We were fooled. OK, maybe not we, but certainly I was. It’s OK. I’m not too proud to admit it.
Oklahoma isn’t as good as we were led to believe. Probably not fair to call it false advertising, but it’s close. The Sooners are a good team, but they aren’t elite as we, uhh, I, thought they would be. It doesn’t mean they were overrated. It doesn’t mean they shouldn’t have been a preseason pick to make the playoff season. All of that still stands, but beyond the rankings and the rating and the prognosticating, Oklahoma just isn’t that great.
Baker Mayfield, Samaje Perine, Joe Mixon and a list of other reasons were presented as state’s evidence to prove Oklahoma would be, and should be, as good as last year’s team that made the College Football Playoff. That’s an elite offense, but what we’ve seen instead and what we’ve seen, when Oklahoma has played the best of college football the past two seasons, is the Sooners haven’t preformed up to the level they were supposed to.
The reason is simple – OU isn’t good enough. Mayfield is a walk-on quarterback and all it takes is a bit of history research to realize he has no quality wins. Oh, sure, he beat Tennessee and Baylor and TCU and Oklahoma State, but against real teams like Houston and Clemson and Ohio State, Mayfield has struggled. We love him for his grit and his attitude and his style, but that’s what walk-ons have to do. Mayfield isn’t a 5-star quarterback. He looked like one against the weaker teams, but he has no transcendent despite plenty of opportunities.
Oklahoma could very well end up in a New Year’s 6 bowl game, play a big-time program like Florida State or Ole Miss or someone like that in the Orange Bowl and wrap up a nice season, but this isn’t a top-tier football team and that was obvious when seeing how the Sooners looked against Clemson and Ohio State. Those teams were loaded with top talent. OU isn’t. Mixon is about the only player on the field Saturday who could have played for Ohio State, so what’s it really matter if the Buckeyes were loaded with young players when the talent level between them and the Sooners was so wide?
Perhaps things change. Perhaps this new recruiting class, which is considered one of the best in the nation, the Sooners can start climbing back into the discussion when it comes to the best in college football.But until that happens, until OU upgrades, OU is going to be a good team, but not a great one.
For now, OU is light years behind the best in the game. OU isn’t among the best and I thought they were.