BAYLOR VS. OKLAHOMA STATE PREVIEW: Bears trying to bounce back
Baylor hosts Oklahoma State at 11 a.m. CT on Saturday at McLane Stadium in Waco. The visiting Cowboys are a 6.5-point favorite and ESPN's Matchup Predictor gives Oklahoma State a 65.8-percent chance to win.
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PLAYERS TO WATCH
QB Jalan McClendon took over for Charlie Brewer when Brewer suffered a head injury against West Virginia. McClendon made plays with his arm and legs as he finished with 183 passing yards and 22 rushing yards with a TD.
WR Jalen Hurd posted 58 yards on 5 touches in the loss to West Virginia. He caught 3 passes for 38 yards and rushed for the rest. The Bears need to find a way to up his touches.
S Verkedric Vaughns led Baylor with 6 tackles against West Virginia. Although Baylor is struggling on defense, Vaughns stands out as play-maker.
LB Blake Lynch had another highlight versus the Mountaineers as he came up with a sack for 15 yards among 3 tackles. He ranks sixth in the Big 12 with five sacks this season.
SERIES HISTORY: Oklahoma State leads the all-time series, 20-16. Last season, the Cowboys snapped a three-game losing streak in the series with a 59-16 victory at home.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "(Oklahoma State quarterback Taylor Cornelius is) such a big, physical guy that sometimes you don't recognize how good of a runner he is. He's got a big-time arm. Anytime you have a quarterback that can run and is used in the run game, it eliminates one defender who now has to play the quarterback. It just adds a whole other level of preparation. He can definitely do it and he played really well on Saturday.” – Baylor coach Matt Rhule.
KEY MATCHUP: Baylor QB Charlie Brewer (or Jalan McClendon) vs. Oklahoma State secondary. The Cowboys rank 98th in the NCAA in passing yards allowed at 2,084 in 8 games. The Bears have the weapons to exploit that Oklahoma State weakness. Whether it’s Brewer or McClendon, they need to find their targets and get the Cowboys on their heels.
--QB Charlie Brewer left the West Virginia game with a head injury and is in the concussion protocol. His status for the Oklahoma State game will be determined later in the week.
--WR Denzel Mims came out of the Texas game with leg cramps in the second half. He was back in action against West Virginia.
--CB Grayland Arnold has missed the last three games with an ankle injury. He’s doubtful this week against Oklahoma State.
--LG Xavier Newman suffered a high ankle sprain in the win over Kansas and has missed the last four games. He’s questionable this week versus Oklahoma State.