Big 12 Championship: No. 5 Oklahoma State eyes CFP in matchup with No. 9 Baylor

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Posted at 1:04 PM, Nov 30, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-30 19:33:48-05

ARLINGTON, Texas — Oklahoma State is on the doorstep of college football greatness headed into the school's first-ever Big 12 Championship game.

The Cowboys (11-1 overall; 8-1 Big 12) will take on the Baylor Bears (10-2 overall; 7-2 Big 12) on Saturday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.

OSU is coming off of their first win over Oklahoma since 2014, sending their in-state rival spiraling into the postseason while keeping their own College Football Playoff hopes alive.

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The Cowboys are No. 5 in the latest CFP rankings released Tuesday.

The football program has won 11 conference titles dating to 1926, but Saturday's game will mark its first appearance in a postseason conference championship game in school history.

Head coach Mike Gundy is aiming to take control of the Big 12 with OU and Texas heading to the SEC in 2025.

"In my opinion, we should take the lead role [in the Big 12]," Gundy says.

"We need to establish ourselves as the top of this thing moving forward."

The Cowboys are facing the Bears who they beat in Stillwater 24-14 on Oct. 2.

No. 9 Baylor is hoping for the return of starting quarterback Gerry Bohanon in time for Saturday. Bohanon, a fourth-year junior, has been out since hurting his right hamstring late in the first half at Kansas State on Nov. 20.

Bears head coach Dave Aranda says Bohanon is “awfully eager” and said that the quarterback would be at practice headed toward Saturday.

“He’s going to go through all that, so we’ll see kind of where he’s at,” Aranda says.

“Gerry is the leader for us and is a stalwart really. And so I think he’s the face of what we’re doing over here, and so we’re excited to have him back and kind of see where it goes.”

Redshirt freshman Blake Shapen finished the 20-10 win over the Wildcats and started against Texas Tech last week, throwing for 254 yards and two touchdowns in his first start for a 27-24 win.

Kickoff on Saturday is scheduled for 11 a.m.

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