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Baylor vs. Oklahoma GameDay

Baylor and Oklahoma square off in Waco, TX Saturday night in front of a national television audience. Both teams are looking to keep their playoff hopes alive, as the November schedule ramps up for the top contenders in the Big 12.

The stakes can't get much higher for both the Baylor Bears and Oklahoma Sooners Saturday night in Waco.  All that is at stake is a crucial victory in Big 12 play, and both teams keeping their national title hopes alive.  A loss by either team will likely end any hope for the College Football Playoff, unless things get really crazy.  The Sooners have one loss on their record already, while the Bears have been perfect so far in 2015.  Two teams, and only one winner will get to keep their national titles hopes alive.  

Media Information

Date Saturday, Nov. 14 |7 p.m. CT
Location Waco, Texas | McLane Stadium (45,140)
TV ABC (WatchESPN)
TV Talent Chris Fowler (pxp), Kirk Herbstreit (analyst), 
Heather Cox (sideline)
Radio ESPN Central Texas | Sirius/XM 84/84
Online Audio Listen Online
Live Stats Gametracker
Ticket Information Purchase Tickets
Game Notes Baylor Notes | Oklahoma Notes

Statistical Comparison

This is a matchup of the best offense in the Big 12 and the best defense in the Big 12.  Baylor's offense is the most powerful force in college football, leading the nation in scoring, yards per play, and almost any other metric you can think.  The Oklahoma defense has improved leaps and bounds over last year, especially against the pass.  The Sooners defense has been even better when it comes to the advanced metrics, ranking in the Top 33 of every category below.  They are stronger against the run than the pass, but it isn't by much. 

   When Baylor has the Ball 

 

Baylor
Rank
OU
Rank
AVG
Explosiveness
1.59 1 1.11 11 1.26
Efficiency
55.30% 1 35.90% 24 40.30%
Finishing Drives
6.04 1 3.88 16 4.66
Rushing S&P+
122.1 13 119.4 20 100
Rushing Success Rate
57.60% 1 35.80% 22 42.10%
Passing S&P+
133.2 7 130.5 8 100
Passing Success Rate
52.90% 2 36.00% 33 40.30%

On the flip side, the Sooners offense has started to find a dangerous rhyhtm.  They are starting to lean on an improving rushing attack, led by two dynamic runners.  The offensive line has held OU back at times, especially in pass protection, but it is a young unit that is starting to learn how to play together.  The Bears defense doesn't get nearly as much credit as it probably deserves. They are not a great unit, but they are not nearly bad as most people make them out to be.  They do a good job of taking away big plays, and force the opposition into tough situation.  They keep offenses off schedule just enough to force key stops.  The Bears strength is against rushing attacks, raning 28th in S&P+.  Their pass defense has not been as strong as last year, as the Bears pass rush has taken a step back this year.  

 When Oklahoma has the Ball

 
Baylor
Rank
OU
Rank
AVG
Explosiveness
1.24 63 1.38 19 1.26
Efficiency
37.30% 35 49.00% 9 40.30%
Finishing Drives
4.76 78 5.42 16 4.66
Rushing S&P+
116.3 28 109.3 44 100
Rushing Success Rate
40.20% 50 45.90% 35 42.10%
Passing S&P+
99.70% 65 131 10 100
Passing Success Rate
33.20% 15 51.80% 4 40.30%

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From the Other Side: Oklahoma

BearsIllustrated spoke with Brandon Drumm, The Football Braniacs, to learn more about the Sooners.

BearsIllustrated spoke with Brandon Drumm, The Football Braniacs, to learn more about the Sooners. The Bears welcome College Gameday to the Baylor campus, Saturday morning, in anticipation of their showdown with #12 Oklahoma at 7 PM, inside McLane Stadium. 

1. Since the Texas loss, OU has seemed to get more physical and are playing much more mean and aggressive. What was the message from Stoops after that game, and what do you attribute the great success to?

Stoops has been notorious for coming back, after a Texas loss, and gathering the troops for a late season push. Look at 2006 and 2008 as examples. Both seasons the Sooners lost to Texas and came back to win the Big 12. In 2013 they beat everyone, but Baylor and closed out the season with a convincing win over Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. All that said, all those teams had vocal leaders. Stoops is an excellent motivator, but it sure does help when you have your team leaders pushing his point. I think Stoops told them that if you win out, you have just as good a shot as anyone to make the playoffs. Tough sledding ahead for OU, especially with Baylor in Waco. 

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Baylor Looks for Championship Statement against Oklahoma

The 6th ranked Baylor Bears host the 12th ranked Oklahoma Sooners with the eyes of the College football world focused right on Waco, TX. College GameDay in the morning, with a national 7pm kickoff at night.

For the Baylor Bears, the entire season starts now. They did what they needed to do in the first 8 games of the year.  They beat up on overmatched teams, usually in very convincing fashion.  It is now time for November madness, with games against three ranked teams and legtimiate playoff contenders in the next 13 days.  First up is the Oklahoma Sooners who will visit McLane Stadium in front of a ramped up, and blacked-out Baylor crowd. 

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Baylor vs. Oklahoma Predictions

The Bears will face their stiffest competition to date, when the Oklahoma Sooners come in to town on Saturday night. We provide our predictions for the game, in what should be one of the premiere games of the college football season.

KEVIN BARRERA

BearsIllustrated Co-Owner and Recruiting Coordinator

This is a tough one. I do believe that Baylor is just a different team at home. Baylor hasn’t lost a home game in about 4 years. This is the toughest game that Baylor has had up to this point, and the same could be said for OU.

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Baylor Hosting Elite Talent Saturday

The Bears are not only involved in a game with CFP implications, but they will also play host to some elite recruiting talent as well. We break down who is coming, and the potential this game may have on those players.

Baylor has seen an improvement in their recruiting every year. Currently, the Bears have 15 talented commitments for the 2016 class. Several of these recruits are rated 4-stars, and are included in the Scout Top 300. But with a few more spots left, the Bears are hosting 4 official visitors, who could have a huge impact on the team next year, should they decide to sign with the Bears. 

Levi Onwuzurike, Jordan Elliott, Tyree Horton, and JaMarcus King. Lets break these recruits down:

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