BAYLOR AT OKLAHOMA PREVIEW: Bears aim for road upset
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.