The Four Most Important Games Remaining On The College Football Schedule
The top three teams of the Big XII did not start their meat of the schedule (and by meat meaning ranked competition) until last week in their own conference.
Baylor still has a legitimate chance to reach the playoff if they run the table undefeated. In other words, in a land of coaching copycats, why wouldn't Oklahoma run more with talented tailbacks Semaje Perine and Joe Mixon to keep its defense off the field - and reduce Baylor's opportunity to score?
"We have to make them uneasy", said Baylor coach Art Briles. Coleman has already broken the Baylor school record for touchdowns (14) as he has caught 20 this season.
Lebby, a former OU player and student assistant coach, attended the game during Baylor's open date. Against Tulsa the following week, Mayfield set the OU single-game record for total offense (572 yards; the most by an FBS player this year) and tied the school record by accounting for six touchdowns (four passing).
Giving up big passing plays is what broke the Sooners the last time they were in Waco and it will bury them again if they aren't careful.
"That's a game deal", Briles said. Granted, it's hard to get too jacked up about a team whose schedule includes SMU, Lamar, Rice and Kansas as wins, but none of that matters anymore.
Baylor is now ranked No. 6 in the current College Football Playoff standings and one of two Big 12 teams that is still undefeated at 8-0.
TCU's loss at Baylor came in last season's fifth game. "Tonight was a night I was expecting from her all season, and we really need her down the stretch". This eventually burned the Sooners in 2013 as they gave up a big day from Linwood. A win versus Oklahoma would surely fix that, as the Bears are desperate for a meaningful win. "I think they have quietly, consistently, obviously moved right to the top of the league Then they got everyone's attention with a tremendous victory over TCU this weekend". Texas was able to utilize a variety of different styles and options to run for over 300 yards, and the holes were there for the Texas Tech running game that had a little bit of success. Kansas is not likely to be within striking distance late in this game.
I'm not saying Baylor or Oklahoma State should necessarily be in the top four. QB Seth Russell had been a key running threat for the Bears before he suffered a season-ending neck injury.
Doing what they do the last two years resulted in two losses to Baylor by an average of 32 points. Boykin is also responsible for 224 of TCU's 420 points, which leads the FBS and ranks fourth with 29 touchdowns thrown, to go along with his eight scores on the ground. "We've been playing together as a team".
Just two more victories after that, and ISU is bowl-eligible. His understudy, true freshman Jarrett Stidham, had tossed just 28 passes in his college career, period. On Saturday, Oklahoma State (at Iowa State) will probably make it through another week.
In terms of the Baylor doubters, a smiling Drango said: "I can see why they're doing it. Apparently, we haven't played anybody good".
That leaves the question of how to attack Jarrett Stidham. Saturday's game feels like an elimination contest in the playoff race, and the victor will be in prime position for the season's final few weeks. They're rooting for the same teams to lose as Oklahoma is, but TCU is also rooting heavily against the Sooners this week. Opponents don't have to shut down the Bears, but they can beat them if they prevent the offense from exploding for 50 or more points. Their only title since was sharing one with Kansas State in 2012. Oklahoma is about to make a very, very big statement. It's surely worth noting that this is the shortest point spread that Baylor has had at home since 2012 - they haven't been less than -7 at home against anybody over the last three seasons.