No. 6 Oklahoma is rather lucky to be able to enter Week 5 of the season still undefeated. Last week, on the unorthodox viewing option of pay-per-view, the Sooners survived a scare from a stout Army team in overtime. It wasn’t the ideal position to be in, but ultimately, the favorites to emerge victorious in the Big 12 once again came out with their unblemished record intact.
Up next is Baylor, which gave Oklahoma problems even as a one-win team a year ago. Off to a 3-1 start to the year, though, this already seems like a pretty improved Bears team under coach Matt Rhule. A huge upset victory over the Sooners on Saturday would definitively show everyone just how improved this team is.
Date: Saturday, Sept. 29 | Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
Location: Memorial Stadium — Norman, Oklahoma
TV: ABC | Live Stream: You can stream the game on
Baylor vs Oklahoma
Baylor: The Bears are already halfway to bowl eligibility, and they should realistically be flirting with it by November. Can Matt Rhule’s team steal a win on the road? The last time Baylor beat a ranked conference opponent was in 2015 (at No. 6 Oklahoma State 45-35). The last time it beat Oklahoma was in 2014. The Sooners can score a lot and in a hurry, so not getting overwhelmed at the start is important.
Oklahoma: Can the Sooners get back into a rhythm and take care of business? Trey Sermon has done a nice job stepping into the starting running back role, so there’s little concern there. But what about the defense? Iowa State and Army had success on offense with two very different game plans, and Baylor has firepower. The perpetual issue with a team of Oklahoma’s caliber is that it usually gets everyone’s best punch. However, the Sooners have cut it close for two straight weeks.
Baylor vs Oklahoma How to Watch Online
A week ago in Norman, the Oklahoma Sooners took on the country’s best and brightest when a disciplined, high-character Army squad came to town and almost pulled off the unthinkable upset. This afternoon, OU will take on the Baylor Bears.
As Matt Rhule in his second season continues the rebuild of a once-proud dubiously successful program that boasts a familiar, high-flying offense, Oklahoma will need to show that the familiar defensive concerns of soft tackling and sometimes-unsatisfactory pass coverage that have surfaced the last couple of weeks have been addressed and will be much improved.
I’m not sure I expect that to happen. I expect a high-scoring game full of big plays and head-scratching moments. But one thing is going for OU — for the most part, Baylor’s defense has been far worse. For better or worse, this should be an entertaining afternoon of football in Norman.
Before we continue, we should probably take a second to mention the Kyler Murray situation. On Friday, rumors of disciplinary action — or even a suspension — began to spread regarding OU’s star QB. It now appears that the issue isn’t serious, as it’s apparently a case of the coaching staff sending him (and the team) a message after Murray didn’t fulfill an obligation of some sort. Brandon Drumm of OUInsider provides some insight into what might have happened and what to expect here.
How to Watch Baylor vs Oklahoma TV
ORMAN, Okla. — Baylor takes on Oklahoma at Memorial Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Here’s what you need to know to follow the game in your living room, at the bar, in the car or online.
Game time: 2:30 p.m. Central, 3:30 p.m. Eastern
Online radio:TuneIn Oklahoma broadcast
Steaming live broadcast:WatchESPN
Line: Oklahoma is a consensus 23.5-point favorite.
Baylor vs Oklahoma Channel
No. 6 Oklahoma vs. Baylor, 2:30 p.m. Saturday
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About the broadcasters
Mark Jones will handle play-by-play duties. He’s worked in various roles for ABC since 1990. Jones will be joined by analyst Dusty Dvoracek. The former Oklahoma defensive tackle will, for the first time, be in the booth to call a game of his alma mater’s. Molly McGrath, who joined ESPN in 2016, will be the sideline reporter.
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Oklahoma Sooners Baylor Bears
When the Oklahoma Sooners (4-0) have the ball this weekend versus the Baylor Bears (3-1), Lincoln Riley should call upon the running game early and often, and rightfully so. OU’s rushing attack is a strength (provided the OL continues to improve following some offseason position changes) that should match up incredibly well against BU’s porous run defense, and therein lies the largest advantage that can lead the Sooners to a pristine 5-0 record heading into OU-Texas week.
In last year’s trip to Waco, Oklahoma rushed for a season-high 342 yards. While Baylor’s rush defense has improved marginally from then to now, the Sooners’ rushing attack is just as strong, if not stronger. And lest we forget, the great Rodney Anderson did not even record a stat in that game. Then swap Baker Mayfield’s wheels for Kyler Murray’s, and you can see why Oklahoma should feel confident about running the ball well in this contest.
A big reason why the Sooners were so successful on the ground in this game last season was Trey Sermon. The Georgia native came into the game in the fourth quarter and ran roughshod over the Bears as Oklahoma’s closer. OU’s ability to wear Baylor down and chew up clock with the running game proved pivotal in avoiding the upset. As good as Baylor is at the skill positions offensively, this could potentially come into play once again. Hopefully not, but it has to be in the back of the mind.