Kirk Herbstreit on Baker Mayfield vs. TCU: ‘It’s hard to imagine him not making a play to decide the outcome’

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On Saturday night in Norman, Okla., one Big 12 power is going to see its College Football Playoff dreams fall short.

If Oklahoma senior gunslinger Baker Mayfield has any say in the matter, it won’t be his Sooners on the unfortunate end of the scoreboard when it’s all said and done.In fact, during a Saturday morning segment on SportsCenter, ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit made that exact case, saying, “it’s hard to imagine [Mayfield] not making a play to decide the outcome.”

“I picked TCU to at the beginning of the year to win the Big 12 when they weren’t ranked, but I look at Oklahoma right now with Baker Mayfield; it’s hard to imagine him not making a play to decide the outcome. If it’s close in the second half, Baker Mayfield has shown us that he’s going to step up and the guys around him are going to step up. If Gary Patterson and the Horned Frogs are to go to Norman and win, they’re going to have to contain his play-making ability, which is much easier said than done.

At some point it almost becomes like backyard football when you watch him. He’s got an offense that can run, they can throw and then he improvises. If you don’t negative his ability to improvise, you’re going to lose the game unless you can outscore him because he won’t be stopped.”

Just as Herbstriet detailed, stopping, or even slowing Mayfield, is much easier said than done.

To this point, teams haven’t had much success in doing so, virtually throughout his entire career in Norman. After finishing as a Heisman candidate in 2015 and 2016, Mayfield now stands as the frontrunner in that race in 2017 behind a bevy of mind-boggling stats. Mayfield will suit up on Saturday on the heels of a record-breaking 598-yard, 5-touchdown display in Oklahoma’s win over Oklahoma State last weekend, and collectively, Mayfield’s 3,226 passing yards and 28 touchdowns rank No. 2 and No. 3 in the nation, receptively. More impressively, Mayfield’s 71.7 completion percentage is the best in college football, as is his 201.6 passer efficiency rating, which tops the 196.4 record rating he set last season.

In short, Mayfield is going to have his way with a defense far more often than not and the proof is in the passing.

Now set to face his toughest test of the season in a stout Horned Frogs defense, can Mayfield enjoy much of the same?

Recent history says yes.

In leading Oklahoma to wins over TCU each of the last two seasons, Mayfield has collectively completed 32 of 50 passes for 401 yards and 4 touchdowns, along with another 97 yards and 2 scores on the ground.

Entering what may very well be his final meeting with the Horned Frogs, there’s every reason to believe Mayfield will put forth another praiseworthy performance, and as Herbstreit noted, “it’s hard to imagine him not making a play to decide the outcome.”

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