Baker Mayfield still confident in Oklahoma’s playoff chances

Just a week ago, the Oklahoma Sooners endured one of the more humbling losses in school history.

At home as 30.5 favorites over Iowa State, the Sooners fell 38-31 and thus, watched their placement in the polls drop from No. 3 to No. 12, which has had major College Football Playoff implications of its own. Oklahoma is no longer a shoo-in playoff pick and will need a few things to go wrong for others outside of Norman, Okla., to be among the final four standing.

Baker Mayfield isn’t concerned about Oklahoma’s playoff aspirations, though, despite the embarrassing loss to Iowa State.

During a Saturday morning SportsCenter update, ESPN’s Jake Trotter said he asked Mayfield if the Sooners pride is on the line today in the Red River Showdown against Texas, and the answer may surprise some considering the circumstances.

“No. We’re still Oklahoma,” Trotter said of Mayfield’s sentiments. “We’re still a top-15 team and if we win out, we’re going to make the playoff.”

The good news for Mayfield is that the Sooners are projected to win out going forward. Doing so would place Oklahoma at 11-1 on the year and as it stands, the Sooners would add three more ranked wins to the resume, including No. 6 TCU.

On the other hand, the bad news is Oklahoma was expected to cruise past Iowa State and instead, the discussion has shifted towards how the Sooners can bounce back, beginning this week with Texas.

For now, though, Mayfield is right — Oklahoma’s playoff aspirations are still very much alive. Will that change today in an always-unpredictable Red River Showdown?

Oklahoma and Texas will kick off at 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.

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