Oklahoma State returns to action after a bye week against undefeated No. 18 Baylor on Saturday at Boone Pickens Stadium.
The Bears needed a 33-30 double-overtime win over Texas Tech last week to remain unbeaten. The Cowboys (4-2, 1-2 Big 12) also last played against the Red Raiders, a 45-35 loss in Lubbock that was much more lopsided than the final score indicates.
Baylor (6-0, 3-0) will be without senior linebacker Clay Johnson, who suffered a season-ending knee injury. He led the team with 58 tackles — 28 more than his closest teammate — with eight tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks and one interception. Bears coach Matt Rhule will turn to Johnson’s backup sophomore Terrel Bernard, who has 30 tackles this season.
Even with a week off, OSU running back Chuba Hubbard still leads the nation with 1,094 rushing yards and is second in rushing touchdowns with 13. He has complied three 200-yard games on the ground, and the Cowboys launched a #HubbardForHeisman campaign this past week for the Canadian.
If the Cowboys are to beat Baylor they’ll need a bounce back performance from redshirt freshman quarterback Spencer Sanders, who committed five turnovers against Texas Tech with three interceptions and two fumbles. The offensive line in front of him will also have to step up after allowing seven sacks against the Red Raiders. It’ll be a tough task against the Bears, who are eighth in the nation with 23 sacks and had five last week against Texas Tech’s Jett Duffey.
Pregame reading and listening
- 2018: Baylor 35-31 in Waco
- 2017: OSU 59-16 in Stillwater
- 2016: Baylor 35-24 in Waco
- 2015: Baylor 45-35 in Stillwater
- 2014: Baylor 49-28 in Waco
Favorites: OSU -4.5
How to watch
When: 3 p.m. Saturday
Where: Boone Pickens Stadium, Stillwater
Live stream: Fox Sports Go app, fubo TV (try for free)