Sporting News: Oklahoma’s D shows Sooners are a dangerous playoff team

Sporting News: Oklahoma’s D shows Sooners are a dangerous playoff team

ARLINGTON, Texas — Baker Mayfield slipped on yet another Big 12 championship T-shirt and let out a big sigh.

“Wooo!” Mayfield shouted. “That felt good!”

The Oklahoma quarterback then took possession of the Big 12 Conference’s shiny new trophy, tucked it under his arm and, as confetti rained down on him, set his sights on something even better: a national championship.

No. 3 Oklahoma demolished No. 12 TCU 41-17 on Saturday at AT&T Stadium, and in doing so served notice to the College Football Playoff committee that it is playoff worthy, that it is a contender — and that it can play a little defense.

“Every week they say the same thing,” said Sooner linebacker Caleb Kelly, who scored the game’s first touchdown on TCU’s first offensive snap, an 18-yard fumble return that gave the Sooners a 10-0 lead.

“That’s why every week we have to play with a chip on our shoulder and be an angry defense. That’s what Coach Lincoln (Riley) always says. You have to play angry because they don’t respect you. … Every week we say, ‘They don’t respect you.’”

And you thought Mayfield walked around with a chip on his shoulder.

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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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