Sixth-ranked Baylor made a believer out of Fox Sports 1 analysts Joel Klatt and Petros Papadakis with its 41-12 thrashing of No. 10 Oklahoma on Thursday night.
Klatt, a former Colorado quarterback, said the Bears deserved consideration to play in the BCS national championship game.
“What this Baylor program has done has just been amazing,” he said late in the game. “I played against this program in the early 2000s and they were just the pits, couldn't win a Big 12 game. And to think now in November, beating a top 10 team at home, puts them in that conversation with the Ohio States, the Alabamas, the Oregons, the Stanfords. This is a quality, quality team coached by Art Briles.”
Later he added, “This team is for real. They can play some defense and their offense can score with anybody in the country.”
Papadakis, a former USC running back, said Baylor showed in beating “one of the big boys” that “they really are making a statement nationally.”
Papadakis, who has concentrated on West Coast games in recent years, clearly was out of his league in the Big 12. He kept talking about how OU was the league's most physical team. He apparently hadn't seen the tape of the OU-Texas game. His shrill voice also was annoying in a crowded three-man booth, often repeating the comments of Klatt, Fox Sports' top college football analyst.
“Oklahoma was trying to prove Baylor was a little brother,” he said. “Little brother was pretty physical tonight.”
On Bell's first interception, Klatt noted he telegraphed the pass. “His eyes were plastered all over the receiver (Jalen Saunders) the whole way down. Never saw the backside linebacker, and these second-level defenders for Baylor continue to make life miserable for Oklahoma.”
Besides missed tackles, OU had frequent defensive lapses in the secondary.
On Antwan Goodley's 24-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter, Klatt noted confusion on the assignments. “They clearly were running a zone defense, but Gabe Lynn and Aaron Colvin, the two seniors, the two ones with the most experience in the Oklahoma defensive secondary, are caught not knowing the coverage … That is a crucial mistake.”
* Fox Sports 1 made Baylor third-string running back Shock Linwood, who rushed for 182 yards, the player of the game. “He physically took his team on his back,” Klatt said. “You've got a third-string running back physically taking it to a physically strong Oklahoma team,” Papadakis said.
* Play-by-play announcer Justin Kutcher, in the second quarter, on the low-scoring start of the game: “Don't adjust your screen. The score is right, 5-3.”
* Papadakis and Fox rules expert Mike Periera disagreed with the officials' on the targeting penalty on Baylor defensive back K.J. Martin, which knocked OU receiver Sterling Shepherd out of the game. Papadakis thought Martin should have been ejected. “I think what's going to hurt him as they look at is he really followed through with his forearm to the head.” Periera said: “I think the bulk of the content was shoulder to shoulder. I like that they keept him in the game.”