Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield led the Sooners to an impressive win over Ohio State on Saturday, boosting the team in the weekly AP poll. ASSOCIATED PRESS
For me, the biggest question from Ohio State’s no-show loss to Oklahoma was not whether or not quarterback J.T. Barrett should be sent to the pine.
As an AP Top 25 voter, it was how far should we send the Sooners booming and the Buckeyes barreling in the polls.
Oklahoma proved the easy part of the equation. I vaulted the Sooners five spots from seventh to second on the grounds their win at the Horseshoe was easily the most impressive of the college football season. (Yes, more than Alabama’s neutral-site rout of then-No. 3 Florida State on opening weekend.) Even if the score did not indicate it — remember, Ohio State somehow led in the third quarter — the Sooners’ 31-16 win was a wire-to-wire beatdown. They were simply in a different class, and with a different class of superstar. Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield sure feels like the rarest of playmakers who can almost single-handedly carry a program to a national title.
As for Ohio State, I’m normally against crushing a team for an early loss to a top-five opponent. Why punish teams for scheduling the kind of games fans want to see and reward others for gorging themselves silly on cupcakes?
But, well, you saw what happened. A beatdown at home is a special case. I dropped Ohio State seven spots to ninth, and even that felt generous.
For once, others even agreed with me. Almost. In the full Week 3 poll released Sunday afternoon, Oklahoma was second and Ohio State eighth.
Here’s my full vote:
3. Penn State
5. Southern California
6. Florida State
9. Ohio State
11. Oklahoma State
18. Virginia Tech
19. Kansas State
20. Washington State