Strong suits, advantages, strengths. All words used to describe the Baylor offense and Oklahoma State defense. Entering Saturday the Bears (9-1, 6-1) travel to Stillwater this weekend to take on an undefeated OSU team that hasn’t lost to Baylor at home in over 70 years. This matchup will feature a team that is known for it’s highflying offense against a team that leaned on their defense, in a change of roles, most of the year.
Baylor will need to play their game and put up points to beat the Cowboys, something they haven’t been able to do in their last two trips to Stillwater, and something they couldn’t do at times against OU. Baylor uses their athletes to exploit one-on-one advantages to make plays. That is something Oklahoma State will hope to negate with their athletes. The most notable of these matchups will be the Baylor WR corps versus the Oklahoma State secondary. If Peterson, Lampkin, Richards, and the rest of the OSU secondary is able to win their matchups versus Corey Coleman and KD Cannon the Pokes have the same success they had in stopping the TCU offense, if not it could be a long night for Cowboy fans.
With the injury to Seth Russell forcing Jarrett Stidham to step in the Big 12 race became a little more open. The Sooners took advantage of this last weekend and the Cowboys will look to do the same versus a Stidham that is banged up as well. Earlier this week Stidham’s availability for this contest was in question. Now even though he is going to play, if he cannot play up to 100% capability than the Cowboys defense led by defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah, could have a heyday. Stidham will need good protection up front against an incredible Oklahoma State defensive line.
Baylor’s ability to get the ball to their playmakers in space will largely determine who wins this contest. If Oklahoma State can get a good push up front and strong secondary play they will walk away from this game undefeated and headed into a Bedlam matchup with a possible playoff birth on the line. The game will be decided when both these units are on the field. Strength versus strength. Advantage versus advantage. Strong suit versus strong suit.