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Know Your Enemy: Baylor

Know Your Enemy: Baylor

OU is out for revenge. Last year, the Sooners lost to Baylor, TCU, and Baylor. Their postseason hopes hinge on the final stretch, and their final three opponents have only one loss between them.

Baylor has absolutely owned Oklahoma in the last two games they’ve played, dominating by a combined score of 89-26. Baylor is undefeated so far this season, but they have shown some weaknesses. Their schedule is getting tough too: after hosting Oklahoma, they go on the road to Stillwater and Fort Worth to face two of the best teams in the nation.

The Baylor offense is on pace to be the top scoring offense in the nation for the third straight year at 57 points a game. The Bears have had somewhat of a weak schedule so far though, with their only quality victory coming over Kansas State, 31-24. Highly touted freshman Jarett Stidham has been thrown into the fold after one of the best quarterbacks in the nation Seth Russell had season-ending neck surgery. Against K-State, he looked poised and polished: he threw for 419 yards, three touchdowns with no interceptions. Corey Coleman is a legitimate Heisman candidate at the wide receiver position, something of a rarity. When you average 20 yards a catch, people tend to notice. Coleman has 1,178 yards and 20 touchdowns on the season. Running back Shock Linwood rounds out the offensive weapons nicely, rushing for 1046 yards and nine touchdowns.

Due to the excellence of Baylor’s offense, the defense has had an easy job so far. Their +11 turnover margin is impressive, but they struggle in the red zone. They also rank only eighth in the Big 12 in sacks. The Bears have given up 200 yards rushing on three occasions this season, so Semaje Perine and Joe Mixon will look to establish the running game.

All eyes will be on Baylor’s offense and OU’s defense. If the Sooners’ secondary (Zack Sanchez should make his return this weekend), they have a decent chance of coming out of this game victorious. Will Big game Bob, Baker and crew come to play?

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