Sooners, Bears on national stage tonight

11/7/13 in NCAAF   |   andrewgilman   |   20 respect

A little less than two hours to kickoff for the biggest game of the season for …
 
Oklahoma.
 
And you thought this one was about Baylor. Hmm.
 
Well, while the college football world is fascinated with the Bears and their offense, Thursday night in Waco, Texas, is a massive opportunity for coach Bob Stoops and the Sooners to reclaim some ground on the national landscape.
 
At 7-1 and ranked No. 10, most have written off Oklahoma, thanks to a loss in October to Texas. Yet, OU has already beaten a pair of ranked opponents including then-unbeaten Texas Tech a week ago. 
 
OU moved up five spots in the BCS rankings after that win over the Red Raiders and could slide into the top five after a win over Baylor tonight.
 
However, most aren't giving OU much of a chance. At least Las Vegas isn't. The Sooners began the week as a 14-point underdog, but that number has crept up to as much as 17 in some spots. Part of that is fascination with the impressive offensive numbers Baylor has put up and part of it may be attributed to the fact the Bears are playing at home on a Thursday night in what has to be the biggest game in school history.
 
Oct 26, 2013; Norman, OK, USA; Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Blake Bell looks at the scoreboard during the first quarter against Texas Tech Red Raiders at Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY SportsBaylor hasn't been in this spot before. It has never been 7-0, never been ranked in the top five and certainly never had any amount of pressure close to what it's about to face against OU.
 
And the Bears have also not played the kind of schedule OU has this year. Only two of its opponents have a winning record and that resume will be ripped if in fact the Sooners are able to win, most will say Baylor was a fraud and downgrade their accomplishments.
 
But this game is about OU. A win and the Sooners will have beaten back-to-back undefeated teams ranked in the top 15 of the BCS. A win and the Sooenrs are back among the best in the nation. A national title might be out of the question, but OU will have a highly impressive body of work, equal to any SEC team.
 
Baylor is the main attraction on ESPN tonight. The Bears are the massive favorite, too.
 
But it's the Sooners who stand to gain the most.
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