and pass rusher Donald Booker
vs. Baylor offensive tackles Dan Gay and Jason Smith
I am really impressed with Smith, who NFL Draft guru Mel Kiper believes is a high pick in the 2009 Draft. Both Smith and Gay have made it much easier for freshman Robert Griffin by sealing off the outside pass rush and allowing Griffin to break off on quarterback scrambles with a comfortable head start and cushion.
Chinasa, Burton and Booker must contain. Chinasa, and especially Booker, bring speed to the matchup and those two could end up having a lot of fun, especially Booker as neither Gay or Smith can keep up with the 4.55 defender.
Advantage: Even - I think the wins here will even out over the course of the game. It is what each side does with those plays where they win this matchup that will count.
vs. Baylor cornerbacks Antareis Bryan and Dwain Crawford
The Baylor corners are going to have a hard time, especially against Bryant. He is big time.
Advantage: OSU - Bryant is too good and Damian Davis is bucking to join him.
The Cowboys might not pass block quite as well as OU, but they will run block much better. If OSU can't run then you might panic, but I would be shocked if Kendall HUnter, Keith Toston, and Beau Johnson don't have plenty of room.
Advantage: OSU - It's the offensive line. They may need to start considering a nickname.