Oklahoma 38, Oklahoma State 20: What Does It All Mean?
Oklahoma rocked Oklahoma State 38-20 to take the Bedlam win. What does it all mean?
And now it’s off to the Sugar Bowl
Oklahoma needed chaos to kick in – like a Colorado win over Washington – to have any reasonable shot at getting into the College Football Playoff. It might be red hot, coming up with an unbeaten Big 12 season, but it’ll have to settle for the Sugar Bowl and yet another conference title. It might not be quite what the program might have wanted coming off a CFP trip last year, but considering the ugly early start, 10-2 with a second straight Big 12 championship certainly isn’t bad.
The game so nice they might play it twice
Here’s the problem. Oklahoma was dominant and won the Big 12 in a walk. It was a fair run, it rolled through everyone after battling hard with Texas, and there’s absolutely no question whatsoever who the One True Champion really is. It would really, really stink if this was 2017 and the two had to play next week in some gimmicky Big 12 Championship game, but that’s what’s going to happen. Although, it’s possible for Oklahoma vs. Oklahoma State to be moved earlier in the season – but you get the point.
In lousy conditions, and with Dede Westbrook out with an apparent head injury after catching four passes for 111 yards and a score, Oklahoma got the ground game working. Oklahoma State ran well – averaging almost six yards per carry – but the Sooners ground the Cowboys into the ground. Joe Mixon added more flash, while Samaje Perine pounded out 239 yards and a score – and there could’ve been a second, but took a knee on one of the final plays – on a grinding 37 carries. The versatility of the OU offense came through. If you can crank up 629 yards when the passing game is missing its top weapon, you’re doing something right.
The greatness of Bob Stoops
Bob Stoops now has ten Big 12 championships, and nine home losses. He doesn’t get put in the same discussion as Urban Meyer or Nick Saban since he doesn’t have the national champions, with an s, but he’s certainly proving time and again that he’s one of the true legends. It stinks that his Sooners didn’t show up against Houston, and they were outclassed at home by Ohio State, but they rumbled through the Big 12 with the offense answering every challenge. This makes it 14, ten-win seasons in the last 17. He’s Big Game Bob after all. Or, at the very least, he’s Big 12 Bob.
The Baker Mayfield Heisman run
He’s not going to win it, but he made a case to at least be a Heisman finalist. It wasn’t the game to throw it 45 times, but he was efficient and effective completing 13-of-19 passes for 288 yards and three touchdowns – and no picks. Now, Mayfield is a two-time Big 12 champion quarterback, closing out Oklahoma regular season career with a stellar game, even if the ground attack did the heavy-lifting. More efficient than he was last year, and in a year without any obvious No. 2 guys, he deserves the trip to New York.