Gary Patterson praises Baker Mayfield ahead of TCU-Oklahoma rematch in Big 12 title game
FORT WORTH — TCU and Oklahoma are set for a rematch in the Big 12 Championship Game on Dec. 2 following the Horned Frogs’ 45-22 win over Baylor on Friday at Amon G. Carter Stadium.
The showdown at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas will also mark the second meeting of the year between two individuals with a bumpy past — TCU head coach Gary Patterson and Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield.
Despite that, Patterson was quick to praise Mayfield for his playing ability during his post-game press conference after TCU clinched its second date of 2017 with Oklahoma.
“To set the record straight, Baker Mayfield is a really good player and has an opportunity to set the Heisman,” Patterson said. “He’s a good football player and he has a lot of really good players around him.”
Mayfield took a shot at Patterson in December 2015, when the Oklahoma quarterback said that Patterson “hung him out to dry” after not offering him a scholarship during his recruitment process. Patterson responded to Mayfield’s criticism one day after, stating that “people might not have a great opinion of Baker or his father” if they knew all the details.
Mayfield is a perfect 3-0 against TCU during his playing time at Oklahoma. At 10-1 this season, the Sooners likely control their own destiny to the College Football Playoff heading into the final weekend of the regular season.
Oklahoma is 5-1 in the Big 12 series between the two schools. Dec. 2 second will mark the first Big 12 Championship Game held since 2010 — which Oklahoma won.