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November 7, 2013

Facing two-touchdown underdog tag, OU looks to prove itself

WACO, Texas — Gambling is a major no-no for college football players. Therefore “point spread” is not supposed to be in their vernacular.

But just about every Oklahoma player knows they enter today’s showdown with No. 5 Baylor as a two-touchdown underdog.

“It’s kinda funny to me, but I also think it’s disrespectful,” OU cornerback Aaron Colvin said. “Whatever they want to say, everyone is entitled to an opinion. We know what we’re capable of and we’re not really worried about what anybody has to say.”

The underdog status puts the 12th-ranked Sooners (7-1, 4-1 Big 12) in a very unique spot. During Bob Stoops’ tenure, the Sooners have only been a double-digit underdog a few times. The last time was the 2005 Red River Rivalry meeting with Texas. The Sooners were a 141⁄2-point underdog going into that game and lost 45-12.

Statistically, that was one of Stoops’ worst teams. It went 8-4 and finished the season No. 22. The Longhorns, however,  went on to win the national championship.

Are the fifth-ranked Bears (7-0, 3-0) at that level? The mystery will begin to unravel when the teams met at 6:30 p.m. today at Floyd Casey Stadium.

There are ample reasons why OU appears to be going uphill tonight. It might have won seven of eight games, but dominating performances have been few.

Baylor, on the other hand, has destroyed every team it’s played this season but Kansas State, a contest it won 35-25 in Manhattan. Sure, its schedule has been tame, but a 48-point average margin of victory is impossible to ignore.

The Sooners fully understand what they’re up against.

“Everyone is excited about the opportunity to go down there and play an excellent football team, a team that’s been great, obviously, in every category,” OU coach Bob Stoops said.

The Sooners have excelled in these situations.

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