Some observations while watching the gridiron journey Saturday of America’s football student-athletes.
1The schedule for the rankings is one thing, but the biggest reason No. 6 Baylor needs to boost its nonconference schedule is to be ready for the most important stretch of the season against the Big 12’s best teams.
2The Oklahoma game wasn’t exactly the Class 4A playoffs or even Brownwood for that matter, but Baylor freshman QB Jarrett Stidham will be a better player because of his experience Saturday night. Just like Baylor would be with better competition in nonconference.
3Don’t concern yourself with a tryptophan overdose on Thanksgiving, the TCU-Baylor game Nov. 27 that was supposed to be for a trip to the CFP will now just be about settling old Southwest Conference scores. Well, and a well-paid bowl game.
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4If Oklahoma can win out, the Sooners will have put together a pretty good one-loss résumé to show the College Football Playoff committee. OU’s come-from-behind victory at Tennessee might be bigger than the loss to Texas.
5Oklahoma State’s struggles at Iowa State were predictable, coming off a game and victory that left them emotionally spent. But the Cowboys did what they needed to do: win.