Oklahoma vs. Baylor: Prediction, pick, odds, line, TV channel, live stream, watch online
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: WatchESPN
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.
The line has already shrunk three points and Oklahoma hasn’t covered since Week 1 … but it’s also been a massive favorite in every game. The Bears have a weapon, too. Receiver Denzel Mims is a large-bodied, big-play guy who had a career day against Oklahoma last year with 192 yards and three touchdowns. He’s been hampered by a hamstring injury, but if he’s good to go, he’s the kind of big wideout Oklahoma struggles to defend. Pick: Baylor +23.5