Red River Rally. Oklahoma 29, Texas 24: What Does It All Mean?
Baker Mayfield came up with the thrilling, gutty finish as Oklahoma get by Texas. What does it all mean?
Oklahoma 29, Texas 24
Prediction: Texas 27, Oklahoma 24
Line: Oklahoma -7.5, o/u: 64.5
And the 2017 Heisman Trophy goes to … Baker Mayfield.
Really? You’re going to keep fighting me on this, America? Not only did Mayfield come up with the performance of the year at Ohio State, but he gutted it out in a tough win over Texas.
Okay, he finally threw a pick, but he came up with the game-winning touchdown pass after getting beaten up and knocked out for a moment – not literally, but with an apparent shoulder injury. Saquon Barkley will get his shot in big games, and Bryce Love isn’t without his charm, but come on.
Give Texas all the credit in the world for not turtling up after a miserable start. Sam Ehlinger did everything he could, completing 19-of-39 passes for 278 yards and a score, and ran 22 times for a team-high 106 yards and a score.
The No. 2 Texas runner? Chris Warren ran five times for 11 yards and a score. That’s not okay.
And now, the new era of the rivalry has its benchmark. If the Lincoln Riley-Tom Herman battles are this good for the next 20 years … yay.
Oklahoma still has question marks after the rough upset to Iowa State and with the way it had to rally in Dallas. It’s got to be able to put away teams faster, and the defense has to be able to come up with third down stops. Texas kept running Ehlinger and kept the game alive with key third down play after key third down play.
So what does this all mean for Oklahoma? Now the College Football Playoff dreams are still on, but the Sooners are beaten up. The defense was gassed, cramping, and leaving it all on the field. And now it has to gear up fast for a desperate Kansas State team.
There’s still Texas Tech, at Oklahoma State, TCU, and West Virginia to deal with. Yeah, one at a time, and OU isn’t looking quite strong enough to get through the remaining slate unscathed. But for now, the Sooners beat Texas. All is right with the world.
So what does this all mean for Texas? Sam Ehlinger looks like a superstar to build around, but the defense has to bounce back in a hurry with Oklahoma State up next. Lose that, and there’s a problem with three of the next four games on the road.
And going bowling is hardly a lock.
It’ll be a battle with road games at TCU, Baylor and West Virginia to deal with, along with Texas Tech and OSU at home. Fortunately, Kansas is still on the slate – and Baylor. The Longhorns will get to six wins, but it can’t be a fight considering how good this team is.