There’s no Heisman scenario when the two teams take the field Saturday in Norman, but there’s a near certainty for another shootout.
“We beat them last year and it’s a good deal and we feed off of that,” Baylor quarterback Nick Florence told reporters at the Bears weekly press conference. “But at the same time it’s a totally different year and we are a totally different team and they are a totally different team. So yeah, we beat them last year and that’s great, but it’s a new year, it’s a new time and let’s write a new chapter this year.”
Baylor snapped a four-game losing streak last week against Kansas. Despite the fact the Jayhawks are at the bottom of the Big 12 standings, the Bears just needed a win against anyone.
“It helps a bunch without question, because you have to feel right about what is going on in order to feel right as a team,” Baylor head coach Art Briles said. “It is definitely a boost to the morale and to the confidence, and it was much needed. Our initial goal every year is to get bowl eligible. If you can count to six then you have a chance to do it. We are at four right now so we need to get a couple of more wins. You have to get to four before you get to five.”
To get to five, though, Baylor is going to have to win at Oklahoma, something the Bears have yet to do as members of the Big 12. Oklahoma has also won four of its last five games and third year starting quarterback Landry Jones is starting to play like the people expected him to at the start of the season.
“He is a three-year starter and has won more games than anyone else in OU history,” Briles said. “They are a rhythm team and they allow him to get the ball out of his hand very quickly. He is an exceptional quarterback.”
But on the Baylor side of the ball, Nick Florence continues to have a solid season, throwing for better than 3,000 yards and 25 touchdowns with four games left in the regular season. That includes a 367-yard, three-touchdown, zero-interception performance against Kansas last Saturday. A performance like that, coupled with the team’s 42 point offensive outburst might enough to get the Baylor attack back on track.
“We really just needed to get the ball rolling,” Florence said. “We needed some more confidence, and it was a big confidence booster. I think we played a complete game with no turnovers.”