The Sooners are gonna play for the big one.
Thanks to another rip-roaring performance from superstar QB Baker Mayfield, the No. 3 Sooners thoroughly outclassed the No. 11 TCU Horned Frogs in the Big 12 Championship Game Saturday, scoring a 41-17 victory at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
This game came with serious College Football Playoff implications-- let's identify the three most important things we learned from today's game.
3. The Heisman Trophy Belongs to Baker Mayfield
Just hand it over.
There were pretenders along the way to distract us just enough to make things interesting. And ever since erupting for nearly 600 yards against Oklahoma State, things looked to be trending in his direction. But after tossing four more touchdowns and securing the Big 12 title, Baker Mayfield has proven that he is college football's best player of 2017. He didn't even have to surpass 300 yards today to finish stating his case in style-- he was plenty efficient and had multiple touchdowns of more than 50 yards. The trophy belongs to Baker.
2. TCU Still Isn't a Top-Tier Team
They wouldn't have been allowed to join the Big 12 if they couldn't compete, and they've posted a handful of surprise victories under Gary Patterson's leadership that have forced the football world to take notice. But Saturday in Arlington, we once again learned that TCU just isn't a premier football program. Not yet, anyway. They were simply outfoxed in every phase of the game and never made this look like a contest. They lost the battle in turnovers, penalties, and time of possession, and couldn't stop OU on the ground or through the air. Maybe next year, guys.
1. Oklahoma Will Compete for the National Title
No matter what happens the rest of the way on Championship Saturday, the Oklahoma Sooners are surely headed for the College Football Playoff. They've been a thunderous presence all year long, only stumbling in a midseason shocker to Iowa State that turned out to be the exception that proves the rule. Lincoln Riley's Sooners have the nation's best offense, period. They've got the nation's best player, period. You'd be crazy to want to face them. And when the dust settles, they may be the ones hoisting the CFP trophy.