By Derek Brown
Oklahoma State University will host the Big 12’s No. 1 team in the Baylor Bears on Saturday.
Baylor’s high powered offense will meet up with OSU’s turnover prone defense. The battle of the No. 4 and No. 10 ranked teams is sure to be a game that will be packed out. Not only will it be on ABC at 7 p.m. but ESPN’s College Gameday will be there.
Shockingly this year the Cowboys have struggled on offense. They are 38th in passing yards and 68th in rushing yards but they are 14th in points scored. On the defensive side the Cowboys have strived. OSU is 14th in points allowed this year.
The Bears are certainly known for their offense. Baylor has eclipsed the 70 point mark four times. Their lowest scoring game came against Kansas State when they put up 35 points. It’s not surprising at all that the Bears are third in passing yards, ninth in rushing yards and first in points scored. What a lot of people overlook is the fact that Baylor is seventh in points allowed. That speaks quite highly of their defense.
Baylor might be undefeated sitting at 9-0 and 6-0 in the Big 12 but OSU is 9-1 and 6-1 in conference play. The
Cowboys’ only loss was in week three at West Virginia. OSU’s loss was a long time ago and was on Sept. 28. A lot of things have changed from then and now.
OSU is 4-1 in their last five meetings with Baylor. Last year Baylor hosted OSU and won 41-34. The last three times that Baylor has come to Boone Pickens Stadium the Bears have been outscored 148-58 in those three losses.
This year Bryce Petty is 152 for 233 and 2992 and 24 touchdowns and only has one interception to his name. Those numbers are XBOX numbers. Good thing for OSU’s defense is that they have 19 interceptions. Something has to break, either Petty’s numbers or OSU’s defense.
JW Walsh leads OSU in passing with 113 completions on 190 attempts and 1333 yards and nine scores. Clint Chelf has gone 93 for 174 for 1222 yards and 11 touchdowns. Both quarterbacks have five interceptions a piece.
The matchup is very intriguing with numbers swaying in polar opposite ways. One has to give whether it is the Cowboys’ defense or the Bears’ offense. I’m going to say that Baylor’s offense won’t look quite as sharp but the Cowboys are going to have a tough time keeping up with the Bears.