Gary Patterson has ‘always admired’ Baker Mayfield’s competitiveness

Saturday’s Oklahoma-TCU game is a matchup of heavyweights. Quarterback Baker Mayfield leads Oklahoma’s top-ranked offense up against TCU coach Gary Patterson and one of the country’s best defense.

But ahead of the showdown, Mayfield and Patterson have done little but deliver praise about each other. Earlier this week, Mayfield called Patterson “ one of the best defensive minds in the game.” Tuesday, Patterson returned the favor.

“With Baker, I’ve always liked him and admired the way he competes,” Patterson said. “… Baker’s really done a great job. Been really mature in the way he’s handled things. If you love competitors, you’ve got to admire what he’s been able to do.”

Mayfield is undoubtedly the Heisman Trophy frontrunner after leading the Sooners to a 62-52 Bedlam victory, throwing for nearly 600 yards with 6 total touchdowns. But in Patterson’s defense, Mayfield faces his biggest test yet.

The Horned Frogs rank sixth in the FBS in scoring defense and total defense. But behind Mayfield, Oklahoma leads the nation in total offense and passing efficiency.

It’s clear Mayfield and Patterson are both aware of the challenges they respectively face. Mayfield is 3-0 when they go head-to-head, including a victory over Patterson’s Horned Frogs in 2013 while he was at Texas Tech.

A victory Saturday would not only further Mayfield’s Heisman campaign, but also drive his goals of a Big 12 title and College Football Playoff appearance closer to fruition.

DieHards.com’s Shehan Jeyarajah contributed to this report.

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