Bumped from FanPosts - Sam (nice work CFL09)
With Blackmon back on its side, what are OSU's chances against college football's biggest surprise?As everyone has probably heard by now, Blackmon missed last week's game at Kansas State for a misdemeanor DUI complaint driving back from Dallas early Tuesday Morning.
The Pokes managed a road win against the Wildcats (24-14) despite not having their star receiver. While OSU piled up 511 yard of offense, their points didn't quite reflect that total. 17 offensive points doesn't sound like one of the top offenses in the nation. With their most powerful weapon back, Oklahoma State hopes to take care of Baylor at home this weekend.
Baylor has been a huge surprise this season. The Bears have become bowl eligible for the first time since the creation of the Big 12. They are ahead of OSU and OU in the Big 12 South, and each team controls its own destiny.
Robert Grififn is one of the best quarterbacks in the nation, and should be in the Heisman discussion no doubt. Oklahoma State had a rough time trying to shut down Taylor Martinez, and ended up with a loss. They have to do better against Baylor if they want to come out with a win.
Here are a few key comparisons between the two offensive powerhouses;
Oklahoma St. Cowboys: 343 pass yards/game, 184 rush yards/game, 45 points/game, allows 28 points/game
Baylor Bears: 304 pass yards/game, 187 rush yards/game, 34 points/game, allows 23 points/game
Brandon Weeden: 2,547 pass yards, 23 TDs, 9 INT
Robert Griffin III: 2,592 pass yards, 20 TDs, 5 INT
Kendall Hunter: 189 carries, 1,174 rush yards, 12 TDs
Jay Finley: 120 carries, 813 rush yards, 6 TDs
Justin Blackmon: 62 receptions, 1,112 receiving yards, 14 TDs
Kendall Wright: 51 receptions, 702 receiving yards, 6 TDs
Oklahoma State has more playmakers than Baylor, but containing RG3 will be one hell of a task for the Cowboys. It's gonna be a shootout of all shootouts, as neither team is known for their defense. It is likely that both teams will score at will, and it will come down to which team gets more defensive stops and which team wins the turnover margin.
My prediction: Oklahoma State wins 42-35