First Look: Baylor

Bears bring inconsistent QB to Norman, where they've never won

This week was supposed to decide the Big 12 champion, with the winner earning a spot in the first college football playoff in the process.

It was expected to be a battle of unbeaten teams, two explosive offenses and aggressive defenses.

Instead, both teams have been marred by inconsistency that has knocked down a pair of once highly touted teams.

“Every week is different,” Baylor coach Art Briles said.

Oklahoma and Baylor, although both still ranked in the top 20, aren’t nearly where they thought they’d be eight games into the season.

A combined three losses would have been a high estimate for an entire season for these two teams. They’ve already reached that point.

There are still some similarities between the two teams. Unexpected mediocrity at the quarterback position has plagued both teams, and both the Sooners and the Bears are just two games removed from a surprising upset that put a jolt to their Big 12 title hopes.

Bryce Petty, an early Heisman contender, and Trevor Knight are both coming off strong performances in last week’s wins.

“I'm proud that his focus and his energy and his vision and his direction are right there right now,” Briles said of Petty. “Because he understands that it's going to be a great college football game between two great college teams that are playing.

“So that's exactly where he needs to be.”

In just his second season at the Bears’ starting quarterback, Petty isn’t where he needs to be. He’s posted the worst completion percentage and shortest yard-per-attempt average of his career – even worse than his spot duty as a freshman and a sophomore.

He has already tied his interception total from last season.

Petty injured his back in the Bears’ season-opening win against SMU, and even though he hasn’t missed a game, there has been speculation that it has caused him problems all season.

Baylor has its biggest problem this week in Norman. The game is in Norman, where Baylor has never won.

“We have to go up there together and it doesn't have to be pretty, but it's got to be ugly and we have to band together as a family and find a way to get a win,” receiver Clay Fuller said.

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