February 21, 2018

Sooners overcome injuries in win over Buckeyes

10 September 2017, 11:01 | Randolph Howard

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Baker Mayfield didn't need to whomp the hell out of Ohio State on Saturday to convince anybody that he's a star.

Oklahoma didn't lose a game after that, reeling off 11 consecutive victories. Saturday night Mayfield and his Sooners team finally got the opportunity for revenge in Columbus, and boy did they ever take advantage of it.

Past year the Buckeyes had a team full of youth, but they still managed to beat up on the Sooners. Ohio State displayed a very lackluster performance as they fell to Oklahoma 31-16! The unit itself actually allowed just 5.0 yards per play against an offense that ranked 16th nationally in average gain a year ago.

Mayfield, who threw two interceptions, accepted much of the blame. I think Fromm will prove to be a better quarterback than Eason in the long run but true freshmen tend to make freshmen mistakes and Fromm is likely to do that a few times if he is needed to play a large portion of the season.

"It reflects our phrase 'we too deep, '" Morris said.

Offensively, Oklahoma is not the same team, despite the rock solid presence of Mayfield and Brown. The Sooners were facing an elite Ohio State front, which had given up 17 yards on 27 carries to IN in its season opener 10 days earlier.

Last year, Barrett threw four touchdown passes to lead the Buckeyes to a 45-24 win that catapulted them into the semifinals in spite of not even winning their division. In four plays they went from struggling to leading, Mayfield went from scrapping to dominating, and the outlook for the rest of their season went from dismal to incredibly bright. Remember, Oklahoma stayed in the playoff hunt until the end of last season with two losses.

Such is the power of Notre Dame.

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The Buckeyes rebounded from that loss in 2014 to run the table and win a national championship.

The Louisville Cardinals are 24.5-point favorites against the Purdue Boilermakers with a 69-point total in their neutral-site matchup in Indianapolis. Something more important to Mayfield, and the team, is making it back to the College Football Playoff. The 31-0 loss to Clemson in the College Football Playoff a year ago was the final straw for Urban Meyer.

It's not the ideal spot for a freshman quarterback to make his first start, but that's what lies ahead for Jake Fromm of Georgia. He visited with Sooners players on the field before the game.

This is bad news for a Sooners defense that was 73rd in yards per carry last season and 68th in rushing success rate, per Football Study Hall.

LOS ANGELES - Although almost a full decade has passed, Stanford's victory over Southern California in 2007 still seems downright preposterous. Had it not been for two OU turnovers (both fumbles lost) and a missed 37-yard field by Austin Seibert midway through the second quarter, the Sooners might have put more points on the scoreboard. He was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach the last two seasons under Bob Stoops, who resigned in June after 18 seasons.

The Bruins stumbled to a four-win season previous year, but quarterback Josh Rosen and the offense seem to be blossoming under new offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch.

Q: What is your prediction and outcome for the game Chip?

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