The Sooners traveled down to Waco today to face-off against the undefeated, powerhouse Baylor Bears. Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m. In the mean time, here are the important facts to consider for game day:
The Sooners had another strong offensive game against Iowa State last weekend, accumulating over 600 yards. It was Oklahoma’s third consecutive game with over 600 yards, which is the first time since 1971. The Sooners continued their high scoring streak as well. Oklahoma averages 58 points per game after the last four match ups.
QB Baker Mayfield spoke Monday said he is going to take this week personal and will take it upon his shoulders on the field against Baylor.
For the Sooners, continuing the run game is going to be a vital point for a Sooner victory. Mayfield said holding the ball and managing it at their own pace will be important to the Sooners. The starting QB said the offense is able to strike and score very fast.
RB Samaje Perine said Monday the offensive feels that it is able to run well “against anyone” — Perine later said the offensive will “make a big emphasis [on] running the ball” against Baylor.
Defensive End Charles Tapper said during Monday’s press conference, it will be key to stop the Bears in the run, and catch them in a predictable situation. Tapper said the Sooners have been able to do that with each team they have played in their four-game winning streak. The senior DE said the defense will not be able to sit back and read the possession, just to apply the pressure to red shirt freshman QB Jarrett Stidham.
The Sooners are welcoming CB Zack Sanchez back this weekend against the Bears. Defensive Coordinator Mike Stoops said the Sooners would not put the red shirt junior back in against Baylor without being 100 percent. Sanchez’s teammates, CB Jordan Thomas and Safety Steven Parker are ready to have their captain, and their alpha back in the game. Parker said, even from the sideline, the Candyman has not missed a beat.
Austin Seibert is now on the Ray Guy Award semifinalist list. The redshirt freshman is 12-15 for field goals, which is 80 percent. Seibert is 23-25 for extra points.
Head Coach Bob Stoops said Monday he is proud of how QB Baker Mayfield handles the ball and when he chooses to throw the ball. Stoops said Mayfield has “done a great job being smart with the football”.
Defensive Coordinator Mike Stoops said the Baylor offense may seem simple, but it is “very complicated”. Stoops said Baylor opponents have to set their defense against the Bears because they seem to have answers for every situation. Stoops said the Bears do a “such a good job”.
The Bears are a two-point favorite in Waco. The Sooners are ranked first on the ESPN Football Power Index and Baylor is ranked second.