Matt Rhule's Bold Shot at Oklahoma Recruits Last Year Could Become Reality for Baylor This Saturday

Zach Brunner
Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl - Baylor v Vanderbilt
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It has taken Baylor Bears head coach Matt Rhule three seasons to build a Big 12 title contender in Waco, but it only took him two years to start talking like the conference champ.

Roughly one year ago, Rhule reportedly made a host of bold predictions about how things would shake out in Waco come this Saturday.

The crazy part is that everything he predicted would happen up until this point has actually been correct, as Rhule and his undefeated Bears prepare for a Week 12 showdown with No. 9 Oklahoma for the top spot in the Big 12.

Perhaps, no prediction was more charged than his claim that any recruits who passed on coming to Baylor in 2019, including those who committed to Oklahoma instead, would regret not being a part of his Bears' team after this weekend's result.

Rhule reportedly told recruits last year that, "you will turn on the TV next season when we're hosting Oklahoma and you'll wish you were a part of this team because [ESPN College Game Day] will be in Waco."

ESPN College GameDay Location for Week 12

One big part of the Baylor coach's prediction has already come to fruition thus far, with ESPN College GameDay heading to Waco this weekend for the highly anticipated matchup between the Big 12's top two teams.

With a perfect 9-0 record, Baylor currently ranks No. 12 in the country ahead of this Saturday, but the Bears face a tall task against the likes of Heisman Trophy contender Jalen Hurts and the Sooners.

Saturday should feature a battle of strengths at McLane Stadium, with the high-scoring Oklahoma offense averaging 48.4 points per game (PPG) set to collide with Baylor's tough defense. Allowing only 19.0 PPG thus far, the Bears rank as the stingiest scoring defense in the Big 12.

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