Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield is coming off a nearly 600-yard performance in a thrilling Bedlam victory. But the Sooners can’t depend on Mayfield playing like that every week, though he’s more than capable.
Bleacher Report’s Greg Wallace identified the Sooners’ secondary as their biggest weakness. Even with a dominant showing from Mayfield, Oklahoma inched past Oklahoma State, 62-52, in a seesaw contest. Although the Sooners got enough stops to win, Cowboys quarterback Mason Rudolph left the stadium with 448 passing yards and 5 touchdown passes.
The Sooners allow 262.8 passing per game, ranking 110th out of the 129 teams in the FBS. With this week’s matchup against TCU and veteran quarterback Kenny Hill, plus wrapping up the season against the big arm of West Virginia’s Will Grier, the Sooners’ secondary will have its hands full.
“The OU secondary needs to improve,” Wallace wrote. “As it stands, Mayfield and the offense can’t afford an off-game.”
Mayfield is more than capable of leading the Sooners to victory in any shootout, as seen Saturday. But if an opposing defense, such as TCU, finds a way to limit, it puts increasing pressure on Oklahoma’s secondary to handle the opponent’s offense. Thus far, that’s an area the Sooners have struggled in.
But with three regular-season games remaining, Oklahoma has plenty of time to get its secondary right, especially if Mayfield keeps performing as the Heisman Trophy frontrunner.
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