Campus Corner

November 21, 2013

Around the nation: Baylor-Oklahoma State takes big stage

Baylor heads to Oklahoma State on Saturday with the Big 12 title on the line. The Bears’ last loss came on Nov. 10, 2012, so it has been more than a year since Baylor has tasted defeat (13 straight victories). Should Bryce Petty be receiving stronger consideration for the Heisman? He leads the nation in passing efficiency and is on a NCAA record pace in the category.

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Game of the week

Baylor at Oklahoma State

The Bears’ last loss came on Nov. 10, 2012, so it has been more than a year since Baylor has tasted defeat (13 straight victories). Should Bryce Petty be receiving stronger consideration for the Heisman? He leads the nation in passing efficiency and is on a NCAA record pace in the category. The Bears lead the nation in several major offensive categories, including scoring (61.2 points per game) and total yards (684.8). Oklahoma State has forced a turnover in 18 straight games and is fourth in the nation in turnover margin at plus 1.3 per game. First one to 50 wins?

Upset of the week

Texas A over LSU

Look, the Aggies defense is terrible, dead last in the SEC in yards allowed (454.4). But this isn’t a championship-level LSU defense. Johnny Manziel and wide receiver Mike Evans should be able to put up big numbers. Both teams are coming off an open week, but the Tigers have lost two of its previous three with a second-half pull away from Furman in between.

Others to watch

Arizona State at UCLA

With a victory, the Sun Devils can do no worse than tie for first in the Pac-12 South and they’ll play for the conference title. The Bruins must deal with a solid Arizona State front seven and the Sun Devils lead the conference in takeaways. UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr is a game-changer who can make things tough for Arizona State quarterback Taylor Kelly.

Wisconsin at Minnesota

Paul Bunyan’s Axe has gone to Wisconsin for nine straight years, but the Gophers are game. Minnesota has won four straight and played its way into the BCS conversation. But as hot as the Gophers are, the Badgers have been even better with five straight victories and a pair of 1,000-yard rushers in Melvin Gordon and James White.

On the horizon: Nov. 30

UCLA at USC

Back as a big game

Alabama at Auburn

Iron Bowl for the ages

Texas A at Missouri

Tigers could be line for SEC East title

Clemson at South Carolina

Big-time grudge match

Blair Kerkhoff’s Heisman race

1. Johnny Manziel, Texas A

2. Jameis Winston, Florida State

3. A.J. McCarron, Alabama

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