Picks: Baylor will stay undefeated

Why the Bears will knock off Oklahoma St., plus picks for Week 13's big games

Updated: November 21, 2013, 10:58 AM ET
By Phil Steele | ESPN Insider

BaylorMatthew Emmons/USA TODAY SportsCan Baylor stay undefeated and get closer to a potential BCS bowl berth?

Each week during the 2013 college football season I will offer up my picks and scores for the biggest games in addition to a handful of other key matchups. 

Week 12 is in the books and my picks went 7-2. Overall, my record now stands at 83-25 this year.

After a week that saw USC upset Stanford (by the same score I picked) and Auburn pull off a miracle win over Georgia, this week's slate features five games involving ranked versus ranked teams, and all have major implications on both conference titles and BCS bids.


No. 4 Baylor Bears at No. 10 Oklahoma State Cowboys

Saturday at 8 p.m. ET, ABC

The Cowboys have owned this series, winning 14 of the past 16 games, but last year the Bears got the win 41-34. Oklahoma State, however, has won its past seven home games over Baylor by an average of 26 points per game and now it gets the added edge of having "College GameDay" on hand for only the fourth time and the first time when not facing rival Oklahoma.

Both teams are red hot, as the Cowboys have won five straight and are improving each week on both sides of the ball. Last week, they went into Austin and silenced a Texas team that had won six straight games. The star was quarterback Clint Chelf, who quieted his doubters by completing 73 percent of his passes and also added 95 rushing yards. The defense continues to rank among the nation's best at forcing turnovers, sporting a plus-13 turnover margin.

Phil Steele

ESPN Insider