Championship December in Oklahoma

Following the Sooners loss to Iowa State, it seemed as if the National Championship hopes were dead for the Oklahoma Sooners. With a little Sooner magic, just two short months later, the focused Sooners are now ranked 2nd in the College Football Playoff rankings.

Led by Heisman finalist Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma is coming off their 3rd straight Big 12 Championship win after a 41-17 domination over the TCU Horned Frogs.

While Mayfield and the offense were explosive as usual with 461 total yards, the Sooners defense was the story of the game. Having its ups and downs throughout the regular season due to injury and the struggle to find a rhythm, the Oklahoma defense allowed zero points during the first, third and fourth quarters in the Big 12 Championship victory.

Announced Sunday, first year head coach Lincoln Riley and company will head to Pasadena on New Year’s day to face the Georgia Bulldogs in the College Football Playoffs.

Although this has been one of most notable seasons in Oklahoma history, the Sooners know they can’t stop and smell the roses quite yet.

Despite a tough matchup against the Bulldogs, Sooner Nation is in full belief that this is Oklahoma’s year. There’s something about the undeniable offense and the defense playing with a chip on their shoulder that gives the Sooners the it factor.

It’s the relationships, attitude, fire, and incredible senior leadership that makes Oklahoma stand out. As said on the College Football Playoff selection show, “Oklahoma is the hottest team in the country.”

As long as the Sooners can keep away injury and Mayfield gets off the bus, there will be a hard fought battle from the boys in the crimson and cream come January 1st in the Rose Bowl and hopefully a week later in the National Championship too.

In the trophy presentation following the Big 12 Championship game Mayfield said, “I don’t really care about that (Heisman), I just care about winning a National Championship.”

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