Big 12 Championship: Oklahoma Sooners vs. Baylor Bears

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Part One of the Oklahoma Sooners and Baylor Bears produced a classic. Part Two puts a championship on the line. Oklahoma’s looking to make it five Big 12 Championships in a row. Baylor seeks to win its first title since 2014, and first outright title since 2013. A playoff berth might be a long shot, but the winning team still has a chance.

Date: Saturday, December 7th
Start time: 11:00am CT
How to watch: ABC
Line: Oklahoma -8
Location: AT&T Stadium (Arlington, TX)


Impact players

Baylor Bears

QB Charlie Brewer
WR Denzel Mims
RB JaMycal Hasty
RB John Lovett
LB Terrel Bernard

Oklahoma Sooners

LB Kenneth Murray
QB Jalen Hurts
WR CeeDee Lamb
RB Kennedy Brooks
DE Ronnie Perkins

Baylor Bears Outlook

Baylor had Oklahoma right where they wanted them. Up 28-3, the Bears were in control of the game at home, but they couldn’t hang on. A furious second half comeback by the Sooners allowed the visitors to leave with a win. Now on a neutral field, Baylor can’t afford another collapse.

Charlie Brewer’s been one of the biggest surprises in all of college football this year. His 30 touchdowns are a career high, and his arm and legs give the Bears a dangerous threat at quarterback. Now, they just need to put together a complete game in order to win a championship. Brewer and the Bears jumped on the Sooners in the first half, but went quiet the entire second half. A fast start is needed, but they need to keep that pace. On the other side, the defense should utilize a similar formula.

Baylor forced three Jalen Hurts fumbles in the last game (two of them the Bears recovered), and need to do the same this weekend. It’s tough to slow down Oklahoma’s offense again, but limiting them for even a half does wonders. They did it earlier this year, and Baylor just needs their offense to show up for both the first and second half. Oh, and there’s an outside chance Baylor can get in the playoff.

Oklahoma Sooners Outlook

Returning to the College Football Playoff for the third consecutive year hinges on a win and a loss by a couple teams ahead of them. It won’t be easy, and the Sooners know Baylor’s capable of beating them. A first half like the game in mid-November cannot happen again. That falls mostly on their quarterback.

Jalen Hurts follows two of the greatest quarterbacks in Oklahoma history, and fans will be disappointed if he doesn’t bring the Sooners to the playoff. He controls this teams destiny, and taking care of the football becomes the biggest key for him. Turnovers ended drives for the Sooners, and two of them led to Baylor touchdowns. Keeping the underdog Bears in the game long enough gives them hope. It’s tough to beat a team twice, and the Sooners can’t afford another bad start.

Prediction

Both Oklahoma and Baylor can make the playoff with a win this weekend. Georgia and Utah need to lose as well, but there’s still hope. No one’s talking about Baylor in the playoff, so that would be the bigger surprise, but the Bears are worthy. Oklahoma found a way to win last time, and they aren’t worried about the pressure of winning a championship. If the Sooners limit their mistakes, it’s tough to see Baylor keeping up. OKLAHOMA 41 BAYLOR 31

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