NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Sugar Bowl showdown against Mississippi and coach Lane Kiffin's explosive, Southeastern Conference-leading offense provided a high-profile platform for Baylor to validate its old-school formula of ball control and aggressive defense.
Sugar Bowl: No. 6 Baylor (11-2, Big 12) vs. No. 8 Mississippi (10-2, SEC), Jan. 1, 8:45 p.m. ET (ESPN)
Line: Mississippi by 1 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
No. 6 Baylor (11-2, Big 12) vs No. 8 Mississippi (10-2, SEC), Jan. 1, 8:45 p.m.
WACO, Texas (AP) — Baylor coach Dave Aranda lauded his ninth-ranked Bears for the season they have had after getting their 10th win earlier in the day.
Now, after a little help, they get to play for a Big 12 title.
Abram Smith was tackling Big 12 running backs at the end of last season as a starting linebacker for Baylor. He is now bruising defenders as the league's leading rusher.
Breece Hall has rushed for a touchdown in 23 consecutive games for Iowa State, tying an FBS record.
No. 11 Baylor (8-2, 5-2 Big 12, No. 11 CFP) at Kansas State (7-3, 4-3), Saturday at 5:30 p.m. EST (FS1).
Line: Baylor by 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
WACO, Texas (AP) — Gerry Bohanon threw a touchdown pass and ran for two scores, Baylor’s defense constantly pressured Caleb Williams and Spencer Rattler and the No. 18 Bears beat No. 4 Oklahoma 27-14 on Saturday to end the Sooners’ nation’s-best 17-game winning streak.
No. 4 Oklahoma (9-0, 6-0 Big 12, No. 8 CFP) at No. 18 Baylor (7-2, 4-2, No. 13), Saturday at noon EST (FOX).
Line: Oklahoma by 6 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
WACO, Texas (AP) — Baylor running back Abram Smith took a quick pitch left, reversed field after spinning away from a defender and scampered for a touchdown.
That play was quite appropriate since the 16th-ranked Bears and Texas are going in opposite directions.
Texas (4-3 2-2 Big 12) at No. 16 Baylor (6-1 3-1), Saturday at noon EDT (ABC).
Line: Baylor by 2 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
WACO, Texas (AP) — Abram Smith and Dillon Doyle were quite a 1-2 running punch for Baylor, providing future Big 12 foe and 19th-ranked BYU a glimpse at what the Cougars could face in their new conference.
Baylor wants to regain its swagger in the run game. West Virginia would be satisfied with any progress.
The Bears and Mountaineers meet Saturday in Waco, Texas, after both lost games in which they failed to score in the first half.
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy is trying to wrap his mind around these low-scoring games in what once was the wide-open Big 12.
The transition has been easier for him because his Cowboys are winning.
No. 21 Baylor (4-0, 2-0 Big 12) at No. 19 Oklahoma State (4-0, 1-0), Saturday at 7 p.m. EDT (ESPN2).
Line: Oklahoma State by 3 1/2 according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
Some things to watch in Week 5 of the Big 12 Conference:
GAME OF THE WEEK
No. 21 Baylor (4-0, 2-0 Big 12) at No. 19 Oklahoma State (4-0, 1-0). A matchup Saturday night of the only Big 12 teams, other than six-time defending conference champion Oklahoma, to make it to the first Saturday of October undefeated.
Oklahoma State and Baylor quietly have compiled unbeaten records heading into their showdown on Saturday.
Baylor went 2-7 last year, but this year’s squad is much improved. The Bears (4-0, 2-0 Big 12) pulled off a 31-29 stunner over then-No.
WACO, Texas (AP) — Preseason AP All-America running back Breece Hall is scoring touchdowns at a record pace for No. 14 Iowa State while opposing rushers are having a difficult time gaining yards against the Cyclones defense.
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Dave Aranda spoke proudly this week about how Baylor had established an offensive identity on the ground this season.
It didn't change against Kansas on Saturday.
Gerry Bohanon threw for 269 yards and two touchdowns while running for another score, and Baylor had its way against Kansas on the ground, piling up 307 yards rushing in another dominant performance in a 45-7 victory on Saturday.
WACO, Texas (AP) — Abram Smith and Tristan Ebner both rushed for more than 100 yards in the first half, and Baylor scored touchdowns on its first seven possessions in a 66-7 victory over Texas Southern on Saturday night.
WACO, Texas (AP) — Abram Smith fumbled on his first carry this season for Baylor in his return to running back after finishing last year as a starting linebacker for the Bears.
“Extremely different, of course, because I’m on the other side of the ball,” Smith said.
SAN MARCOS, Texas (AP) — Baylor had three interceptions, Abram Smith rushed for 118 yards and two touchdowns, and the Bears defeated the Texas State Bobcats 29-20 on Saturday.
Baylor played its first regular season game outside the Big 12 in 715 days after its 2020 non-conference games were canceled due to COVID-19-related issues.