BAYLOR AT OKLAHOMA PREVIEW: Bears aim for road upset

Bears defensive tackle Bravvion Roy (99) and Oklahoma Sooners running back Abdul Adams (23) in action during the game at McLane Stadium. The Sooners defeat the Bears 49-41.Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports


Baylor travels north of the Red River for a 2:30 matchup with sixth-ranked Oklahoma.

The Sooners are a three-touchdown favorite and according to ESPN's Matchup Indicator, Oklahoma has a 90-percent chance to win.

But the Sooners needed overtime to dismiss Army last week. Do the Bears have an upset up their sleeves?

SERIES HISTORY: Oklahoma leads the all-time series versus Baylor, 24-3. All of Baylor’s wins against the series have come since 2011, but the Sooners have still won three straight.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "We've been running a little bit of triple option here and there. We ran a couple last week. But, I don't think [Oklahoma] is going to be too worried about that from us after seeing it last week with Army.” – Baylor coach Matt Rhule on this possibility of following Army’s game plan against Oklahoma.

KEY MATCHUP: Baylor front seven versus Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray. The Bears struggled against Duke dual-threat quarterback Quentin Harris two weeks ago and Murray presents a similar threat. Murray has the play-making ability to burn undisciplined defenses and Baylor has given up a few big plays this season. The Bears defensive line and linebackers need to corral Murray before he gets into the secondary.


--LG Xavier Newman suffered a high ankle sprain in the win over Kansas. Rhule doesn’t expect him to be available this week.

--WR Tony Nicholson asked for and was granted his release from the program last week. Nicholson didn’t have a catch through three games and was limited to three punt returns for 34 yards.

--LT Josh Malin was helped off the field versus Abilene Christian with a knee injury. Mallin has been diagnosed with a sprained MCL and will miss at least four weeks. Rhule said he hopes to get Mallin back in practice in the next couple of weeks.