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5:00 PM PT6:00 PM MT7:00 PM CT8:00 PM ET1:00 AM GMT9:00 AM 北京时间6:00 PM MST8:00 PM EST, Dec. 5, 2020
Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, Norman, Oklahoma  Attendance: 22,700

No. 11 Oklahoma in Big 12 title hunt as it faces Baylor

Baylor Bears at Oklahoma Sooners

  1. Oklahoma has won 27 of the 30 all-time meetings with Baylor, including each of the last six -- most recently a 30-23 victory in the Big 12 Championship Game last season. Baylor has won just once in Norman, coming away with a 48-14 victory in 2014.
  2. Baylor eked out a victory over Kansas State last Saturday, 32-31, to snap a five-game skid. The Bears are 2-5 despite being outscored by just one point this season (193-194) and are now 1-3 in one-score games this season.
  3. Charlie Brewer completed 31 of 39 passes and rushed 23 times in the win over Kansas State, becoming the first player in Baylor history with 30+ completions and 20+ rushes in the same game. Brewer also scored two rushing touchdowns and now has 21 rushing touchdowns in his career, tied with Bryce Petty for second most by a Baylor quarterback -- only Robert Griffin III (33) has more.
  4. Oklahoma was idle coming off a 41-13 win over Oklahoma State, its fifth straight victory since losing consecutive games. The Sooners scored 21 points in the first quarter and have outscored opponents 124-17 in the opening frame this season -- that +107 differential is tied with Clemson for the best in the FBS.
  5. Rhamondre Stevenson rushed for 141 yards in the Bedlam win, joining T.J. Pledger as the only Sooners to rush for 100+ yards in consecutive games this year. He looks to join Kennedy Brooks (November 2018), Rodney Anderson (4 straight in October/November 2017) and Samaje Perine (three times) as the only Sooners in the last 10 seasons to rush for 100+ yards in three consecutive games.

A sixth consecutive Big 12 title seemed out of reach for Oklahoma after the Sooners dropped their first two Big 12 games, but suddenly became a reality after they rattled off five consecutive wins.

Now, after last week's game against West Virginia was postponed to Dec. 12 due to COVID-19 issues with the team, the No. 11 Sooners (6-2, 5-2 Big 12) are back to being in the difficult position of waiting and watching heading into Saturday's game against Baylor.

Oklahoma doesn't quite control its own destiny to make the conference title game, but it is likely to be in with a 2-0 -- or even a 1-0 -- finish. But the Sooners must at least play one of their final two scheduled games to be eligible.

As important as the game results are to the Sooners are the results of the COVID tests leading up to the game.

"I think every single person in our program right now has anxiety when they take the test," Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley said of the thrice weekly tests. "I know we have a good plan in place if I were to test positive, but I absolutely have anxiety."

The Sooners' recent struggles with COVID led to another development -- the potential for Bob Stoops to return to help coach.

Stoops, who coached the Sooners for 18 years and is the winningest coach in program history, was on the field for practice Tuesday and could potentially help throughout the rest of the week and Saturday's game as some assistants could be held out due to testing or contact tracing.

"It's kind of been in our hip pocket this whole time," Riley said. "If we had any staff member who fell off, we have a Hall of Famer sitting on the bench. It's a pretty good bench when you can call that guy up."

Stoops retired before the 2017 season, handing the program over to Riley, who had been hired two years earlier as offensive coordinator. Since then, he's served as a special assistant to Oklahoma's athletic director, opening the door for him to help this season.

Oklahoma and Baylor played twice last season -- both thrilling games pulled out by the Sooners.

In the regular-season matchup, Oklahoma overcame a 31-10 halftime deficit to win 34-31. In the Big 12 Championship Game, the Sooners needed overtime to win 30-23.

While the Sooners have rounded into form, Baylor has mostly struggled in Dave Aranda's first season as head coach.

The Bears (2-5, 2-5) are coming off their biggest win of the season, though, a 32-31 come-from-behind victory over Kansas State in which Bears quarterback Charlie Brewer was spectacular. Brewer completed nearly 80 percent of his passes for 349 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 56 yards and two more scores.

"When you do it one time, you can do it another time," Aranda said of the Bears' momentum. "Just putting the game in their (the players') hands and giving the best opportunity to be successful and let them rise up and make plays, get them to feel comfortable throughout the week in terms of giving the best look possible."

--Field Level Media

Updated December 2, 2020

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