Tonight, #12 Oklahoma rolls into Waco, Texas to face #5 Baylor. Baylor is an absolutely outstanding team, they are first in passing, first in points scored, sixth in defense and seventh in rushing yards. Led by quarterback Bryce Petty who has 2,453 passing yards, I think that Baylor should win this game easily.
If Oklahoma wants to win they are going to need a big game from quarterback Blake Bell. Known as the Bell-Dozer, Bell has 1,348 passing yards and 245 rushing yards this year. Running back Brennan Clay, from San Diego, leads Oklahoma’s 17th ranked run game with 538 yards and three touchdowns. Jalen Saunders is Bell’s top receiving target with 35 catches for 431 yards and five touchdowns. Saunders, a Fresno State transfer, has shined since he got to Norman. Petty only has thrown one interception this season. Gabe Lynn leads Oklahoma with three interceptions, the Sooners need to force some turnovers if they want to win on the road.
Antwan Goodley and Tevin Reese are Bryce Petty’s top targets. Goodley has 38 catches, 894 yards and eight touchdowns. Reese is right behind him, he has 33 catches, 824 yards and eight touchdowns. These receivers are very good. Petty should be throwing to them all game and then the run game will work perfectly. Lache Seastrunk is one of a few very efficient Baylor running backs.This season he has 869 yards and 11 touchdowns on the ground.
This game will be long, it could be high scoring, but ultimately, Baylor should take this one pretty easily. When there passing game is on, they will be able to take a big lead and then run it more, where, who knows, but they could be even more lethal. This is Baylor’s third starting quarterback in as many seasons. Following in the tracks of Robert Griffin III, and Nick Florence, who led the country in passing last year, Petty is a great player who is looking to win the Big 12.
You can follow Thomas Frey on Twitter: @ThomasFreyRP