Nothing intimidates an opponent prior to a game like a well-oiled, well run warmup on the field.; that or pure brutality and intensity.
Baylor football coach Matt Rhule chose to go with the latter on Saturday.
Prior to the kickoff of their game against the Duke Blue Devils, the Bears took their entire team and met at midfield. Their warmup was an unconventional one to say the least: the Oklahoma drill.
The Oklahoma drill is pure physicality, aggressiveness, and brute force. It’s more a test of will-power than anything else. Usually reserved for special occasions or off-weeks where the risk of missing game time due to injury is minimized, the Bears through caution to the wind.
They set up shop in the middle of Duke’s field and started beating the crap out of each other. If you’re a Duke squad watching this before the game, you might quiver in your cleats just a little bit.
Unfortunately, the pre-game intensity didn’t translate.
With a little over five minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, the Bears trailed by 11 points.