Beginning with Robert Griffin III’s Heisman Trophy winning 2011 season, the Baylor-Oklahoma football games have been riveting.
The Sooners had beaten the Bears 20 straight times before Griffin hit Terrance Williams with the game-winning touchdown pass on that memorable night at Floyd Casey Stadium. Since then, the Bears and Sooners have split their six games.
The Bears will have to deliver a monumental effort to make Saturday’s game competitive. With Baylor off to an 0-3 start and Oklahoma winning its first three, this Big 12 opener at McLane Stadium looks like a mismatch.
No. 3 Oklahoma (-27.5) at Baylor
The Sooners proved they’re legitimate national championship contenders when they beat Ohio State in Columbus two weeks ago. Now they’re heavy favorites against Baylor in their second road trip of the season.
Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield has played brilliantly so far as he’s completed 76.8 percent of his passes for 1,046 yards and 10 touchdowns with no interceptions. The Sooners’ defense has been solid as it has allowed opponents 269.3 yards and 12.3 points per game.
Baylor has all kinds of issues but an ineffective offensive line tops the list. If the Bears can’t run better and give quarterback Zach Smith more protection, it’s going to be a long night.
Oklahoma 45, Baylor 14
No. 16 TCU (+10.5) at No. 6 Oklahoma State
This Top 25 showdown is one of college football’s best matchups this weekend.
TCU’s defense was been superb but it hasn’t faced a quarterback like Oklahoma’s State’s Mason Rudolph. The senior ranks fifth nationally in passing efficiency as he’s completed 72.3 percent for 1,135 yards and 11 touchdowns with three interceptions in the Cowboys’ 3-0 start.
TCU quarterback Kenny Hill has shown considerable improvement since last season, but the Horned Frogs won’t be able to produce enough offense to stick with the Cowboys in Stillwater.
Oklahoma State 42, TCU 28
Texas Tech (+6) at Houston
With Nic Shimonek stepping in at quarterback, the Red Raiders are still highly productive offensively as they’ve averaged 54 points in wins over Eastern Washington and Arizona State.
The Red Raiders’ defense also appears to be improved but Houston quarterback Kyle Allen will certainly be a challenge.
The Texas A&M transfer has completed a remarkable 86.2 percent for 554 yards and three touchdowns in the Cougars’ 2-0 start. This should be a shootout but the Red Raiders will prevail.
Texas Tech 52, Houston 49
West Virginia (-21.5) at Kansas
Former Florida quarterback Will Grier is off to a tremendous start for the Mountaineers, as he’s passed for 1,027 yards and 11 touchdowns with two interceptions.
West Virginia features one of the most balanced offenses in the Big 12 with Justin Crawford leading the league with 326 yards rushing and five touchdowns in a 2-1 start.
Though the Jayhawks have shown offensive improvement since last year, their defense is still struggling as they’ve allowed 87 points in the last two losses to Central Michigan and Ohio.
West Virginia 45, Kansas 28
Texas A&M (+2.5) vs. Arkansas
(at AT&T Stadium in Arlington)
Freshman Kellen Mond helped get Texas A&M’s offense back on track in a 45-21 win over Louisiana last week as he threw for 301 yards and three touchdowns.
But the Aggies haven’t looked impressive since blowing a 44-10 lead that turned into a 45-44 loss to UCLA in the season opener.
The Razorbacks looked hopeless offensively in a 28-7 home loss to TCU two weeks ago, and won’t scrape together enough production to beat the Aggies.
Texas A&M 28, Arkansas 24
Last week: 4-1 overall, 2-2-1 against the line
Season: 8-7 overall, 6-8-1 against the line