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No. 18 Baylor taking Big 12′s longest win streak to OSU

October 17, 2019
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FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2019, file photo, Baylor linebacker Clay Johnston (4) looks over the line during the team's NCAA football game against Rice in Houston. Johnston is among 10 current seniors who redshirted in 2015, when Baylor was coming off back-to-back Big 12 titles and had its last eight-game winning streak. They all stayed in the aftermath of a sprawling sexual assault scandal that led to coach Art Briles getting fired before the 2016 season. (AP Photo/Matt Patterson, File)
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FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2019, file photo, Baylor linebacker Clay Johnston (4) looks over the line during the team's NCAA football game against Rice in Houston. Johnston is among 10 current seniors who redshirted in 2015, when Baylor was coming off back-to-back Big 12 titles and had its last eight-game winning streak. They all stayed in the aftermath of a sprawling sexual assault scandal that led to coach Art Briles getting fired before the 2016 season. (AP Photo/Matt Patterson, File)

Some things to watch Saturday, when Big 12 teams go into the second half of their regular season:

GAME OF THE WEEK

No. 18 Baylor (6-0, 3-0 Big 12) at Oklahoma State (4-2, 1-2). The Bears have the longest winning streak among Big 12 teams at eight in a row, but suffered a big loss last week when senior middle linebacker Clay Johnston sustained a season-ending knee injury when making an interception. Baylor has the league’s best scoring defense, allowing only 17.8 points a game. Oklahoma State has averaged 39.8 points and 528.3 yards per game with the Big 12′s leading rusher (Chuba Hubbard, 182.3 yards rushing per game and 13 TDs) and leading receiver (Tylan Wallace, 117.2 yards receiving per game). Baylor’s 43-point loss in its last trip to Stillwater two years ago was the most lopsided in a 1-11 season, but the Bears did beat Oklahoma State at home last year.

BEST MATCHUP

Kansas State’s run-heavy offense against TCU defense. The Wildcats spread the carries around and average about 218 yards rushing per game. The Horned Frogs lead the Big 12, allowing only 101.2 yards rushing per game. “They want to control the clock. They’re going to try to come right at you in the running game and then big plays with play action,” TCU coach Gary Patterson said.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

Big 12 defenses average giving up 376 total yards per game, the best by league teams since 2009. ... Texas (4-2, 2-1) is 8-0 at home against Kansas (2-4), which has dropped its first three Big 12 games under coach Les Miles — the last two by a combined 62 points — since that 48-24 upset win at Boston College. ... TCU at Kansas State is a matchup of 3-2 teams both coming off open dates. ... Five Big 12 quarterbacks have had multiple games this season with at least 200 yards passing and 50 yards rushing. They are Oklahoma’s Jalen Hurts (five), Oklahoma State’s Spencer Sanders (three), and Baylor’s Charlie Brewer, Iowa State’s Brock Purdy and Texas’ Sam Ehlinger with two each.

LONG SHOT

Fifth-ranked Oklahoma (6-0, 3-0) beat West Virginia in a 59-56 shootout last season. This time, the Sooners, with dual-threat graduate transfer quarterback Hurts, are a nearly five-touchdown favorite at home. Oklahoma is 7-0 in the series since WVU joined the Big 12. Former Oklahoma QB Austin Kendall is now the Mountaineers starter, though he got banged up in their last game.

IMPACT PERFORMER

Texas Tech senior linebacker Jordyn Brooks leads the Big 12 with 11.3 tackles per game, and is tied for the league lead with 11½ tackles for loss. He has had at least 11 tackles in four games, with a season-high 19 against Oklahoma State two weeks ago.

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