Oklahoma made it three in a row with a shocking trouncing of TCU in the Big 12 Championship.
BIG 12 CHAMPIONSHIP
Game Preview & Prediction
Final Score: Oklahoma 41, TCU 17
Prediction: Oklahoma 31, TCU 30
Line: Oklahoma -7, o/u: 63.5
5. No drama, no problem
At least after halftime.
TCU was supposed to be healthier. It was supposed to be ready. It was supposed to come into this knowing it was getting a second chance to pull something off.
17-0, the offense was working right away, and even with TCU fighting back, there wasn’t an issue as the offense kept on answering every call. And why did this all work?
4. The OU D
Just like in the first game, the defense rose up and rocked in the second half.
TCU pushed in the second quarter to make it a game, but the defense kept coming up with stop after stop, the offense pulled ahead, and it was a walk in the park the rest of the way.
There wasn’t a whole lot from the pass rush, but there was enough to come up with two takeaways, do a nice job on third downs, and shut down the TCU ground game to a stop at times.
All the defense needed to do was hold serve, and it did a whole lot more.
3. So where does OU go?
It’s almost a lock to go to the Rose Bowl.
If the Sooners are the No. 1 seed, they’re probably going to the Sugar Bowl to stay a bit closer to home, but they’re probably going to be the two or three – it doesn’t matter at that point.
There’s nothing wrong with Pasadena for the new year, Sooners. Baker in LA. That should be a blast.
2. Baker Mayfield’s Heisman clincher
Now there’s absolutely no excuse.
Go ahead and make a sort of statement if you want, and go ahead and make it all about you by picking something else. But Mayfield was brilliant when all the pressure was on in a College Football Playoff quarterfinal-like game.
He completed 15-of-23 passes for 243 yards and four scores, and ran six times for 65 yards.
Mayfield kept getting tested all year, and he kept producing time and again. The Heisman was probably locked up before no matter what, and now it’s in cement.
Mayfield was already a legend, and now …
1. That’s No. 3
That’s not bad for a walk-on.
Three Big 12 championships in a row. Two College Football Playoff appearances in three seasons. One Heisman Trophy.
Mayfield came through. The running game came through. The defense came through. The coaching came through. Lincoln Riley came through. And now, even though it was a rematch, and even though there was no need to deal with another game to prove that Oklahoma was the best team in the Big 12 this season.
Oklahoma was the best team in the Big 12 this season. Just like it was last season, and the year before that.
The machine keeps on rolling.