Seasons turned on Saturday. Some were ruined. Others saved. A few were made. But nothing could compare to what happened in Stillwater, where Oklahoma announced itself a very real playoff contender, and Baker Mayfield took a major step towards winning the Heisman Trophy. The Oklahoma-Oklahoma State rivalry is called Bedlam, and the annual showdown lived up to its name as the teams combined for 1,446 total yards and 114 points in an offensive onslaught that would make Mike D’Antoni blush. And, fittingly, Mayfield owned the spotlight, as he has across the first 2 ¹/₂ months of this season, throwing for a school-record 598 yards and five touchdowns in a video game-like 62-52 victory. The brash and brazen senior has been the story of this college football season, right up there with the dominance of Alabama and Georgia, surprising runs by Notre Dame and Miami, and disappointing performances of Ohio State and Penn State. He’s fun for the game, planting the Oklahoma flag on Ohio State’s field following a win over the Buckeyes, and wearing a “traitor” t-shirt Texas Tech fans made about the former Red Raider the previous year. Some have criticized his antics. But he should be able to enjoy himself. He has carried a clearly vulnerable Oklahoma team to the top of the Big 12 entering next weekend’s showdown with TCU, and has done so with a bull’s-eye on his back.
Baker Mayfield makes case for Heisman as others falter
New York Post | Nov 6