Cloudy Crystal Ball: Game 9

A big game is primed for a big performance from a few Soooners

Each week of the college football season brings its own set of crazy predictions. Some are out of this world. Some are just lazy and will definitely be achieved. We at Sooners Illustrated have our own set of weekly predictions. See what appears as we gaze into our cloudy crystal ball for Oklahoma’s Game 9 matchup against Baylor.

Oklahoma finishes the game with more rushing yards than Baylor . . . The Bears and the Sooners, especially after last weekend, have the top two rushing attacks in the Big 12 Conference. Both are also in the top 25 in the country, averaging more than 300 yards. Baylor’s Shock Linwood leads the conference with 97.1 yards per game, and Samaje Perine’s average of 95.9 is in second place. Both teams are also in the top three in run defense – so no real edge there either. With Keith Ford back at full health, Oklahoma has a chance to roll its full arsenal.

Trevor Knight backs up his best performance of the season with another strong showing . . . It’s hard not to look at Knight’s performance against Iowa State and rank it as one of his best – right up there with the Sugar Bowl. It was his second-highest QBR and completion percentage of the season. It was also the most touchdowns he accounted for in any single game. He has a chance to match that type of quality not the numbers, but it’ll be tough. Baylor is in the top four in passing defense, rushing defense and total defense. If Knight can settle in, use his legs first and not force big plays in the passing game, he has a chance. This game will be a step in the maturation process of a still young quarterback – one with only 13 starts to his ledger. It becomes his second coming.

Alex Ross breaks the game open with a big play . . . In big games like this between two really strong teams, it’s one or two plays that makes the difference. With Ross’ speed, he’s a prime candidate to make that play. He has been quieted a little in the kick-off return game, and that could be Baylor’s downfall. Maybe the Bears forget about him. Maybe they accidentally hit it in his direction. Maybe they decide to test Ross. Either way, he brings one back. It might not be for a touchdown, but Ross will put the Sooners’ in the red zone.

What are your predictions?

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