Oklahoma was in the spotlight all season long, so it only makes sense the Sooners played in some of college football’s best games in 2017.
ESPN’s Jake Trotter ranked this season’s top 20 games, and the Sooners made three appearances. It’s possible, of course, that if the list were done after bowl season, they could appear two more times.
Oklahoma faces Georgia in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1. The winner of the national semifinal will advance to the National Championship Game. The Sooners or Bulldogs will go up against either Clemson or Alabama, who meet in the Sugar Bowl.
For now, the Sooners will have to settle for three of the season’s best games.
No. 4: Iowa State 38, Oklahoma 31
The Sooners’ lone loss was their highest appearance on the list. On Oct. 7, Iowa State walk-on senior Kyle Kempt made his first career start and led the Cyclones to an upset of the then-No. 3 Sooners. They can’t complain much, though; that remains the only loss of the Lincoln Riley era.
No. 7: Oklahoma 62, Oklahoma State 52
You had to know the Nov. 4 Bedlam game was going to be here somewhere. In the highest-scoring game between Power 5 teams on Trotter’s list, quarterback Baker Mayfield threw for a program-record 598 yards with 5 touchdowns, one of his many Heisman-worthy performances. Mayfield finished his career 3-0 in Bedlam as the Sooners dealt a hefty blow to the Cowboys’ Big 12 title hopes.
No. 14: Oklahoma 29, Texas 24
Another rivalry game in the Sooners’ favor comes in at No. 14. Oklahoma held a 20-0 lead, but the Longhorns rallied. Mayfield put the Sooners back ahead with a 59-yard touchdown to star tight end Mark Andrews. Mayfield donned the Golden Hat trophy, the first of many he earned this season.
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