OSU-Baylor: Position Group Comparisons

Calvin Barnett pressures David Ash in 2012 game.

A caller asked today on my radio show to compare the position groups of both the Oklahoma State Cowboys and the Baylor Bears. I don't know how much that kind of comparison matters as they don't matchup against each other but it is interesting and can be a reflection of overall team strength. Here's what I came up.

Quarterback: The numbers are incredible and you have to favor Bryce Petty. He is a Heisman Trophy candidate and statistically one of the best quarterbacks in college football.
Bryce Petty over Clint Chelf

Running Back: Which one for Baylor? Is it Lache Seatrunk or Glasco Martin? Or is it the third-team guy, Shock Linwood, who has gone over 180 yards the last two weeks. Desmond Roland has been good for Oklahoma State but it's tough to top the Baylor trio, and even the fourth back the Bears threw out there last week as he went for more than 100 yards.

Baylor over Oklahoma State

Receivers: Baylor is missing Reese now, but Goodley is really good with freshman Robbie Rhodes a developing playmaker. Oklahoma State is good with Josh Stewart coming back and both Tracy and Charlie Moore and emerging young receivers like Jhajuan Seales and Marcell Ateman.

Oklahoma State over Baylor

Offensive Line: Until Tuesday, with Spencer Drango this matchup was no better than a push, and I think Baylor might have had an edge. But with Drango out and the Cowboys with two strong seniors in Brandon Webb and Parker Graham, along with dependable center Jake Jenkins and mean right tackle Daniel Koenig, you have to give the edge to the Cowboys.

Oklahoma State over Baylor

Defensive Line:< The Cowboys are solid here as Calvin Barnett is a future NFL draft choice and James Castleman may be as well. The ends for both teams are perhaps unsung, but Sam Wren is coming on fast for the Cowboys.

Oklahoma State over Baylor

Linebackers: Before the injury to Bryce Hager last week this was a push, but the trio of Shaun Lewis, Caleb Lavey and Ryan Simmons trumps the Bears' Nick Lacky.

Oklahoma State over Baylor

Secondary: Both teams are loaded here. Safety Ahmad Dixon of the Bears and cornerback Justin Gilbert of the Cowboys are likely very high NFL draft selections next spring. Kevin Peterson is another strong contributor for OSU along with safety Daytawion Lowe. K.J. Morton at corner for Baylor is a very physical, hard-hitting player as a corner.

Even

Special Teams: I know this may reek of homer-ism, but with the return game, kickoff cover unit, and punt cover unit of the Cowboys offset the edge the Bears have at field goal and PAT kicker with veteran Aaron Jones.

Oklahoma State over Baylor

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