In this feature SoonersIllustrated sat down with Scout.com's Baylor publisher Chris Bullajian to get the low down on the state of the BU program and some his thoughts surrounding this weekend's match-up between the two programs.
1.) Baylor is starting to pick up some steam. What is the reason for so much optimism in Waco?
Bullajian: "A new coach, an exciting quarterback, and a new offensive and defensive scheme. The new era in Baylor football has a lot of people in the world of college football talking."
2.) What does Baylor need to do to knock off the Sooners?
Bullajian:: "I think Baylor must be able to hold onto the football. While not turning the ball over is key in any game, fumbles and interceptions seem to be magnified when playing a team that can score as quickly as the Sooners. The Bears have to keep the game within striking distance headed into the 4th quarter. If they can do that, I think they will have a good shot to win this football game."
3.) It is fourth and goal from the three and the Bears are down by a touchdown late in the fourth quarter. Would you rather see Griffin run it or throw it and why?
Bullajian: "I would rather see Griffin run the ball in. Griffin has the ability to make things happen through the passing game and on the ground, but drops have plagued the Baylor receives somewhat this season. I say put the ball in Griffin's hands and let him fight his way into the endzone."
4.) Do you see a positional match-up in this game that would seem to favor the Bears over the Sooners?
Bullajian: "While I wouldn't necessarily consider it a positional match-up, I think the Baylor linebackers are as good if not better than any in the Big 12. Switching to the 4-3 defense from the 4-2-5 allows Baylor All-American linebacker Joe Pawelek to move to the middle linebacker spot. Additionally, it allows Antonio Jones and Antonio Johnson to flank him on the outside. The Bears are deep at linebacker as well with Earl Patin, Chris Francis, and Elliot Coffey all getting plenty of playing time. The athleticism at that position allows the Bears more playmaking ability, and it has been effective so far this season."
5.) Oklahoma has taken some lumps from a national perspective for their recent performances in BCS bowl games. What is the perception of OU from your vantage point?
Bullajian: "Oklahoma is a school with a great football tradition. Since the arival of Coach Stoops they have been a major factor not only in the Big 12, but on the national scene. Although Oklahoma may have had a couple of slip-ups in BSC bowl games, they have won the national championship recently. And that is more than a lot of schools can say."