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The Overrated or Underrated: Big 12 Play Brings Out New Headlines

Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield, here pictured before the home opener against UTEP, says his mindset for Saturday's game at Ohio State is different than it was last year when the Sooners hosted the Buckeyes. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
The Overrated or Underrated: Big 12 Play Brings Out New Headlines

OVERRATED OR UNDERRATED: NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT HAS BEEN ALTERED A TAD

Sam Mayes from the mMm Ranch will be doing his “Overrated or Underrated” throughout the entire Fall to add on from the mMm Ranch’s radio segment that we all are accustomed to. He will discuss a single topic and talk who, what, and why that someone, or something, is “overrated” or “underrated”. 


Overrated: Baker Mayfield’s Antics Are Beneath Oklahoma’s Station As College Football Elite’s Program

Baker Mayfield did something on Saturday that was completely unexpected. Well, that depends on who you talk to. While the players were on the field stretching before their warmups took place, Mayfield joined his fellow teammates at midfield in a little pregame trash talk and scuffle. This is not something out of the ordinary… until QB1 was caught on camera telling Baylor players, “You forgot who daddy is! I’m gonna have to spank you today!”

In this state, I do not have to explain the status of the Oklahoma football program to anyone. No one, including the head coach or the starting quarterback, is bigger than Oklahoma football. There may not be another Baker Mayfield to walk through the doors of Gaylord-Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, but there will be another Heisman contending quarterback. No one is bigger than the brand. You get replaced by someone at the programs like Alabama, Ohio State, USC, and Oklahoma at some point. There will be great players at those schools in 2017, and there will be just as good of players in 2025.

So when I see Baker Mayfield post something on Instagram to troll Baylor the night before the game, and continue to publicly talk trash on Saturday, I question him. When you are the starting quarterback at the University of Oklahoma, your position is better than 95% of all college football players. This isn’t like being at Texas Tech or Oklahoma State. The way he carried himself is not up to the standard that has been set before him, nor will it be the standard after him.

I understand, Baylor has been a rival to Oklahoma since 2014, but this isn’t an Art Briles’ caliber team anymore. Baylor was 0-3 before the game took place. If there was a basement of college football, Baylor would currently be in it. With that being said, Baker Mayfield believing he needed to troll or get a mental advantage over them is completely overrated. I do not care what he does or says to players on the field during the game, but he needs to carry a business-like mentality before and afterwards. There is a certain role and expectation that has been set as the quarterback at the University of Oklahoma. It might be in Mayfield’s best interest to start playing that role until the ball is kicked off on Saturdays.

Underrated: TCU Win In Stillwater Actually Strengthens The Big 12

In what was supposed to be impossible (to everyone besides Kirk Herbstreit), Gary Patterson and his team were able to find a way to slow down the Oklahoma State offense and get a win in Stillwater. There was no bigger preseason media darling than the Cowboys. Everyone in the country was ready to pick them to be in the Big 12 Championship for Bedlam No. 3 and a possible spot in the College Football Playoff. Well, now that turns to TCU.

In week four, a big win this early projects the Horned Frogs to the Big 12 Championship and a shot at the College Football Playoff. Even further, this win is arguably the second best in all of college football behind Oklahoma’s in the Horseshoe. Nobody in the country realized that TCU returned four senior offensive linemen, or that they had an active backfield and talented receivers. Hell, Kenny Hill accepted a different role in the offseason and looks like a different quarterback. Add in a defense that looks like an old Gary Patterson defense, and we now know why they were able to handle the Cowboys in Stillwater.

This game was not even close. Is Oklahoma State worse than what we thought? Maybe. They have three games against teams without a pulse and one game against a potential Big 12 contender. Fortunately, their hype in the regular season helped them out in the polls this week by only falling to No. 15. If the Cowboys get the things figured out, they are not out of this thing yet. The media thinks the world of Gundy and Co., and that’s why this win for TCU is underrated–it actually strengthens this conference. The Big 12 is just two or three weeks away from having three teams in the top ten of the polls. Only the B1G can boast that right now. If Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and TCU can hang on until mid-October, we will be looking back on a TCU win in Stillwater that helped cement the Big 12’s status in 2017.

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