Matt Rhule and his Baylor Bears may have suffered two defeats at the hands of Big 12 rival Oklahoma, but he isn’t holding that against the Sooners in the College Football Playoff.
In an appearance on ESPN’s Golic and Wingo, Rhule asserted that the Sooners have “a chance” of beating the heavily-favored LSU Tigers in the Peach Bowl. The Baylor head coach further tipped Oklahoma to “play a great game” against the No. 1 team in the country.
“…with Jalen Hurts, CeeDee Lamb, they have a great offense and they’re an offense that is going to run the football. They’re going to run the quarterback. Lincoln Riley is going to find a way to move the ball against anybody — I truly believe that — and defensively, they are way improved from last year. (Defensive coordinator) Alex Grinch has done a great job. They’ve got twitchy, athletic guys up front. They have a great linebacker in Kenneth Murray, who’s sideline to sideline. But I think anytime you have a great quarterback like Jalen Hurts, you put him on the national stage — they always have a chance. I think Oklahoma will play a great game.”
Rhule’s Bears came close on two occasions to knocking off the Sooners, first in the regular season at McLane Stadium, and then in the Big 12 Championship Game. But despite a 21-point lead in the first leg and a comeback that forced overtime in the second, they couldn’t seal the deal.
As for Oklahoma, the Sooners head into the College Football Playoff as the only one-loss team in the tournament.
Should they pull off the upset over LSU they will still be underdogs in the national title game next month.
Matt Rhule may not be shaking pom-poms for the Sooners, but he isn’t underestimating them either.