Oklahoma football: Sooners in the unusual role of underdog against Baylor

The Las Vegas Sports Book earlier this week listed the Bears, undefeated and No. 6 in the BCS standings, as a 12-point favorite for the Nov. 7 meeting in Waco. That would be the biggest road line against the Sooners during Stoops' tenure.
by Ryan Aber Modified: November 2, 2013 at 10:00 am •  Published: November 1, 2013

Oklahoma has been a double-digit underdog just twice in the Stoops era.

In 2000, the Sooners were 10.5-point underdogs to Florida State in the Orange Bowl. OU won that game — and the national title — 13-2.

Texas was a 14-point favorite over the Sooners in 2005, a game Oklahoma lost 45-12.

That Sooners team, though, came in having dropped two of its first three games and with a shaky quarterback situation.

While the Sooners haven't received the stellar quarterback play this season that they have in many years since Josh Heupel's arrival in 1999, Blake Bell has been mostly solid at the position since taking over early in the season and the Sooners have just one loss — and a No. 10 BCS ranking — heading into Baylor.

“Everything we've been through, it shows a lot,” senior safety Gabe Lynn said. “We've got guys with character and stuff like that, because we had huge losses, as far as like Corey (Nelson) and now Trey (Millard) and Jordan Phillips, and then the loss against Texas.

“But we're still fighting. Some weeks, the offense might not look as good as it's supposed to be. Some weeks, the defense might not look that good, but each time we come back and we just keep getting better and better.”

Baylor has been favored over the Sooners twice in the Big 12 era. In 1998, the Bears were 4 1/2-point favorites at home before Oklahoma won 28-16. In 1996, also in Waco, Baylor was favored by a touchdown, but the Sooners won 28-24.

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by Ryan Aber
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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