College Football Odds — Baylor Faces Toughest Test Yet From Oklahoma Sooners


The Baylor Bears have been moving through their opponents with ease thus far, and as a result they are still alive in their quest to play in the BCS Championship game. On Thursday they will face their first major hurdle of the season as they take on the Oklahoma Sooners in a Big 12 showdown that will get underway at 7:30 PM ET, with television provided by Fox Sports 1.

Currently Baylor is #6 in the BCS Standings. They might be higher if they had proven themselves against better competition. They are also #5 as ranked by the AP and #5 in the USA Today poll, which consists of coaches. Oklahoma is #8 in that poll; the Sooners are also #12 in the AP poll and #10 in the BCS. While they probably can’t rise high enough to get into a BCS title match, Oklahoma still has the ability to get to a BCS bowl, and they can upset the Baylor steamroller if they can beat the Bears for a second straight season.

This year’s game takes place at Floyd Casey Stadium in Waco, beginning at 7:30 PM ET. In the college football odds that have been posted on this game at Get That Bet, the Bears are a huge favorite:

Baylor Bears -16.5
Oklahoma Sooners +16.5

Over 73.5 Points -110
Under 73.5 Points -110

You may think that number is a bit inflated, and if it is, it is only because Baylor has come on like such a monster when playing at home. They have run up totals of 69, 70, 70, 73 and 71 points at home, as if in a deliberate attempt to impress the pollsters. Well, it’s worked, obviously. There are no ranked opponents on their list of victims, and that is why this game against Oklahoma is so intriguing to NCAA football bettors. So far Baylor’s biggest test has come against Kansas State on the road, and they did not look like such a juggernaut, winning a 35-25 decision. K-State, incidentally, is 4-4 and not even guaranteed to go to a bowl game. It is rather unusual that a team ranked so high would be so untested at this stage.

No one can deny that Baylor is in possession of weaponry. Bryce Petty has proven to be a much more capable quarterback than Nick Florence, who piloted the team last year in succession of Robert Griffin III and completed just 12 of 33 passes against the Sooners in Oklahoma’s 42-34 win. Petty has thrown 18 TD passes and been intercepted only once, and he has been effective to the point where some college football betting fans might tout him to be Baylor’s second Heisman Trophy winner in three seasons. Certainly he has the edge over Blake Bell, the Oklahoma quarterback, who has completed 64% of his throws, but is generally known as a much better runner.

Baylor running back Lache Seastrunk would like to consider himself a Heisman candidate, and indeed he’s got great numbers, including an average of 9.1 yards a carry. he is the biggest threat to an Oklahoma defense that ranks tenth overall in the nation. But Bell’s ability to run with the ball is going to be critical; some football bettors recall that he was called on in a lot of goal-line situations last year in place of Landry Jones, and on Thursday night he goes against a Baylor stop unit that leads the nation in red zone defense.

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CHARLES JAY grew up around the gaming business, was raised in the boxing business, and along the way has developed a colorful background through a wide range of experiences. Jay was a veteran of almost two decades actively in the boxing industry, as a writer, publicist, matchmaker, booking agent, manager, and promoter. He was engaged as editorial consultant for USA Network's "Tuesday Night Fights" for seven years, and also did some on-air work for USA. He also served as color commentator for, among others, Sunshine Network and Prime Network, and has called more than a dozen world championship fights for national and/or international television. He has been the host of numerous radio programs, including "Sportswatch with Charles Jay" on KDWN in Las Vegas, "Total Action" on WAXY 790 in Miami, and "Charles Jay's Winning Edge", syndicated into 55 markets by the American Radio Networks. For the past 20 years, he has been a professional sports handicapper, and as a consultant to the casino industry from 1993-95, helped to launch Casino Magic in Mississippi as a major venue for sports promotions. Also, he's been a casino/sports gaming columnist for a number of leading publications, including Sports Form, Casino Player, Card Player, and The Gambler. In the 2000's, he became widely known as one of the world's leading proponents and experts on the subject of boxing reform, having been asked to appear on numerous panels and speak at officials' seminars. He was the author of "Operation Cleanup" and "Operation Cleanup 2: Unfinished Business" - two critically-acclaimed e-books that represent arguably the most comprehensive and in-depth examination of boxing reform issues ever put into publication. In 2004 he published a third electronic book - "Body Shots: Outside the Ring and Inside the Game of Pro Boxing". In 2003 he was the recipient of the "Dignity" Award, in the category of "Best Sports Writer," as bestowed by the Retired Boxers Foundation.

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