Tulsa playing Kansas - an interesting barometer

Last weekend, the Baylor Bears jumped on the Tulsa Hurricane and led 30-6 at half-time. This was the same Hurricane that the Oklahoma Sooners only led 3-0 at half-time of their game. Now that same Hurricane will meet the Kansas Jayhawks. What we have now is Baylor's last opponent playing against Baylor's next opponent. Those that follow the Bears will be paying close attention to this barometer which could provide an early indication of how next week's game might go.

Last week, when Baylor hosted the Tulsa Hurricane, the media referred to it as a "pillow fight." If that was the case, then surely this weeks' game might be referred to as the "marshmallow bowl."

In the second half of last week's game, due primarily to some Baylor miscues, the Hurricane had some success defensively and moving the football. Their coach praised his team saying that the second half showed everything his team had the potential to be, and that he felt that the team fought hard. However, the Hurricane is still winless on the season, owning the nations longest winning streak at 14 games. Don't think they are devoid of talent, however. Their quarterback, Tyler Gooch was intercepted once by the Bears - it was his first and only interception of the season.

Meanwhile, Kansas was getting its first win of the season over Southwest Missouri State, a division 1-AA school from the Gateway Conference. With 2:51 left in the third quarter, Kansas only lead 27-24, so the game was closer than the final score may have indicated. In any event, Kansas got a win and will be looking to avoid being the team to break the Tulsa losing streak.

The Baylor faithful will be looking on to try and get an indication of how likely, or unlikely the Bears' chances are the following week of breaking a string of their own. Baylor is 0-24 against Big 12 foes since Coach Steele took the program over from Dave Roberts who managed at least one conference win in each of his two seasons while leading the Bears. One of those wins came against this same Kansas team on October 10, 1998 when the Bears won in Waco, 31-24. Ironically, that was also the last time the Bears defeated a team from the Big 12, so there is much on the line.


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