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Know Your Enemy: Baylor Bears

Know Your Enemy: Baylor Bears

Oklahoma Looking To Extend Nation’s Longest Win Streak In Waco

WHO: Baylor Bears (1-2)

WHEN: Saturday, September 23rd @ 5:30 PM CT

WHERE: Waco, Texas

HOW TO WATCH: Fox Sports One

SCOUTING Baylor: You could be the biggest Matt Rhule fan in all of college football, but the Baylor Bears are just not a quality football team in 2017. The mess that Art Briles left is too much for Rhule and his staff to deal with this soon. With losses to Liberty (FCS), UTSA, and Duke to start the season, it is easy to see why there is confidence that this Oklahoma team will have no issues in Waco.

Luckily for defensive coordinator Phil Snow, expected starters Taion Sells and Grayland Arnold will be playing for the first time this season. The injury situation was dire for the first three weeks, but much needed help has finally arrived. The Bears are struggling t0 stop the run as they have given up over 200 yards of rushing in each game against UTSA and Duke. With Oklahoma’s offensive line playing at a high level, Baylor should have all sorts of issues figuring out how to slow down a run game that has been consistent to this point. Lincoln Riley’s offense is like a puzzle that Snow will need to quickly put the pieces together if they plan to stand a chance in this one.

To keep piling on, this Baylor offense has struggled immensely. Only scoring 34 points over the last two weeks just won’t do it in the Big 12. Fortunately for Rhule, Terence Williams is healthy and will make his 2017 debut against Oklahoma. Williams was the bright spot on the Baylor offense last year as he rushed for over 1000 yards. Unfortunately for Rhule, the quarterback play has been atrocious. Zach Smith threw three interceptions against Duke last week, but that is only half of the interceptions that have been thrown so far between him and Anu Solomon. With an Oklahoma defense putting an emphasis on forcing turnovers, Baylor will need to make sure to take care of it.

One thing that the common fan will notice with Baylor is their energy and effort. These guys play extremely hard and it is easy to see why many gravitate towards Matt Rhule and his staff. However, this one won’t be close. Oklahoma is the superior football team by a large margin and anything less would be an absolute letdown.

 

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