6/6/7 BAYLOR (8-1, 5-1) vs. NR/NR/NR OKLAHOMA STATE (5-5, 3-4)
Nov. 22, 2014 | 6:30 p.m. CT
Waco, Texas | McLane Stadium (46,140)
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LAST MEETING: 49-17 Oklahoma State | ODB Game Hub
LAST GAME (for OkSt): Texas 28, Oklahoma State 7
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SPREAD: Oklahoma -27 (Open: Baylor -24.5)
TV COVERAGE: FOX National, 6:30 p.m. CST
WEATHER FORECAST: 90% chance of thunderstorms likely with winds out of the South-Southwest at 10-20 mph. High of 68º F (Wunderground puts the temp at 63º at game time).
BAYLOR UNIFORMS: ALL. BLACK. EVERYTHANG.
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Unless you're a Luddite (and if you are, how exactly are you reading this? Did someone transcribe it by hand and give it to you to read? Let us know in the comments—dang it, you're a Luddite and can't), you are acutely aware that this weekend's tilt with Oklahoma State is the second annual Blackout game and first-ever in McLane Stadium. It's going to be loud, raucous, and incredibly fun, provided we don't get absolutely soaked. Get your black rain slickers ready!
It's #EveryoneInBlack week, Baylor Nation. #SicOSU pic.twitter.com/lJLAJA6mFA— Baylor Football (@BUFootball) November 17, 2014
And then there was this little bit of genius from @nick_pants, born out of me randomly tweeting a quote from the LEGO Movie (because I was watching it):
@pbpope pic.twitter.com/iU682kEBYj— nick pants (@nick_pants) November 18, 2014
To paraphrase Vetruvius, That idea is just. The. Best.
Oklahoma State Cowboys 2014 Schedule
|Florida State Seminoles||Saturday, August 30 2014||loss 31-37||coverage|
|Missouri St. Bears||Saturday, September 06 2014||win 40-23||coverage|
|Texas-San Antonio Roadrunners||Saturday, September 13 2014||win 43-13||coverage|
|Texas Tech Red Raiders||Thursday, September 25 2014||win 45-35||coverage|
|Iowa St. Cyclones||Saturday, October 04 2014||win 37-20||coverage|
|@ Kansas Jayhawks||Saturday, October 11 2014||win 27-20||coverage|
|@ TCU Horned Frogs||Saturday, October 18 2014||loss 9-42||coverage|
|West Virginia Mountaineers||Saturday, October 25 2014||loss 10-34||coverage|
|@ Kansas State Wildcats||Saturday, November 01 2014||loss 14-48||coverage|
|Texas Longhorns||Saturday, November 15 2014||loss 7-28||coverage|
|@ Baylor Bears||Saturday, November 22 2014||7:30 PM EST||coverage|
|@ Oklahoma Sooners||Saturday, December 06 2014||12:00 PM EST||coverage|
Once upon a time, the Oklahoma State Cowboys were 5-1 and ranked #15 in the country. Then their real schedule began. TCU slaughtered them 42-9 (in a win that was initially used as justification for TCU's high ranking by the CFP Selection Committee), and that began a four game skid against the meat of their schedule. Consecutive losses to West Virginia, Kansas State, and Texas mean the Cowboys' bowl hopes are in serious jeopardy. They'll have to hope for an upset over either Baylor this week or the Bedlam game in Norman on December 6 to become bowl eligible. Conventional wisdom says hope is bleak for this Cowboys team.
Oklahoma State Individual Statistics
J.W. Walsh injured his foot in the second game of the season, thrusting junior Daxx Garman into the starting role. While his completion percentage and yardage look solid, he's thrown as many interceptions as he has touchdowns on the season, and Oklahoma State's offense has struggled frequently against top Big 12 competition. The offense hasn't scored more than 20 points since Iowa State on October 4 (the game-winning touchdown against Kansas came on a kickoff return).
Not the greatest numbers there. We'll look at the advanced stats more in-depth later on in the week, but the Cowboys' rushing attack checks in this week at 100 in Rushing S&P. It's not good. Desmond Roland is averaging nearly 4 yards per carry, but was beset by family tragedy a few weeks ago when his mother passed away. Tyreek Hill has been somewhat better, averaging nearly 5 yards per carry. Beyond that, though, the Cowboys are not having much success on the ground.
