Baker Mayfield has played pretty close to perfect football this season.
After falling to Iowa State last weekend though, 38-31, Mayfield’s Oklahoma Sooners can no longer boast such excellence. And the Sooners didn’t simply lose — they lost to a 30.5-point underdog at home.
Not surprisingly, a byproduct what what’s been called the worst loss in school history has negatively impacted Mayfield’s Heisman campaign. After once headlining the list, the senior now sits at No. 3 on FOX Sports analyst Matt Leinart’s ‘Heisman Hopefuls’ watch list.
“When you lose at home when you’re a 30-point favorite to Iowa State, it is not good for your resume,” Leinart said. “It’s that simple. I don’t think he played particularly bad in that game — his numbers were pretty good, still didn’t throw an interception. Zero pics on the season, which is incredible, but I thought for the first time in that football game, he pressed a little too much. I thought he tried to do too much.”
— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) October 13, 2017
Through five games, Mayfield has completed 100 of 134 attempts for 1,635 yards and 15 touchdowns. More notably, he’s yet to throw a single interception en route to headlining the nation’s most efficient passing offense.
But of course, stuffed stats don’t account for a blemished record, which is why Mayfield is at a real risk of finishing as a Heisman finalist and nothing more for the third consecutive year. He finished at No. 3 and No. 4 in 2016 and 2015, respectively.
The good news for Mayfield is he’ll be presented with an opportunity to make a statement on a national stage on Saturday. The Sooners are set to square off against a Texas team that’s trending in the right direction, thanks in large part to arguably the top defense in the Big 12.
If Mayfield can manufacture another offensive onslaught and get Oklahoma back into the win column, he’ll take one small, but necessary step towards assuring his name is still firmly in the mix once the regular season concludes.
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