The season seemed ready to Titanic again back in October.
A listless OU team lost to Texas in the Cotton Bowl and Sooner fans were thinking 7-8 wins and a bowl game below their standards was a possibility again.
However, this Oklahoma squad has something last year’s didn’t.
A quarterback with a swagger and toughness that has infused the locker room who refused to let the season sink.
Baker Mayfield made the play of the year, a ramblin’, scramblin’, school yard TD pass to Dimitri Flowers late in the 4th quarter Saturday night, leading the Sooners to a colossal 44-34 win at Baylor.
Oklahoma is the national title picture folks.
And Mayfield is in the Heisman race now as well after his tough as nails virtuoso performance on a huge, rain soaked stage in Waco.
Mayfield had plenty of help from his friends.
Sterling Shepard and Samaje Perine had huge nights.
The Sooner defense, after an opening TD drive by Baylor, shut down the Bears running game and put the clamps on BU receiver Corey Coleman.
And the Sooners came out swinging in this one. Oklahoma wasn’t backing down from Baylor this time.
OU hit the Bears early and often (and sometimes late), setting the tone that it was going to be a fight all night for Art Briles team if it was going to beat them again.
So now the Sooners find themselves knocking on the playoff door, still needing some help to kick it in (Notre Dame, etc), but at least Oklahoma is in the hunt.
And OSU is right there with them after a dramatic comeback win at Iowa State Saturday.
Bedlam 2015 could be incredible if both teams take care of business next week.
What a dramatic switch it’s been for the Sooners since that lame loss to the Longhorns.
OU has gone from the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man to an angry Chuck Norris.
Mayfield has been the Sooner Magic Man. In bunches.
The Sooner defense got angry, improved and started flexing some muscle.
Oklahoma bullied Baylor and helped restore order to the Big 12 again.
Dallas now seems a long way away.