Baylor football’s Twitter account this week said the school issued more than 450 media credentials for Thursday night meeting’s between the No. 6 Bears and visiting No. 10 Oklahoma. That includes 12 NFL team scouts and five bowl game reps coming by just to hang out.
Well, well, well.
Pregame.com’s RJ Bellreports that Oklahoma, a 14-point underdog, hasn’t been this far on the other side of a spread since it was 14 1/2 wrong to Texas in 2005 — and lost by 33 to the eventual national champions.
Not sure if all that much attention will be heaped upon the “other” matchup between two Top 10 BCS teams on Thursday — No. 3 Oregon at No. 5 Stanford. The Ducks are a 7 1/2-point favorite. The teams have split the past four meetings. The road teams won the last two. And a year ago, Stanford held Oregon to 14.
Saturday also features No. 1 Alabama as a 11-point favorite against No. 11 LSU — the 51st straight game the Tide has been favored, reports Bell. In each instance, Alabama has averaged a more-than three TD advantage. Alabama hasn’t been favored this much over LSU since 1999.
With BCS rankings and records where appropriate:
OF LOCAL INTEREST:
== No. 19 UCLA (6-2, 3-2 Pac-12 South) at Arizona (6-2, 3-2 Pac-12 South): Saturday at 7 p.m., ESPN (Joe Tessitore, Matt Millen and Maria Taylor)
== USC (6-3, 3-2 Pac 12 South) at Cal (1-8, 0-6 Pac-12 North): Saturday at noon, Channel 11 (Dick Stockton, Charles Davis, Kristina Pink)
PAC-12 WILLING PARTICIPANTS:
== No. 3 Oregon (8-0, 5-0 P12 North) at No. 5 Stanford (7-1, 5-1 P12 North): Thursday at 6 p.m., ESPN (Rece Davis, Jesse Palmer, David Pollack, Samantha Ponder and Heather Cox)
== No. 22 Arizona State (6-2, 4-1 P12 South) at Utah (4-4, 1-4 P12 South): Saturday at 1 p.m., Pac-12 Network (Ted Robinson, Glenn Parker, Drea Avent)
== Colorado (3-5, 0-5 P12 South) at Washington (5-3, 2-3 P12 North): Saturday at 5 p.m., Pac-12 Network (Kevin Calabro, Yogi Roth, Jill Savage)
Bye week for Oregon State (6-3, 4-2) and Washington State (4-5, 2-4)
OTHER MARQUEE MATCHUPS:
== No. 10 Oklahoma (7-1, 4-1 ) at No. 6 Baylor (7-0, 4-0): Thursday at 4:30 p.m., FS1 (Justin Kutcher, Petros Papadakis, Joel Klatt, Kristina Pink)
== No. 13 LSU (7-2, 3-2 SEC West) at No. 1 Alabama (8-0, 5-0 SEC West): Saturday at 5 p.m., Channel 2 (Verne Lundquist, Gary Danielson, Tracy Wolfson)
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