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.”