John E. Hoover: Thanks to Mayfield, Anderson, Sooners remove all doubt

John E. Hoover: Thanks to Mayfield, Anderson, Sooners remove all doubt

NORMAN, Okla. — Oklahoma all but stamped its reservation to the Big 12 Conference championship game with its win against TCU on Saturday.

And with the rest of the chaos that took place at the top of the rankings, the Sooners may be able to crash the College Football Playoff party as well.

 OU quarterback Baker Mayfield — now widely expected to take home the 83rd Heisman Trophy — might not have been the best player on the field on Saturday, as the No. 5 Sooners routed No. 6 TCU 38-20 at Memorial Stadium.

That honor might have gone to Sooner running back Rodney Anderson

“He absolutely was. There’s no question,” Mayfield said. “He’s a man among boys. His work ethic is unbelievable.”

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Hoover wrote for the Tulsa World for 24 years before joining The Franchise, where he's now co-host of "Further Review" on The Franchise Tulsa (weekdays 12-3, fm107.9/am1270) . In his time at the World, Hoover won numerous writing and reporting awards, including in 2011 National Beat Writer of the Year from the Associated Press Sports Editors for his work covering the Oklahoma Sooners. Hoover also covered Oklahoma State, Arkansas, Oral Roberts and the NFL as a beat writer. From 2012 to 2016, Hoover was the World's lead sports columnist. As a columnist, Hoover won national awards in 2012 and 2014 from the National Athletic Trainers Association for reporting on sports medicine and in 2015 won first place in sports columns from the Oklahoma Society of Professional Journalists. After receiving a journalism degree from East Central University, Hoover worked at newspapers in Ada, Okmulgee, Tahlequah and Waynesville, Mo. He played football at Ada High School and grew up in North Pole, Alaska. Hoover and his family live in Broken Arrow.

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