The plan is to continue to monitor the concussion protocol with Daxx Garman. If Garman cannot go, then Mason Rudolph will have to play and break the redshirt that he's worn for the first 10 games of the season. You have to put that best foot forward in an effort to win. How will Rudolph fare if he indeed gets his first collegiate start in Waco?
His high school head coach, Kyle Richardson, like everybody else, is hoping he can keep the redshirt. But Richardson believes Rudolph will play his best. It is still a major leap to starting in high school in South Carolina, even at a high level, to playing a top-10 team in the Big 12 on their home field.
You can always hope, and what I do like about Rudolph, while I would prefer he not have to play, is that he has had a lot of time to learn the offense, has seen a lot of Big 12 football, and he is a big, strong kid that has some mobility.
OSU-Baylor Key Matchups
OSU defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah
vs. Baylor left tackle Spencer Drango
One of the best offensive tackles in the Big 12 in Drango goes against one of the most athletic and explosive defensive ends in the Big 12 in Ogbah. This will be worth watching, and the Oklahoma State defense is the key here as they will have to slow down quarterback Bryce Petty and the Bears offense. Ogbah and his pass rush goes a long way toward doing that.
Too Close to Call
OSU offensive left tackle Daniel Koenig
vs. Baylor defensive right end Shawn Oakman
Oakman is 6-9 and 290 pounds and is really athletic and strong. Koenig is the most experienced Oklahoma State offensive lineman and also has good size. The problem is that Koenig has not played well or near his previous standard as of late. Whether it is Daxx Garman, who has been hit way too much, or Mason Rudolph seeing his first action as a college quarterback, he needs to avoid meeting Oakman face-to-face. Right now, Oakman is a heavy favorite to win this matchup.
Heavy to Oakman
OSU cornerback Kevin Peterson
vs. Baylor wide receiver Corey Coleman
I love a good battle on the perimeter and this should be yet another for Peterson. He has won two this season with West Virginia's Kevin White and TCU's Kolby Listenbee. He lost the matchup with K-State's Kevin Lockett. This would mark a win over the hottest receiver in the Big 12.
Too close to call
I would love to pick a better and a closer outcome but the way these two teams have played recently this is the most logical prediction. Baylor is very explosive and playing well on defense as before the Bears open week they dominated and crushed Oklahoma in Norman. Oklahoma State is on a four-game losing skid and the losses to TCU and Kansas State were not even close. The only possibility is the change in quarterback will ignite a new wave of success in the offense.
No. 7 Baylor 49, Oklahoma State 10
Big 12 Predictions
No. 11 Kansas State 24, West Virginia 21
No. 21 Oklahoma 31 , Kansas 20
Texas Tech 34, Iowa State 24
Last Week: 2-1 (straight up) / 1-2 (against the spread)
Season Total: 53-10 (straight up) / 36-20 with a push (against the spread)
Note: Not all games have point spreads as FBS vs. FCS games often don't.
Last Week's Results
@Oklahoma State 20, Texas 13
Actual Score: 28-7 Texas
No. 4 TCU 51 , @Kansas 10
Actual Score: 34-30 TCU
Oklahoma 24, @Texas Tech 23
Actual Score: 42-30 Oklahoma