Oklahoma at Ohio State

Arnold Nichols
September 8, 2017

Instead Ohio State's secondary with new corners Kendall Sheffield and Damon Arnette, and new safeties Jordan Fuller and Erick Smith must bounce back from the 400-plus passing yards (and two tight end touchdowns) IN had last week and try to shut down the Mayfield-Andrews connection.

The Big Ten enjoyed a successful opening week, with 10 wins in 12 nonconference games, losing only by respectable margins to returning Heisman Trophy victor Lamar Jackson of Louisville and 2016 College Football Playoff participant Washington.

Yup, here we go again. Barrett and Mayfield share a common link - their only College Football Playoff appearance as a starter resulted in a loss to Clemson.

Though football is obviously not the most important thing that Cox-customers will miss with KOCO off their dials, many Oklahomans will undoubtedly be displeased that the game against Ohio State is unavailable to them.

"I could care less", said Mayfield when asked about a must-win. Baylor lost to FCS school Liberty, making the Bears a huge liability in terms of future schedule strength for its Big 12 brethren.

Even though it ultimately didn't matter, MI was ranked in the top four of the CFP rankings each of the first four weeks previous year, which showed the committee saw the Wolverines as a playoff team, even after a loss to Iowa. He played well against the Buckeyes past year, but not well enough to make Oklahoma's offense a real threat. The Sooners' playoff anxiety increased as the season went on.

If Mayfield can buy time to do the same, OU, and the Big 12, might be in business.

Meanwhile, the OU win was probably the difference in Ohio State becoming the first team not to win its conference get in the CFP.


Top-tier matchups like the one between Ohio State and Oklahoma set the tone for how conferences are perceived.

Sherman: Nebraska tried to play it safe last week, guarding against the big Arkansas State plays. USC is 5-0 ATS in its last five games against Pac-12 opponents.

"Hurt", answered senior captain and starting safety Steven Parker when asked what he remembered most about last year's loss.

The most fascinating, and vital, matchup could come up front, with the Sooners' vaunted offensive line, ranked the best in the country by analyst Phil Steele, against the Buckeyes' stout defensive front, considered a top-three unit. Mayfield is sharper, if that's possible.

Of Mayfield's first 14 completions, 10 were to different receivers. His 74-yard touchdown catch and run in the third quarter put Ohio State ahead for good. "You saw it on everyone's face".

"Hey, if you scared, you don't wanna go hard?" "Without pressure there's no diamonds".

OSU (1-0) is also ranked No. 11 in the most recent USA Today Coaches Poll, which was also released Tuesday. Florida State is at No. 10 after a loss to No. 1 Alabama.

But with Irma due to become one of the largest and most powerful hurricanes to ever make landfall on the United States, the two visiting teams have changed their plans.

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