BAYLOR VS. OKLAHOMA STATE PREVIEW: Bears trying to bounce back

Oklahoma State rolls in after victory over Texas last week.

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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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.