Baylor (8-1, 5-1) at Oklahoma State (10-0, 7-0)
When: Saturday, November 21st 2015
Where: Boone Pickens Stadium, Stillwater, OK
Time: 7:30 ET | TV: FOX
Oklahoma State looks to keep their College Football Playoff hopes alive when they host the Baylor Bears in Stillwater. Oklahoma State might have been looking ahead last week as they had to rally to defeat Iowa State 35-31. The Cyclones had a 31-21 lead entering the 4th quarter, but the Cowboys rallied with two J.W. Walsh touchdowns (1 run, 1 pass) to keep their season perfect. The Cowboys improved their rushing game by rotating Walsh into the mix along with Mason Rudolph. Rudolph has thrown for over 300 yards in each of the last two games and totaled six touchdown passes. Walsh has been an extremely efficient 22-of-28 and 10 touchdowns this season. Wide receiver James Washington was held out of the end zone last week, but has 820 yards receiving and 7 touchdowns in his sophomore season. Oklahoma State and the rest of the Big 12 haven’t gotten any respect this season, but if the Cowboys can win today and beat Oklahoma next week, I can’t see the committee leaving them out of the playoffs.
Baylor was the front-runner in the Big 12 before suffering their first loss last week at the hands of the red hot Oklahoma Sooners. Freshman quarterback Jarrett Stidham threw his first two interceptions in last week’s 44-34 loss to the Sooners, and continued playing after suffering a back injury in the first quarter. Stidham had an MRI come back negative and is dealing with bruising and swelling as he prepares to make his third career start. Star wide receiver Corey Coleman was held out of the end zone for the first time this season and had only three catches for 51 yards. He has 1,229 yards and 20 touchdowns on the season and will need to have a big game for Baylor. The Bears actually still have a decent shot at winning the Big 12 if they win out against the Cowboys, TCU, and Texas. An 11-1 season would still result in a very good bowl game.
Expect a typical Big 12 shootout in Stillwater Saturday night with both teams going back-and-forth. This truly is a pickem game as the Vegas line would indicate. I’m going to take the home team and hope the Sooners win also in hopes of seeing a hyped up Oklahoma-Oklahoma State game next week.
Pick: Oklahoma State PK