Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield posting unprecedented numbers, Lincoln Riley explains lineup change

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Welcome to the Tuesday edition of our Oklahoma DieHards morning roundup, where we take you through all the biggest headlines around Oklahoma athletics.

Legendary numbers

Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield is leading the nation with a 91.9 QBR, which is five points ahead of No. 2 Mason Rudolph of Oklahoma State. Heisman winner Lamar Jackson of Louisville is all the way back at 84.6 in the total quarterback ratings. In fact, only six quarterbacks nationally are within even 10 points of Mayfield’s mark.

Mayfield also leads the nation in passer rating and completion percentage. He’s breaking the all-time passer rating record, which he set last season. If he can finish the season strong, Mayfield can become the first player in college football history to post a 200 passer rating.

Mayfield also earned Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week after posting 479 total yards of offense and 4 total touchdowns in a 42-35 win over Kansas State.

Kyler Murray effect

Lincoln Riley used Kyler Murray in several packages as both a quarterback and wildcat runner against Kansas State. The moves caused panic among the fan base, who worried about Mayfield’s health.

However, Riley said it was a product of Mayfield not participating in practice throughout the week. That allowed Murray to get some work with the first team. “It was just a deal where he didn’t practice and we had some things ready for Kyler that were ready to go,” Riley said.

Other headlines from the program:

  • SB Nation projects Oklahoma to face Ohio State in the College Football Playoff 2 vs. 3 matchup in the Rose Bowl.
  • Four AP poll voters ranked the Sooners as high as No. 5 in the nation. Most had the Sooners behind Alabama, Penn State, Georgia and TCU, while Ross Dellenger had Oklahoma behind Wisconsin and ahead of TCU.
  • NFL draft analyst Benjamin Allbright views Mayfield as one of the top draft-eligible quarterbacks, especially with USC’s Sam Darnold potentially staying in school.

Soccer makes Big 12 tournament

Oklahoma soccer earned a spot in the Big 12 tournament after beating Kansas State on Sunday night. The Sooners had to be one of the top eight teams in the conference to earn the place.

Now, Oklahoma (3-11-4) can win its way to an NCAA tournament berth. If the Sooners had lost the game, the season would have officially ended after playing Texas Tech on Friday in Lubbock. Now, Oklahoma gets at least one more game on Nov. 1.

Other headlines around the athletic department:

  • Former Sooners running back Joe Mixon expressed frustration that Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis moved away from the running game, per ESPN. “If it worked in the first half, why not do it in the second?”
  • Baseball held its first intrasquad scrimmage of the fall. First baseman Cade Cavalli had a 3-for-4 day with 3 home runs in a 7-1 victory for the red squad.
  • Women’s golf sits in seventh place with a plus-9 team score at the Maryb S. Kauth Invitational in San Antonio. No Sooners player is in the top 20.

What they’re saying on Twitter

Cornerback Jordan Parker

Offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh

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