🏈 Final thoughts on OU-Baylor
✌🏽 Happy Monday, friends. Let’s ride.
🤔 Trivia: Which team did Oklahoma face in Caleb Kelly’s first appearance for the Sooners? [Answer in footnotes]
Perhaps karma had enough of Oklahoma’s winning ways in Waco, Texas.
The Sooners won a thriller over Baylor in 2015, cheated death against an inferior Bears squad in 2017 and rallied from a 28-3 deficit to beat Baylor in 2019 en route to the College Football Playoff, just as they did in ‘15 and ‘17.
OU’s presumed final trip to McLane Stadium might have helped a few Baylor fans get some closure as they chanted “S-E-C!” to mock the visitors on Saturday, which saw Baylor knock off Oklahoma 27-14.
The Sooners’ time in the Big 12, however, isn’t done yet and Saturday’s performance signaled OU’s exit might not be as smooth for the kings of the conference as it expected.
The wild part? OU is still 9-1, still has a shot at the Big 12 championship and still in contention for a playoff spot with some chaos and a quick turnaround.
Should you expect any of that to happen after Saturday’s game?
Why did OU's Lincoln Riley replace Caleb Williams with Spencer Rattler? [Read more at The Oklahoman]
Opinion: This one's on Riley, just like everything else that led to it [Read more at Norman Transcript]
‘I’ve got to do a better job’: Alex Grinch, OU defense back to drawing board after Baylor upset [Read more at OU Daily]
Riley on late Baylor field goal: 'I don't agree with it' [Read more at ESPN]
OU still projects to make New Year’s 6 bowl [Read more at CBS Sports]
🏆 Big 12 title race
It’s safe to cross Iowa State off the list of contenders. Three remain with Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Baylor.
OU and Oklahoma State’s path to the Big 12 Championship Game can be extremely simple: win out and you’re in. Baylor needs some help with the Sooners still a game ahead in the standings. A look at the FiveThirtyEight data following Week 11’s results.
Record: 9-1 (6-1 Big 12)
Remaining games: vs. Iowa State (Nov. 20), at Oklahoma State (Nov. 27)
Beat Iowa State this weekend: 67%
Win conference: 37%
Win out: 20%
Record: 9-1 (6-1 Big 12)
Remaining games: at Texas Tech (Nov. 20, vs. Oklahoma (Nov. 27)
Beat Texas Tech this weekend: 72%
Win conference: 44%
Win out: 22%
Record: 8-2 (5-2 Big 12)
Remaining games: at Kansas State (Nov. 20), vs. Texas Tech (Nov. 27)
Beat Kansas State this weekend: 57%
Win conference: 17%
Win out: 26%
Note: Conference odds according to FiveThirtyEight data
🎓 Sooners in the NFL
A few notable performances from Week 10:
WR CeeDee Lamb, Dallas Cowboys: Lamb recorded two touchdown receptions and 94 yards receiving in a 43-3 win over Atlanta. [Read more]
QB Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns: Mayfield left Cleveland's game on Sunday, which it lost 45-7 to New England, with a knee injury. [Read more]
RB Rhamondre Stevenson, New England Patriots: Stevenson rushed for two touchdowns and 100 yards in a win over the Browns. [Read more]
QB Kyler Murray, Arizona Cardinals: Murray (ankle) was inactive for the Cardinals, who lost to Carolina on Sunday. [Read more]
QB Jalen Hurts, Philadelphia Eagles: Hurts threw for 178 yards and rushed for 53, tossed two touchdown passes to help the Eagles beat Denver 30-13. [Read more]
📉 OU falls in AP poll
Oklahoma dropped to No. 12 in the latest AP Top 25 rankings.
The teams in front of them: 1. Georgia, 2. Alabama, 3. Cincinnati, 4. Oregon, 5. Ohio State, 6. Notre Dame, 7. Michigan State, 8. Michigan, 9. Oklahoma State, 10. Ole Miss, 11. Baylor
Highest ranking: No. 8 on one ballot
Lowest ranking: No. 16 on two ballots
How to watch College Football Playoff rankings show: The poll that matters will be released at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, live on ESPN.
🎥 Must watch
We have the television broadcast of the end of Saturday’s game synced with the OU radio call. Still so bizarre that this happened.
⏰ On this day
Seven years ago today, Samaje Perine rushed for 213 yards on 25 carries, scored three touchdowns and averaged 8.5 yards each attempt against Texas Tech. OU won 42-30.
Louisana-Monroe on Sept. 10, 2016