Oklahoma wrapped up the Big 12 title and a spot in the Big 12 title game with a 41-3 victory at Kansas on Saturday.
It wasn’t necessarily an artistic success. But the actions of quarterback Baker Mayfield during the course of the game were bigger than any result of the game.
Here are a a few observations after the No. 4 Sooners’ 10th victory in 11 games this season.
1. Baker Mayfield didn’t win many friends outside of Oklahoma
It had been building throughout the game, as soon as Kansas captains refused to shake Mayfield’s hand before the game. That almost sparked a fight before the game started as Mayfield went head to head with a couple of Kansas players.
It led to more jawing throughout the game. At one point, Mayfield turned to the Kansas fans and taunted them about their 1 victory in football this season and the team’s basketball program being way better than the football team.
After Mayfield was involved in a couple of post-play skirmishes with Kansas defenders, he had enough. Kansas defenders and Mayfield’s Oklahoma line were involved in several chippy plays during the game that lit the Oklahoma quarterback’s fuse.
His 3-yard touchdown pass to Mark Andrews with 4:52 left in the third quarter sparked a not-suitable-for-work response from Mayfield along the Sooners bench after the score. He appeared to grab himself below the belt while he yelled expletives at the Kansas players across the field.
It won’t hurt his Heisman standing because he’s so far ahead. And it likely won’t affect his standing as a beloved Oklahoma icon. They will remember him for “Baker being Baker.” The fact he will go down in history as one of the greatest players in the history of the program only accentuates his appeal.
But it certainly won’t win Mayfield and the Oklahoma program much support among most college football fans in general.
It will likely put an “X” clearly on their backs for many fans across the country.
2. Windy conditions played havoc with both team’s passing attacks
With gusty breezes of at least 30 mph in the first half, it was understandable why passing was an adventure for both teams.
It’s why Mayfield struggled most of the first half, passing for only 105 yards. Kansas averaged 4.7 yards per completion from Carter Stanley’s passes.
But the wind died down midway through the third quarter and enabled both teams to stretch the field vertically. Stanley’s first pass of the second half went for 34 yards to Steven Sims. The Jayhawks passed for 56 yards on 12 completions in the first half.
3. Oklahoma Sooners shouldn’t drop in this week’s CFP rankings
The three teams ahead of the Sooners all won Saturday — Alabama, Clemson and Miami. The Hurricanes’ closer-than-expected 44-28 victory over Virginia might result in some slippage, but the Sooners likely didn’t do enough to catch them. But Wisconsin’s 24-10 triumph over Michigan likely shouldn’t boost the Badgers past the Sooners, either.
Mayfield’s antics probably will resonate for a couple of days afterward.
But it won’t matter once the committee starts gauging his Sooners with the nation’s other best teams.