After struggling vs. Army, Oklahoma takes on Baylor

Baylor (3-1, 1-0 Big 12) at No. 6 Oklahoma (4-0, 1-0)

Saturday 2:30 p.m. Central Time

Television: ABC

Line: Oklahoma by 23½.

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Series record: Oklahoma leads 24-3.


Oklahoma looks to regain its dominant form after being taken to overtime at home against Army last week, and Sooners QB Kyler Murray could use a big game to boost his Heisman campaign. Baylor was one of the conference’s powers in the first half of this decade but has fallen hard since a sexual assault scandal led to coach Art Briles being fired in 2016. A win here would be Baylor’s biggest post-Briles.


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Baylor run defense vs. Oklahoma RB Trey Sermon. Baylor struggles against the run, and Sermon is capable of doing damage. The sophomore ran for a career-high 148 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries against the Bears last season, all in the fourth quarter. He has 1,019 yards rushing in his career.


Baylor: WR Jalen Hurd is a big slot receiver at 6-foot-4 who played running back at Tennessee before transferring. He has 22 receptions for 311 yards and two touchdowns this season, and coach Matt Rhule says Hurd could get some short-yardage work at running back, too. Hurd had 24 carries for 109 yards and a touchdown for Tennessee against Oklahoma in 2015.

Oklahoma: WR Marquise “Hollywood” Brown was held without a catch last week after hauling in nine for 191 yards and a touchdown the week before against Iowa State. One of college football’s best deep threats will be looking to get back on track.

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Oklahoma won the first 20 games in the series. Baylor has won three of the past seven. … Baylor QB Charlie Brewer is averaging 261.6 yards per game with a 67.6 completion percentage and 15 touchdowns in eight career starts. … Baylor WR Denzel Mims has at least one catch 15 consecutive games. … Oklahoma LB Kenneth Murray had 28 tackles last week, the most since the Football Bowl Subdivision began keeping track in 2000. … Oklahoma won last week despite just 15:19 of possession.