Quarterback J.T. Barrett has now thrown for less than 200 yards in four of the last five games and had failed to throw a touchdown pass in three of the last four, so naturally all the vitriol is directed at him. There is not a lot of doubt that Oklahoma can have the same success in Big 12 play as last season.
Yes, Mayfield was masterful.
"Well, he's the starting quarterback and you lost", Meyer said of Barrett. But they showed brilliant speed on the perimeter, they prevented big plays, and they were disruptive enough between the tackles to make stops. He was precise and bold.
Towson (1-0) at Maryland (1-0), 11 a.m. (BTN): With Maryland losing No. 1 quarterback Tyrrell Pigrome (knee) for the season in the win at Texas, this game will serve as true freshman Kasim Hill's shakedown start. But this game will take place in Columbus, where Oklahoma is undefeated against Ohio State.
Series record: Ohio State leads 2-1.
The No. 5 Sooners erupted for 28 second-half points and rolled 31-16 Saturday at No. 2 Ohio State, placing themselves in the early national title picture.
In four plays, the Sooners went from on the hook for a loss to on track for a monumental win. Tight end Mark Andrews caught seven passes for 134 yards and a touchdown, and the Sooners rushed for 196 yards. Auburn Tigers 16. Virginia Tech Hokies 17. Mayfield finished the game completing 27 of his 35 passes for 386 yards and three touchdowns. Ohio State beat OU 45-24 in Norman previous year.
Regardless, the Silver Bullets were on the field too much because the offense failed to execute.
Something is awry, whether it's scheme problems or personnel problems. Trace McSorely had 164 passing yards, 65 rushing yards, and three passing touchdowns.
On defense, the Ohio State secondary certainly looked like one that lost three starters to the NFL Draft, especially in the first half.
"There's nothing like the home opener, coming out, running down the tunnel, fireworks and stuff", said Ohio State defensive end Tyquan Lewis. The Hurricanes bailed out of a road game at Arkansas State on Saturday for, among other reasons, concerns about being able to get back to South Florida. J.K. Dobbins would run home a six yard touchdown to give Ohio State a 10-3 lead early in the third.
Should OU win the league again, this is the kind of nonconference game that could help separate the Sooners from another Power 5 conference champion on December 3, when the 13 members of the CFP selection committee determine the top four teams in the country. It's still a long ride back to the playoff, but the Sooners proved more than capable of carrying the banner for the Big 12 on a day of ups and downs for the entire conference. The Buckeyes suddenly seem in survival mode. This game could legitimately go either way, but Las Vegas calls OSU a 7.5 point favorite which feels about right.
"Our approach to this game is it's the biggest game of the year", he said.
But the Buckeyes are not trending well. The Sooners have the line to run the ball against nearly any team, but the Buckeyes aren't just any team when it comes to stopping the run. "They just were not going to take no for an answer". They were dominated by Oklahoma. For one thing, his dominance isn't exactly an out-of-nowhere tale. But when the highly anticipated matchup devolves into a mismatch, there are questions all around.