OSU football: The Six Shooter pregame thoughts on the Cowboys at Baylor
WACO, Texas — One last ride in the regular season, with Oklahoma State visiting Baylor at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at McLane Stadium.
Let’s load up The Six Shooter:
Cowboy in the Crosshairs
Quarterback Spencer Sanders
Statistically, Sanders had an odd day last week at TCU. He completed only 16 of 34 passes, but piled up good yardage, finishing with 270. And he only turned the ball over once. He also rushed for 30 yards on 11 carries, including sacks. When he throws, he’s got to be on point, and when he runs, he’s got to be effective.
Matchup that Matters
OSU cornerback Jarrick Bernard-Converse vs. Baylor receiver R.J. Sneed
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Baylor doesn’t throw deep a lot. Sneed is the leading receiver, but hasn’t had a reception of 40 yards or more all season. He’s got 36 catches for 469 yards and three TDs. Bernard-Converse has been solid in coverage, but has been beat for a couple of deep throws lately, so he needs to shore that up. And if Rodarius Williams can’t play because of injury, Bernard-Converse will be OSU’s primary cover corner.
Number to Know
Rush yardage per game allowed by the Baylor defense. For all the talk about how well Baylor defended the run last week against OU — and it was spectacular, allowing only 76 yards — the Bears have been a middle-of-the-road defense against the run for the season. So the idea that OSU won’t be able to run the ball is more based in perception from last week’s performance than in factual evidence.
Bold Bowl Projection
With a win: Texas Bowl. The Cheez-It Bowl or Alamo Bowl could still be in the mix, too, depending on what happens in the final CFP rankings.
With a loss: Liberty Bowl. OSU might still get to the Texas Bowl, even with a loss, but Liberty seems more likely.
I’m going off the beaten path a little with this one, but we’ve seen a lot of the common combinations already. And we’ve only seen the orange helmet once all year, so it seems fitting to fire it out there one more time.
1 Wild Prediction
The OSU defense will score a touchdown for the third straight game
Not only has the defense been getting its hands on the ball a lot lately, players have been making their way to the end zone — Brock Martin with the scoop-and-score last week, and Tre Sterling with the pick-six a week earlier. Look for more takeaways and more points from the Cowboy defense.
(Wild Prediction record: Season, 3-6; All-time, 6-42)