Baylor vs. OU
Let me preface this by saying: I am a completely 100-percent biased University of Oklahoma football fan. I’m a native Normanite and love the phrase “Sooner born, Sooner bred. When I die I’ll be Sooner dead.”
That being said, this review is more about the illusion of dominance that teams like Baylor have in today’s college football world more than the actual Baylor vs. OU game.
Baylor was, at one point, ranked number 4 in the nation, thanks in part to its “high powered” offense, led by quarterback Seth Russell. Once he was injured for the rest of the season, not much was expected to change.
His replacement, Jarret Stidham, was supposedly him in a younger body, hailed by Baylor coach Art Briles as “the best quarterback I’ve seen in a long time.”
Baylor’s prowess seemingly grew throughout the season as they continued to demolish cupcake team after cupcake team, playing powerhouses such as SMU and Rice.
It should come as no surprise then, that when the Bears finally ran into a quality opponent in OU, they came up very short.
OU was able to beat Baylor at home, a feat which hasn’t been accomplished by anyone in the past 20 home games at McLane Stadium.
Teams like Baylor schedule very weak non-conference games. In other words, whenever they don’t play teams from their own conference, the Big 12, they’re playing teams from schools about the size of OCCC.
It’s very easy for a team these days to reach critical acclaim by running the gauntlet on a weak schedule.
The difference between them and teams like OU, who already have one loss, is that OU has played tougher non-con games, such as playing Tennessee at Rocky Top in the second game of the season.
Sure Baylor only had one loss before OU, but their schedule of beating up on weaker and smaller programs won’t do them any good when it comes to future rankings.
OU now prepares for the college football playoffs, where they are predicted to play Alabama.