Oklahoma's defense has struggled at times on the road this season. The Sooners face another big challenge Saturday night in Waco.
Baylor is led by quarterback Robert Griffin, considered by some as a Heisman Trophy candidate a few weeks ago before the Bears lost back-to-back games.
"He's an excellent athlete with great speed," OU coach Bob Stoops said Monday on the Big 12 teleconference. "He does a nice job making people miss. He's throwing the football well. He's a strong quarterback with a lot of talent."
Fourth in the nation in total offense, Griffin has thrown for 3,216 yards and 20 touchdowns with only six interceptions. A former sprint standout, Griffin also has rushed for 508 yards.
The challenge is trying to apply pressure and keep Griffin in the pocket to prevent him from breaking a long run or two.
"That's a big factor, staying in front of him," Stoops said. "You have to be very aware of your rush lanes and not take too wide of angles from your inside rushers of trying to squeeze the pocket and keep him in front of you."
Baylor's offense, ranked eighth nationally, averages 489.2 yards a game. The Bears are balanced. Tailback Jay Finley has rushed for 1,073 yards and 11 touchdowns, averaging 6.5 yards a carry.
"He's an excellent player," Stoops said. "He's also a dangerous guy with the football. They've got a lot of good skill players. He's another guy that can really hurt you."
And it's a road game.
That's been a hot topic the past month considering how the Sooners have played away from Owen Field.
OU outscored three conference opponents 140-17 at home but surrendered 69 points in two conference road losses, including giving up a kickoff return for a touchdown in both games.
Stoops wasn't asked about OU's road struggles on Monday's teleconference. But after Saturday's win Stoops was asked about finishing on the road at Baylor and Oklahoma State.
Stoops said he's focused on Baylor and quipped he could rehash the road issue with the media again Tuesday at his weekly press and was asked if the Sooners can win their final two games to win the Big 12 South.
"We'll see," Stoops said. "We're getting ready to do it."
Is it a matter of losing focus on the road?
"I don't believe so," Stoops said. "I think it just comes down to making plays when you have the opportunity to make them."
Baylor is guaranteed of finishing no worse than .500 in league play for the first time since the conference was formed. Is it the best Baylor team Stoops has faced?
"Probably," Stoops said. "Art (Briles) has done an excellent job. Every year we've played them I've been very aware of how they're playing and how he's built that program...
"It's a team that's played really well this year that everybody knows about and has talked about. Art is a coach I've had respect for a long time. Art and his staff have done a great job. We're aware of it. We have to keep making improvements, execute and make plays when we have the opportunity."