For those of you who don't know, the Baker Mayfield Bowl will be played this Saturday in Norman, Oklahoma. The former walk on at Texas Tech transferred to Oklahoma after some issues with head coach Kliff Kingsbury. He's now the Sooners starting quarterback and one of the most exciting players to watch in all of college football. He's come a long way since his freshman days in Lubbock but you can definitely tell that the bad blood between them will play a factor in Saturday's game.
You know that tough, intense mentality that Baker Mayfield brings to the table every Saturday? I wouldn't be surprised to see that on display in every single play that Mayfield is involved in this weekend.
I'm pretty sure Mayfield and the offense will keep their foot on the gas the entire game, since this is the last opponent they face with a winning record before the Baylor game.
If they intend to put up big numbers against the Red Raiders, they should stick to what's been working for them all year long.
Spread the Ball Out - The Oklahoma offense is at it's best when they spread the ball around and let everyone get a chance to make a play. If you let Samaje Perine, Joe Mixon, and Mayfield all run the football and then switch it up and pass on the next couple of plays, it's going to be hard to prepare for. That's what the Sooners did against Kansas State and it worked well for them. It should work even better at home against an unproven defense.
Run The Ball in The 2nd Half - 40% of the Sooner rushing yards have come when they are leading by at least 15 points. If Oklahoma gets ahead early then look for Samaje Perine to carry the load for the Sooners in the second half. He had a big game against the Red Raiders last season, so maybe he can go off on the Texas Tech defense again. The Sooners best game plan for a team they know they can beat is to get up early in the first half and then let they're talented running backs take over in the second half.
Big Plays - In the Sooners past two games, they haven't really had any long touchdown plays. They drove the ball down the field against Kansas State and scored touchdowns that way, and against Texas they could only pull together two drives in which they marched down the field to score a touchdown. Expect the big plays to pile up on Saturday from both offenses, which might include a long sweep from Joe Mixon or a Sterling Shepard corner route leading to six points.