Thursday night games are always weird, but Oklahoma took care of business against the Cyclones of Iowa State in order to sit atop the Big 12 Standings. Charlie Strong and the fighting Longhorns took down Baylor on Saturday, and that makes the Sooners the only team that’s undefeated in conference play. Who’s sitting behind them? Little brother, Oklahoma State, and it could come down to Bedlam, again, for the Big 12 title.
Even though the Sooners beat the Cyclones, they only beat them by 10 points, 34-24. Early in the second quarter, Iowa State even held a 17-14 lead over OU before Dede Westbrook scored on a 65-yard TD from Mayfield. After that, the Sooners never trailed, but OU had some younger players step up, and Dede made sure they were acknowledged.
“We’re short a few guys. But we had some young guys step in and take full control of the game,” Westbrook said.
Take full control, they did, and now it’s Baylor that sits in the Sooner’s crosshairs. Baylor losing to Texas over the weekend was a shock to anyone who has witnessed the Longhorns’ version of “football” that they have played over the last 6 weeks, but I don’t expect OU to have any easier of a time squeaking one out against the Bears than Texas did. The main reason for that, is still, the defense of Mike Stoops. If you can’t stop weaker teams in the Big 12 from scoring over 20 points on you, you’re going to have to score 60 like you did at Texas Tech in order to beat Baylor. The biggest issue that presents itself is that Baylor’s defense isn’t as bad as the Texas Tech’s. Honestly, it’s hard to find a team in a power five conference with a worse defense!
In the end, Oklahoma “controls its own destiny” if they can beat their next 3 games, who knows where the Sooners may finish. Just something to think about, as OU begins to try and protect its current reign of the Big 12.