On Jan. 1, the Oklahoma Sooners will begin the new year against a ranked foe in No. 3 Georgia.
Aside from a trip to the College Football Playoff National Championship that awaits the winner, the stakes quite literally can’t get any higher. Fortunately for Oklahoma, the Sooners have no only been in an abundance of big games throughout the past two years in preparation for the moment that awaits in the coming weeks, but absolutely thrived in such settings.
Dating back to its 52-46 win over No. 21 TCU in 2016, Oklahoma has ripped off eight consecutive victories over ranked opponents.
It’s how the Sooners are coming out on top each time that’s so impressive. Since its six-point win over the Horned Frogs, Oklahoma has since toppled its next seven ranked opponents by double digits, and collectively, Oklahoma’s eight-straight ranked wins have come by a combined 135 points; a 16.9-point margin of victory.
Such success can largely be credited to an explosive, Baker Mayfield-led offense, which has averaged 555 yards per game during its more recent eight ranked wins. Are individually, Mayfield has averaged 323 passing yards against the aforementioned foes, and passed for 24 touchdowns and only 3 interceptions, while rushing for another 202 yards and 5 scores.
Simply put, Oklahoma has largely made light work of ranked foes for more than an entire year, and done so courtesy of elite efforts from the latest Heisman Memorial Trophy winner.
Now fresh off of a 24-point victory over TCU to secure the Big 12 Championship, Oklahoma will enter its meeting with No. 3 Georgia with higher stakes and arguably a taller test than any of its previous eight ranked foes during this mind-boggling stretch. If that’s good news for the Bulldogs, though, the bad news is exactly what Oklahoma has done to each ranked opponent since Oct. 1, 2016, which is simply win by an average of more than two touchdowns.
Now set to enter the College Football Playoff, Oklahoma doesn’t exactly need to continue to control its competition at the imposing level it has as of late, but for its season-long aspirations to prove true, the streak of consecutive ranked wins will, at the least, need to reach 10.