With back to back losses to in-state rivals, the Baylor Bears hit the road for possibly their toughest test of the season at Oklahoma. The Sooners are 7-2, and have won 6-straight games. They are the lone undefeated team in Big 12 play, and are playing their best football of the season right now.
That cannot be said about the Bears, who have fallen apart these past two weeks under the weight of scandal and turmoil. A close 35-34 loss to Texas preceded an absolute beat down at home by the hands of TCU. The Sooners beat both Texas and TCU earlier this year, and might be playing even better now. With quarterback Baker Mayfield having a career year, and the duo of Samaje Perine and Joe Mixon back and available for OU, the Bears are catching Oklahoma at a bad time.
Can the Bears find their way and their focus? Can they rise up once again and play up to their potential, something they completely failed to do against TCU? The Sooners are the most talented team in the Big 12, loaded with All-Americans on offense. What they have struggled with though is on the defensive side of the ball. This is a rebuilt Sooners defense, one that has struggled against passing attacks. They allow big plays in the passing game, and have struggled in the redzone. Those are two areas that Baylor has traditionally been strong at, but 2016 has not been the same. This is not the big-play passing attack Baylor fans are accustomed to, and this is an offense that has been below average in the red-zone.
But does any of that matter if the Bears can't find their focus and desire to win? Probably not.
25/25/17 BAYLOR (6-2, 3-2) at 9/9/14 Oklahoma (7-2, 6-0)
Nov. 12, 2016 | 11 a.m. CT
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- Baylor is 13-4 in true road games over last 3+ years, after going 7-17 in the previous 5 years.
- BU has won 19 of its last 25 played outside of Waco, including 10 of its last 13 Big 12 away contests.
- Baylor will be looking to win 3 games in a row in the state of Oklahoma for the 1st-time since beating OSU in 1939 and 1942 and then winning at Tulsa in 1947. BU is 13-27 all-time in the state.
- The Bears are 4th in conference and 16th in FBS in scoring offense, averaging 39.8 ppg.
- Baylor is 3rd in the Big 12 and 47th nationally in scoring defense, giving up just 25.0 ppg.
- Baylor is 19-7 over its last 26 games away from Waco when ranked.
- Baylor is 1 of only 2 programs (Alabama) to have a win over a top-10 team in each of the last 5 years.
Quick Look at Oklahoma
- Name of School - University of Oklahoma
- Location - Norman, Okla.
- Founded - 1890
- Enrollment - 30,813
- Nickname - Sooners
- School Colors - Crimson & Cream
- Conference - Big 12
- Stadium Name - Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium
- Field Name - Owen
- Field Surface - Natural Grass
- Official Capacity - 83,489
- First Year - 1923
- First Game at Site - Oct. 20, 1923 (OU 62, Washington, Mo. 7)
- Largest Crowd - 86,031 on Oct. 27, 2012 (Notre Dame 30, OU 13)
- Record at Stadium- 379-84-15 (.809) (1923-2015)
- Most Consecutive Wins - 39 (2005-2011)
- Bob Stoops - Head Coach (18th Season)
- Overall Record at OU - 179-46 (.796)
- Offensive Lettermen Returning - 22
- Defensive Lettermen Returning - 22
- Specialist Lettermen Returning - 2
- Lettermen Lost - 21
- Players Redshirted in 2015 - 18
- Seniors - 21
- Juniors - 25
- Sophomores - 29
- Redshirt Freshmen - 16
- True Freshmen - 20
- 2015 Final Record - 11-2
- Conference Record - 8-1 (1st, Big 12)
- Final AP Ranking - 5th
What Happened Last Time
The Baylor Bears fell 44-34 to a simply more physical and aggressive Oklahoma Sooners team. With starting quarterback Seth Russell already out, the Sooners attacked freshman Jarrett Stidham early and often (as well as after the whistle). The Oklahoma rushing attack carried the Sooner offense, out-rushing Baylor 286-186 in front of a College GameDay crowd to see the Bears first true test of the 2015 season. With Stidham hurting and making only his second career start, the Bears offense could never get on track against the Sooners. A costly facemask penalty on Travon Blanchard gave the Sooners new life on their last scoring drive, allowing them to stretch the lead to two scores, and put the Bears away.