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Sep 16, 2017; Norman, OK, USA; Oklahoma Sooners running back Trey Sermon (4) scores a touchdown in front of the Tulane Green Wave during the fourth quarter at Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

College Football Preview: Baylor Hosts Oklahoma

The winless Bears host the undefeated Sooners Saturday night as they open Big 12 Conference play. No. 3-ranked Oklahoma (3-0) look to keep on rolling with their hot start, while Baylor (0-3) looks for their first win in hopes of turning around their season.

A History of Mismatches

Nov 12, 2016; Norman, OK, USA; Oklahoma Sooners cornerback Jordan Parker (9) hits Baylor Bears wide receiver Ishmael Zamora (8) at Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Baylor and Oklahoma have faced for a total of 26 times, of which only 3 have been wins for the Bears. However, those 3 wins came rather recently. Baylor finally got the better of Oklahoma in 2011 and then added back-to-back wins in 2013-2014.

In the past, this matchup has for the most part not been a close one. In fact, only 4 times has the game been decided by less than 10 points, with the last time coming in Oklahoma’s 2012 42-34 win. Also, in the past 7 years, the winner of this matchup has managed to score 40+ points. For more stats on the history of this matchup click here.

Therefore, it’s fair to say that there will be plenty of offense on display at McLane Stadium Saturday Night.

Baylor Looking for the Huge Upset

Baylor have yet to claim a victory in three games this season. Now they face No. 3 Oklahoma, a big challenge considering it’s their first ranked opponent this season. Still, Coach Matt Rhule believes that fans should stick with the team even after the terrible start to the season they’ve had.

Since their home opener, the Bears have struggled to get their offense going against UTSA and Duke, scoring a combined 30 points. Now, their young offensive line will have to face Oklahoma’s physical defense, who have limited their opposition to 12. 3 points per game.

In addition, the Baylor defense will also have their plate full with Heisman Trophy contender Baker Mayfield and company. The Sooners’ explosive offense, who boast all kinds of options, will also be hard for the Bears to overcome. On the plus side for Baylor, after their disappointing defensive display against UTEP, their defense has improved, since they held UTSA to 17 points and Duke to 27.

Taking down a Top 5 opponent will be a large task, and luckily Baylor saw some important faces return to practice this week.

The return of  RB Terence Williams, CB Grayland Arnold, and Safety Taion Sells will benefit the Bears. They hope to make an impact after watching the first three games hopelessly from the sidelines.

Oklahoma’s Confidence at a High

With Baker Mayfield leading the way, the Sooners have enjoyed the probably the opposite of the Bears’ start to the season. They’re averaging 47.7 points per game and allowing an average of 12.3 points. Most importantly, they boast a versatile offense.

With a dynamic offense, the No.3 ranked team enters their Week 4 matchup with a lot of confidence. A lot of it is because of their week two, 31-16 win, against the then No.2 ranked Ohio State Buckeyes.

Sep 9, 2017; Columbus, OH, USA; Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) drops back to pass the ball in the first half of the game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Heisman-watch quarterback, Baker Mayfield has enjoyed some wonderful play. He has a total of 1,046 passing yards with a 76.8% completion rate and 10 touchdowns on the season. He also put up a dominant display of  386 yards and 3 touchdowns against Ohio State’s defense. More stats on Mayfield and the Sooners can be found here courtesy of ESPN.

This week red-hot Oklahoma will face a struggling team in Baylor, who have yet to beat an opponent this season. With all the offensive weapons at Mayfield’s disposal, it is probably safe to assume that this will be a high-scoring game.

When and Where to Watch

Oklahoma puts the nation’s longest active streak on the line as they look to make it 14 games without a loss when they travel to Baylor. The game is set to kick off at 6:30 PM EST and will be broadcasted on Fox Sports 1.

 

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