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Oklahoma State vs. Baylor Bears Preview and Prediction

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Here is everything you need to know about the upcoming Big 12 game in Stillwater, Oklahoma in our Oklahoma State vs. Baylor preview and prediction.

   

Broadcast info

Date: Saturday, October 14, 2017  | 2:30 PM CT  | Boone Pickens Stadium, Stillwater, Oklahoma

TV: FS1 (Justin Kutcher, Mark Helfrich, and Petros Papadakis)

Radio: Cowboy Radio Network (Dave Hunziker, Dave Holcomb, and Robert Allen

Radio: Baylor IMG Sports Network / John Morris, J.J. Joe, Ricky Thompson

Satellite Radio: Sirius (83); XM (83); Internet (83)

Internet Radio: http://okla.st/osutunein

A quick note:  If you’ve never been to Stillwater, Oklahoma on Homecoming weekend you should really make an effort to do so.  They call it “America’s Greatest Homecoming” for a reason.  The Friday night Walk Around to view the decorations put up by the Fraternities, Sororities, and Student Housing groups regularly draws over 100,000 people.  It’s a really cool atmosphere that’s part state fair and part pregame tailgate.  It’s well worth your time!

    

 

Key Players

Oklahoma State Cowboys

Justice Hill, running back

Last season as a true freshmen Hill got his first career start in a road game in Waco.  He ran well totaling 122 yards but also lost two fumbles twice, one inside Baylor’s five yard line.  Coming off a career high in both carries (30) and yards (164) in his last game look for him to run with passion to redeem himself for the loss to the Bears last year.

DeQuiton Osborne, defensive tackle

The senior has been the most consistent playmaker along a deep Cowboy defensive line.  The closest thing to a star in a group that has many above average players but no true standouts he is quietly having a year that may garner him All Big 12 consideration.  He moves in ways no one his size should be able to move and seems to be getting better every game.  It will go a long way towards helping the OSU defense if he can continue to collapse the pocket from middle against the Bears.

Baylor Bears

Zach Smith, quarterback

After starting the season as the back up Smith played poorly in his first start against Duke before lighting up the Oklahoma Sooners, going 33/50 for 463 yards and 4 touchdowns.  Although the Bears lost that game they have to be brimming with confidence that their new quarterback can keep the offense humming against the Cowboys.  With an extra week to prepare expect the Smith to have an even better understanding of how to run Matt Rhule’s offense than he did against OU.

Denzel Mims, wide receiver

Mims is averaging more than 20 yards per reception and more than 100 yards a game.  Against the Cowboys’ young corners the opportunity to continue with those kind of numbers should be there.  While trading punches with OSU’s offense wouldn’t be the ideal situation, Mims can help give the Bears a chance if they end up in a shootout Saturday, or in any other game this year.

    

 

Key Storylines

Oklahoma State Cowboys

The Cowboy’s powerful offense has been plagued by mistakes the last two games.  After having trouble moving the ball at all for most the game in a loss against TCU they couldn’t get anything going in the red zone in a hard fought win in Lubbock.  With two weeks to prepare and get healthy for Baylor will the Pokes come out on fire like they did against Pittsburgh or will they continue to stumble and shoot themselves in the foot against the dangerous Bears?

Baylor Bears

The Bears are winless but not for lack of trying.  After three embarrassing losses to start the season they pushed both OU and KSU until the very end in close losses.  With injuries, suspensions, and lack of depth starting to catch up with them can they put up another inspired effort against the talented but vulnerable Cowboys?  OSU is built to play with a lead.  If Zach Smith and the offense can put the pressure on early they will have a shot to pull the upset and ruin Homecoming in Stillwater.

Prediction

Oklahoma State 47, Baylor 21

After playing the Sooners and Wildcats close Baylor won’t be getting overlooked by the Cowboys.  Both teams having last week off should mean a well played games by both squads, but the Cowboys are far more talented and more importantly far deeper than the Bears.  The Bears play well on offense and Zach Smith proves he is the future at quarterback in Waco but ultimately the now healthy and reenergized Cowboy offense swallows up the Baylor defense.  An angry Justice Hill goes off for 200 yards which opens up the deep ball for Mason Rudolph again as Oklahoma State rolls to an easy victory.

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