Saturday, December 5, 2020, Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, Norman, Oklahoma, 7:30 p.m. ET
Bears at Sooners Betting Preview: Bears (+21.5), Sooners (-21.5)
Baylor Bears Betting Preview
Baylor has mostly struggled in coach Dave Aranda’s first season at the helm.
The Bears (2-5, 2-5) are coming off their biggest win of the season, however, a 32-31 come-from-behind victory over Kansas State in which Bears quarterback Charlie Brewer was spectacular. Brewer completed nearly 80 percent of his passes for 349 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 56 yards and two more scores.
“When you do it one time, you can do it another time,” Aranda said of the Bears’ momentum. “Just putting the game in their hands and giving the best opportunity to be successful and let them rise up and make plays, get them to feel comfortable throughout the week in terms of giving the best look possible.”
Brewer has completed 64.9 percent of his passes for an average of 232.4 yards a game with 13 touchdowns against six interceptions. His favorite target is R.J. Sneed, who has 33 catches for 435 yards and three scores. Sneed’s 61.2 average yards a game receiving rank third in the Big 12.
Running the ball has been an issue for the Bears. They have averaged only 102.6 yards a game on the ground. Craig Williams continues to be their leading rusher despite playing in only four games because of a season-ending knee injury. Williams has 197 yards.
Brewer has 324 rushing yards on the plus side but has lost 155 for a net 169. The Bears have given up 24 sacks.
Oklahoma Sooners Betting Preview
A sixth consecutive Big 12 title seemed out of reach for Oklahoma after the Sooners dropped their first two conference games, but suddenly became a reality since they have rattled off five consecutive wins.
Now, after last week’s game against West Virginia was postponed to Dec. 12 due to COVID-19 issues with the team, the No. 11 Sooners (6-2, 5-2 Big 12) are in the difficult position of waiting and watching heading into their game against Baylor.
Oklahoma doesn’t quite control its own destiny to make the conference title game, but it is likely to be in with a 2-0 — or even a 1-0 — finish. But the Sooners must at least play one of their final two scheduled games to be eligible.
As important as the game results are to the Sooners are the results of the COVID tests leading up to the game.
“I think every single person in our program right now has anxiety when they take the test,” Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley said. “I know we have a good plan in place if I were to test positive, but I absolutely have anxiety.”
The Sooners’ recent struggles with COVID led to another development — the potential for Bob Stoops to return to help coach.
Stoops, who coached the Sooners for 18 years and is the winningest coach in program history, was on the field for practice Tuesday and could potentially help throughout the rest of the week and Saturday’s game as some assistants could be held out due to testing or contact tracing.
“It’s kind of been in our hip pocket this whole time,” Riley said. “If we had any staff member who fell off, we have a Hall of Famer sitting on the bench. It’s a pretty good bench when you can call that guy up.”
Stoops retired before the 2017 season, handing the program over to Riley.
Bears at Sooners Betting Pick for December 5, 2020
The Sooners have won six consecutive games against the Bears by an average score of 45-31. Last year the two teams met twice with Oklahoma winning 34-31 in Waco and 30-23 in overtime in the Big 12 Championship game.
Bears at Sooners Betting Pick:
Sooners 48, Bears 20
Bears at Sooners Best Bet for December 5, 2020
The last two games in Norman between these two have been high-scoring affairs with the Sooners winning 66-33 in 2018 and 45-24 in 2016. The Sooners have scored 165 points their last three games while allowing only 50. The Bears’ season-high of 47 points game in a win over Kansas in their season opener.
Bears at Sooners Best Bet: OVER 63.5