Saturday’s Big 12 showdown wasn’t much of a contest.
No. 5 Oklahoma took control of the Big 12 with an authorative 38-20 win over No. 6 TCU at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.
The Sooners (9-1, 6-1 Big 12) started fast and never looked back as the Horned Frogs (8-2, 5-2) did not have any answers for Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield and running back Rodney Anderson.
Those two accounted for each of Oklahoma’s touchdowns with Anderson doing much of the damage. The 6-2, 218-pound sophomore ran for 151 yards on 23 carries and caught five passes for 139 yards while scoring four times — twice on the ground and twice through the air.
TCU’s defense, which entered the game ranked sixth in yards allowed at 284.1 per game, surrendered 533 yards to the Sooners.
Here are three takeaways from Oklahoma’s win over TCU
1. Just give Baker Mayfield the Heisman now — The Sooners quarterback is far-and-away the favorite to win the Heisman as he continues to put up huge numbers. Mayfield completed 18 of his 27 pass attempts for 333 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran for 50 yards on 11 carries and never let the Sooners take their foot off the proverbial gas pedal. His 33-yard touchdown pass to Anderson just before halftime was largely a result of Mayfield’s aggressiveness.
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— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) November 12, 2017
2. TCU’s strength of schedule should have been questioned — The Frogs were ranked sixth, ahead of undefeated Power 5 schools Miami and Wisconsin, despite a loss to Iowa State. The Cyclones started hot with wins over both TCU and Oklahoma, but are now 6-4 after Saturday’s loss to Oklahoma State. TCU’s non-conference schedule included wins over FCS Jackson State, which is 2-8 on the year, SEC bottom-feeder Arkansas (4-6) and American Athletic Conference foe SMU (6-4).
While Miami and Wisconsin, which does not have an FCS team on the schedule, had to seemingly apologize for being undefeated, the Frogs were somehow given a pass. It no longer matters as the Frogs were eliminated from contention for the College Football Playoff.