet. Well, Thursday night Baylor has a chance to show something to those out there that don't believe. A lot rides on this game in terms of national respect. Baylor has not been in this position before as a program with so much riding on the line. With a full house expected at Floyd Casey Stadium in Waco, Texas, the key will see which team comes out the fastest and most efficient.

Tempo will be the name of the game in this matchup, and the team that controls it will win. I expect a close game and a lot of passion and emotion. I think this could be a toss-up, but am picking Baylor with the home field advantage. Baylor 38 Oklahoma 34.

Steve Brischke, BearsIllustrated.com Administrator – Bears win 45-27

We have all had a few months to consider this game. The overarching thing for me is this - Baylor has fired on all cylinders from the moment the season started, while OU has had some highs and lows and lots of injuries along the way. Certainly its football and anything can happen, but it appears that Baylor will hold many advantages in this game - including intangibles like momentum, crowd support, and knowing that they are in the hunt for their first BCS bowl. The X's and O's suggest OU will try to run on Baylor and control the clock - and it may come down to that and whether Baylor can force OU out of that with an early lead. But if the intangibles continue in Baylor's favor, the X's and O's won't matter as much - Baylor 45, OU 27.

Kevin Barrera, BearsIllustrated.com Contributor – Bears win 52-34

This will be the biggest game in Baylor Football and Floyd Casey Stadium history, and rightfully so. When you have two top 10 BCS teams, you throw the record books out of the window. I find myself wondering how the players temper their emotions leading up to a game like this, but the good thing is is we have a Coach in Art Briles that is a master of turning this exact situation in to a "world against us" mentality. Oklahoma has suffered three huge losses, both on the offensive and defensive sides of the ball. Those losses change the way you scheme a game. This is a huge advantage for Baylor. Aside from some nerves early in the game, the Bears will continue their punishing ways on offense and play suffocating defense. Not many things have gone wrong for Baylor, this year, and that can be a good thing or bad thing. I don't expect much to change, in the way Baylor plays at home. Oklahoma will make it a game early, but Baylor just has way too many weapons on both sides of the ball. That will be the difference in a huge Baylor victory!

Tim Watkins, BearsIllustrated.com Writer – Bears win 49-35

Call this the first to 40 win games. As you saw in the Fun Stats section, both teams have been nearly unbeatable when they get to 40 points. If you had to bet on an offense to get to 40 points in this one, it would be the Bears every time. Baylor's ability to control the line of scrimmage and run on a 6-man front will be the difference in this one. Getting a quick lead, the Bears defense will get to its strength, stopping a one dimensional passing attack.

With a packed crowd in the penultimate game in Floyd Casey Stadium, the Bears will send their #BlackOUt fans out in style with a late touchdown run by Lache Seastrunk extending the lead to 14 and putting the game away.


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