The Nov 21. 2015 edition of the Big 12 conference football game of the Oklahoma State Cowboys vs the Baylor Bears is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on FOX (ch 23.1 KOKI in Tulsa). Ch 23.1 KOKI has their usual college football special scheduled for 1;30 p.m.
OSU is unbeaten, sporting a 10-0 record for the second time in their history and the second time in five years. OSU in 1945 went undefeated but only played nine games.
In 2011, OSU’s only loss occurred in overtime a Thursday game played one day after two OSU women’s basketball coaches died in a plane crash. The football team routinely ate meals with the woman’s basketball team and were close. The extenuating circumstances didn’t matter to the 2011 BCS formula because OSU was kept out of the 2011 season championship game in lieu of a boring rematch between Alabama and LSU. LSU however most likely would have won the championship in 2011 by pushing right through OSU’s 2011 defense because OSU’s defensive line was vulnerable. OSU was able to win their bowl game against Stanford and finish 12-1 instead of finishing 11-2. The new College Football Committee doesn’t care that OSU this year has been restricting themselves and only showing enough to win the game at hand. Also the committee doesn’t care about the upper respiratory infection that swept through the OSU team leading up to the OSU vs Iowa State game. The committee has routinely downvoted the Cowboys and kept them below their rankings in the human polls. The problem with the CFP and the computers of the BCS is that not all 0-0 teams are equal. The CFP routinely cites how well teams in the poll competed against the top 25 but until the poll is finished, their top 25 shouldn’t exist. The CFP clearly has a presupposed top 25 which includes a lot of teams from the Southeastern Conference. It is presupposed that LSU is good so Alabama’s victory over them has more weight than OSU’s victory over TCU. It would however be difficult for the CFP committee to keep an unbeaten OSU out of the playoff. OSU’s exclusion from the BCS in 2011 led to the switch to the CFP. Though they still might because the CFP committee clearly doesn’t like the way OSU plays. The offense totally changes from drive to drive and sometimes from down to down. OSU uses secondary QB (Gundyback) JW Walsh in running situations. Walsh is not a backup quarterback ad is similar to when teams turn over the offense to punter or field goal kicker.
Against TCU, OSU used quick deep passes to get behind TCU’s defense. Against ISU, OSU used long grinding out drives with mixture of run and pass. The one drive right before halftime took over seven minutes and allowed ISU only a little over two minutes to try to drive the field. They were stopped. OSU got the ball back after halftime and got ISU’s lead down to only three.
The OSU defense was sluggish due to the illness but compensated with adjustments at halftime. They were still vulnerable to big plays but fast enough to prevent TD’s on those plays. ISU to their credit drove in TD’s in the first half.
Baylor was pounded on by the Oklahoma (OU) Sooners in their last game. Even with all the cheap shots, Baylor was able to score more against Oklahoma than they did against Kansas State. Their scoring has dropped dramatically since they had to switch due to injury to their second string true freshman quarterback Jarrett Stidham.
The Baylor defense tried to tackle OU’s big running backs up high and largely failed. OSU defenders went for the knees usually getting the ankles of the TCU offense.
OU plays TCU at 7 p.m. on ABC (ch 8.1 KTUL in Tulsa).
Tulsa Hurricane plays Navy Midshipmen at 6:04 p.m. and is scheduled to be shown on CBS Sports Network.