Across the Country – Week 13

Alabama Football

**Note: This was a print-only story**

No. 4 Baylor at No. 10 Oklahoma State (Boone Pickens Stadium – Stillwater, Okla., 7 p.m. CT, ABC)

For a conference in the midst of a “down year,” this game has all the makings to be one of the best of the season. Both Big 12 title and BCS bowl hope may be on the line in a game that sees two of the nation’s highest scoring offenses square off. Baylor averages 61 points to go along with over 680 yards of total offense per game behind Heisman candidate quarterback Bryce Petty, while Oklahoma State scores 40 points per game with newfound quarterback Clint Chelf leading the way the past few weeks. The Bears’ defense, which quietly sits at 11th in the nation just one year after it was the second-worst in college football, may give Baylor the edge.

No. 12 Texas A&M at No. 22 LSU (Tiger Stadium – Baton Rouge, La., 2:30 p.m. CT, CBS)

Despite losses to Alabama and Auburn earlier this season, Texas A&M still has a lot to play for in its final two regular season games of the year. If the Aggies defeat LSU and Missouri in the following week, and if Auburn loses to Alabama in the Iron Bowl, Texas A&M will likely get an at-large bid for the Sugar Bowl. But that’s easier said than done for Johnny Manziel and company, who played their worst game of the season last year against LSU. With Texas A&M’s ability to score on any team in the nation and its suspect defense going up against a balanced LSU attack, a shootout that comes down to the very end is very possible.

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