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Today’s Big 12 capsules

November 28, 2009

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Texas Tech (7-4, 4-3) vs. Baylor (4-7, 1-6) at Arlington, Texas, 5 p.m. (FSKC)

Line: Texas Tech by 201⁄2.

Series Record: Texas Tech leads 34-32-1.

Last Meeting: 2008, Texas Tech 35-28.

What’s at Stake

Texas Tech looks to maximize its postseason possibilities with a 14th consecutive victory against Baylor. The Red Raiders beat Oklahoma 41-13 last weekend, its largest ever over the Sooners, to become bowl eligible. Baylor closes out its 15th straight season without a bowl. The Bears are coming off lopsided losses to Texas and Texas A&M. In March, the teams signed a two-year agreement to meet in the Dallas area. This year’s game is at the Dallas Cowboys’ new stadium and they will play at the Cotton Bowl in 2010.

Key Matchup

Texas Tech’s running game vs. Baylor’s defense. Mike Leach and the Red Raiders are known for their prolific passing numbers. RB Baron Batch, however, rushed for 136 yards against Oklahoma. Baylor has the worst run defense in the Big 12 and gave up 375 yards on the ground in a 38-3 loss to Texas A&M.

Players to watch

Texas Tech: DE Brandon Sharpe has 13 sacks and needs one more to tie the single-season school record. With 21⁄2 against Oklahoma, Sharpe is second nationally in sacks.

Baylor: QB Nick Florence, who was third on the depth chart when the season started, has been intercepted five times the past two games since throwing for 427 yards in a victory over Missouri.

No. 11 Oklahoma State (9-2, 6-1, Big 12) at Oklahoma (6-5, 4-3), 11:30 a.m. (FSKC)

Line: Oklahoma by 91⁄2.

Series Record: Oklahoma leads 79-17-7.

Last meeting: 2008, Oklahoma 61-41.

What’s at Stake

Oklahoma State could position itself for an at-large bid to the Bowl Championship Series — the first in school history — if it can snap a six-game losing streak against Oklahoma in the Bedlam rivalry. The Sooners are trying to protect a 29-game home winning streak.

Key Matchup

Oklahoma State RB Keith Toston vs. Oklahoma defense. Toston leads the Big 12 with an average of 121.4 yards rushing in conference play while the Sooners rank eighth in the nation in rush defense (91 ypg) even after allowing a season-high 161 yards in last week’s loss at Texas Tech.

Players to Watch

Oklahoma State: CB Perrish Cox. Besides leading the nation in passes defended, he also scored on a punt return in a win against Colorado last week.

Oklahoma: WR Ryan Broyles. A Norman native who decommitted from the Cowboys at the last minute to attend Oklahoma, he’s been the go-to guy in the Sooners’ offense with at least seven catches in five consecutive games.

Facts & Figures

Coach Mike Gundy has said Oklahoma State QB Zac Robinson will start after missing last week’s game with shoulder and head injuries. ... A ranked Cowboys team is facing an unranked Sooners team for only the third time in series history. The opposite scenario has occurred 38 times. ... Oklahoma has lost only twice at home under coach Bob Stoops, but one of the losses came against Oklahoma State in 2001. The Sooners have won 49 of 50 home games since. ... OSU is seeking a school-record fifth straight conference road victory.

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