OSU vs. Baylor preview

CREATED Nov. 21, 2013

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  • Oklahoma State's2 Clint Chelf (10) runs for a first down against Texas defensive linemen Cedric Reed (88) and Malcom Brown (90) during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Michael Thomas) Image by ASSOCIATED PRESS

 No. 3 Baylor (9-0, 6-0 Big 12) at No. 11 Oklahoma State (9-1, 6-1), 8:00 p.m. (ABC)

 
Line: Baylor by 9 1/2.
 
Series record: Oklahoma State 18-13.
 
WHAT'S AT STAKE
 
The Big 12 championship could go to the winner. Baylor still has conference foes TCU and Texas on its schedule, while Oklahoma State still must face its cross-state rival, No. 22 Oklahoma, but this contest will determine who is in control going forward.
 
KEY MATCHUP
 
Baylor's high-powered offense that has averaged 685 yards and 61 points per game this season, both leading the nation even after losing the Big 12's leading rusher and its top receiver due to injuries, up against Oklahoma State's defensive unit that co-leads the nation with 19 interceptions and is ninth overall allowing 4.66 yards per play. If the Cowboys' defense can generate multiple turnovers, that could be the difference.
 
PLAYERS TO WATCH
 
Baylor: QB Bryce Petty is the offensive catalyst, leading the nation in yards per attempt (12.8) and QB efficiency rating (206.23), while sitting fifth in both passing yards (332.4 per game) and completion percentage (65.2).
 
Oklahoma State: CB Justin Gilbert is enjoying a great year, both on defense where he is third in the nation with six interceptions and has returned two for touchdowns, as well as on kickoff returns, where he ranks 11th in average return (28.2 yards) with one TD.
 
FACTS & FIGURES
 
Oklahoma State has won 15 of the last 17 games between the schools, including 10 straight at home. The Bears have not won in Stillwater since 1939. . Baylor has scored 70 or more points four times this season (and 69 one other time), after reaching that mark just three times in its 111 prior years.
 
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