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October 31, 2013

Sooners don’t mind that Bears no longer conference pushover

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But the most daunting seems to be against the team OU has beaten Baylor 15 times in 16 tries as conference rivals and are 21-1 against the Bears all time.

Where Baylor is and the importance it has on OU’s schedule shows how quickly things can change in college football and the Big 12 Conference.

“We’re very excited and obviously they’re a great team with a great coach. They’ve really been, maybe, the most dominant team — other than Oregon and Alabama — in college football this year,” center Gabe Ikard said. “So we’re very excited for the opportunity and excited to play in a big game on the road. Those are always fun. It’s going to be a great atmosphere. I’m excited to get down to Waco and play. It’ll be interesting.”

If someone hadn’t paid attention to college football for a couple years, hearing the words like “big challenge” and “great atmosphere” coming from OU players and coaches when discussing Baylor, would be nothing more than polite talk.

Well, times have changed. And the Sooners fully understand they’re seven days away from their biggest road challenge of the season.

“In the Big 12, there’s a lot of good teams and, no matter what the records say, I think anybody can get beat on any day,” Lynn said. “So every week we’ve got to have that kind of attitude like it’s all on the line right here.”

John Shinn

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