NCAAF Week 11 Sneak Peek – (12) Baylor at (19) Oklahoma

The No. 12 Baylor Bears (6-1, 3-1 Big 12) and No. 19 Oklahoma Sooners (5-2, 2-2 Big 12) both suffered tough losses in week 9 and now find themselves looking up in the Big 12 standings. In week 11, they will meet at Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma (Saturday, November 8).

The No. 12 Baylor Bears (6-1, 3-1 Big 12) and No. 19 Oklahoma Sooners (5-2, 2-2 Big 12) both suffered tough losses in week 9 and now find themselves looking up in the Big 12 standings. In week 11, they will meet at Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma (Saturday, November 8).

For Baylor, the goal for the season is to remain a one-loss team and pray for a berth in the inaugural College Football Playoff.  Their road loss against West Virginia bumped them down quite a few spots in the rankings (from No. 4 to No. 12), but the Mountaineers also have road wins over Oklahoma State and Maryland, and now find themselves at No. 22. If the Bears can finish the season with the West Virginia game as their only blemish, they have a good chance at a playoff spot.

The Bears’ offense ranks second in the nation in points scored averaging 49.0 per game; through the air, Baylor is seventh best in the FCS, averaging 349.9 yards per game; the ground game is a force, as well, averaging 229.1 yards per game (22nd in the nation). Quarterback Bryce Petty has an outside shot at the Heisman, though his stock fell after the loss to West Virginia.

In week 10, Baylor hosts Kansas. After taking on Oklahoma in week 11, the Bears will face Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, and, lastly, No. 11 Kansas State in what could amount to a play-in game if both teams can stay at one loss.

After four games this season, Oklahoma found itself ranked No. 4 in the nation. Since then, the Sooners have dropped two of their last three. Three weeks ago, they lost a 37-33 shootout to the TCU Horned Frogs. Last week, Bill Snyder – as he does to so many teams in the Big 12 – got the best of the Sooners in their own house, as Kansas State triumphed 31-30 in Norman.

The Sooners defense has looked vulnerable of late. After starting the season averaging just 11 points against through three games, the Sooners have given up over 31 per game over their last four, including 26 to the rather offensively challenged Texas Longhorns.

Oklahoma faces Iowa State in week 10 before the showdown with Baylor.

Oklahoma has dominated the recent history, winning 16 of the last 18 meetings. However, Baylor was a college football afterthought until Robert Griffin III put them on the map in 2011. And, last season, Baylor took a 41-12 win, covering as 16.5 point favorites.

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Frank Lorenzo

MTS co-founder Frank “Let It Ride” Lorenzo has been betting on sports since he was legally allowed to do so. (Did he do so before then, too? No comment.) He enjoys very strong coffee, neon lights, and passing on his wealth of betting knowledge to anyone who will listen.