Thanks to Chip Rouse for the Oklahoma perspective.
Yes, Mayfield was masterful.
Both defenses dominated the first half as the two sides went into the locker room tied 3-3, but Oklahoma was able to turn the tide in the third quarter.
Mayfield was the best quarterback on the field - by far.
Auburn ranked 32nd in this measure, on the strength of its ability to clamp down on big plays. He was precise and bold. No. 14 Stanford plays No. 6 Southern California at the Los Angeles Coliseum, looking to extend a three-game winning streak against the Trojans. The Bucks vanquished the Sooners 45-24 in a high scoring affair at Memorial Stadium a year ago.
While it's not an elimination game for either team, it could separate the victor from a Power 5 conference champion down the stretch, just like it did for Ohio State previous year. Mark Andrews caught seven passes for 134 yards and a touchdown while the team rushed for 180 yards. Mayfield says he learned from last year's failures in the Ohio State game in which he threw two interceptions. The matchup between OU's seasoned offensive line and Ohio State's grizzled defensive line, which returned all four starters from past year, and combined for 10 tackles and four sacks against IU, will be critical. It failed to stretch the field against the Sooners.
Something is awry, whether it's scheme problems or personnel problems. "That was unacceptable. This is Ohio State". They showed they are still susceptible to killer mistakes that need to be corrected if they expect to win out. Dre'Mont Jones and Tyquan Lewis had Ohio State's only two of the game. It was decent at times, but never good enough.
Freshman running back J.K. Dobbins was the lone bright spot for Ohio State, rushing for 72 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries.
As the Sooners celebrated late Saturday, Mayfield grabbed an Oklahoma flag and raced around the field before stopping and emphatically planting it in the middle of the block "O" logo at midfield as the Ohio State band stood and watched. In the end, I think Mayfield will have a Heisman worthy game, but the Buckeyes ground game will wear the Sooner defense down leading to a Ohio State victory.
It was a terribly deflating evening for the Buckeyes, who now face an uphill climb.
This was a Heisman statement, and a statement for the Big 12.
Survival mode? Maybe that's a bit harsh. Plenty of time, right? The Buckeyes made the College Football Playoff previous year without winning the Big Ten.
But the Buckeyes are not trending well. Talk about a regular season game having a playoff-type feel to it in September!
At the opposite end of the signal-calling spectrum was J.T. Barrett, who continued to regress before the eyes of almost anyone with a lick of sense. Several years ago the Big Ten instituted a new policy that would prohibit its member schools from scheduling FCS opponents and encouraging at least one Power 5 foe. But when the highly anticipated matchup devolves into a mismatch, there are questions all around.
Since the format's inception in 2014 only Clemson and Alabama - both in 2015 and 2016 -have appeared in the first ranking and ultimately made the national semifinals.