After a much needed week of rest, the Sooners are back in action this coming Saturday against Baylor. This begins the Sooners final 3 game stretch and their last shot at BCS title game contention.
This also marks the first game without WR Ryan Broyles. The Sooners have set Dejuan Miller to replace Broyles and join up with Kenny Still and Jaz Reynolds in the starting line-up. And Kenny Stills says he is ready for the challenge of replacing his mentor, Broyles.
I always put together clips of Ryan and the stuff he’s done. I just hope to duplicate those things and try to make plays like him. I feel like he’s been preparing me for this since I got here. I have to take advantage of the opportunity.
The biggest challenge for the Sooners on Saturday is going to be containing that Bears offense, which is one of the best in the country. QB Robert Griffin III and his main target, Kendall Wright are an offensive force not to be taken lightly.
Oklahoma will be facing another running QB; Griffin has 478 yards rushing and leads the Big XII in completion percentage with 74.2. Kendall Wright has 1073 yards with 81 receptions and 9 touchdowns, but has been down the last couple games, without scoring once.
Baylor started off the season very strong, but things have taken the typical Baylor turn and things have started to decline for the Bears. The mid-season meltdown is in full effect. They went into overtime last week with Kansas, a team they should have easily beaten with their offensive talent, and came back from a 21-point deficit to beat them 31-30. Silver-lining for the Bears is that they have won the last 5 home games, averaging 49 points per game.
Offensively, these teams are very evenly matched and would expect to be an offensive slugfest. This is when the Sooner defense needs to step it up.
Even though Baylor is 6-3, Griffin has been putting up outstanding numbers. Oklahoma’s defense will need to put pressure on from the start. It can’t be one of those 1st half Sooner slumps they have been putting on the last couple games. Sleepwalking in the first half and then turning it on for the second. If they allow Baylor to score early and often in the first half, it will be a battle to catch up in the second.
Baylor has never beaten Oklahoma, but this is the team with the talent to do it. If Oklahoma wants to stay in the Chase for 8, they need to execute and execute early.
The game is scheduled for a 7:00 CST kick-off and is going to be televised on ABC regionally.