There's some talent in this receiving corps, but their production the last few weeks has been downright awful, owing largely to the fact that Daxx Garman doesn't have much time to get rid of the football. Texas sacked him seven times. That said, Tyreek Hill is an absolute freak of an athlete, and possesses the capability to burn you at any time.
Oklahoma State Team Stats and Rankings
|Value||National Leader||Value||Conference |
|3rd Down Conversion||112||10||0.336||Georgia Tech||0.583||Kansas St.||0.479|
|3rd Down Defense||65||5||0.399||Clemson||0.257||TCU||0.298|
|4th Down Conversion||79||5||0.462||Minnesota||0.857||Baylor||0.767|
|4th Down Defense||9||3||0.250||Arkansas||0.143||Baylor||0.176|
|Blocked Kicks Allowed||1||1||0||40 teams tied||0||Iowa St.
|Blocked Punts||2||1||2||Temple||3||Oklahoma St.||2|
|Blocked Punts Allowed||1||1||0||88 teams tied||0||9 teams tied||0|
|Completion Percentage||98||10||0.548||UCLA||0.720||West Virginia||0.680|
|Fewest Penalties||56||4||59||Navy||24||Kansas St.||32|
|Fewest Penalties/Game||58||4||5.90||Navy||2.40||Kansas St.||3.56|
|Fewest Penalty Yards||71||4||550||Navy||242||Kansas St.||290|
|Fewest Pen Yds/Game||71||4||55.00||Navy||24.20||Kansas St.||32.22|
|First Downs Defense||67||5||214||Wisconsin||129||Baylor||152|
|First Downs Offense||96||9||189||Washington St.||276||Baylor||266|
|Kickoff Return Defense||46||5||19.90||UConn||14.86||Kansas St.||16.45|
|Kickoff Returns||39||4||22.44||Western Mich.||26.70||West Virginia||24.96|
|Passes Had Intercepted||100||8||13||Oregon
|Passing Offense||68||8||227.4||Washington St.||477.6||Baylor||354.2|
|Passing Yards Allowed||116||9||284.9||San Jose St.||127.2||Texas||182.0|
|Pass Yards/Completion||30||4||13.22||Georgia Tech||18.34||Baylor||15.33|
|Punt Return Defense||11||2||3.43||TCU||-0.29||TCU||-0.29|
|Punt Returns||64||6||7.72||Auburn||18.20||Kansas St.||17.18|
|Red Zone Defense||70||5||0.838||Mississippi St.||0.611||Kansas||0.732|
|Red Zone Offense||14||2||0.906||UCLA||0.974||Kansas St.||0.911|
|Rushing Defense||35||5||139.5||Penn St.||83.1||Baylor||107.8|
|Sacks Allowed||116||10||3.20||New Mexico St.||0.50||Oklahoma||0.60|
|Scoring Defense||89||7||30.0||Ole Miss||11.9||Baylor
|Tackles for Loss Allowed||112||10||7.40||Marshall||2.90||Baylor||3.78|
|Team Passing Efficiency||81||8||120.99||Oregon||185.13||Baylor||157.80|
|Passing Eff. Defense||95||9||137.88||Penn St.||96.89||Texas||106.32|
|Team Tackles for Loss||15||3||7.3||Clemson||10.0||TCU||7.8|
|Time of Possession||113||8||27:31||UTEP||35:43||Kansas St.||31:55|
|Turnover Margin||111||8||-0.80||Michigan St.||1.80||TCU||1.40|
|Winning Percentage||64||7||0.500||Florida St.
- FIRST — Do you have any specific questions about the Cowboys that we can have answered?
- SECOND — What concerns about the team do you have at this point, if any?
- THIRD — What aspect of the team are you most looking forward to seeing on Saturday?
- FOURTH — The Bears return to McLane Stadium after what feels like a decade. Give me a turnt rating for how excited you are to see the team take the field again. Gifs encouraged.
- FIFTH — BLACKOUT!!!! Ms. Josie Drago is preparing some Blackout-themed music. Tell us what Blackout music you want to hear. BONUS: Tell us what Blackout gear you're planning on donning, regardless of whether or not you're going to the game.