Oklahoma vs. Ohio State 9/9/17


Here are five things we learned from Saturday's top-five showdown that should carry College Football Playoff implications later.

Hell of a play here by Baker Mayfield to move the chains. But OU didn't stop there, scoring on a three-yard touchdown run by senior wide receiver Jordan Smallwood. Ohio State will host Army, which is now 2-0 behind the unsafe triple-option offense.

The Sooners scored touchdowns on four of six drives after halftime, with the quarterback looking the part of a Heisman Trophy contender. This was the start of what became an offensive showcase for the Big 12 squad. And if zone coverage is the preferred game plan, Baker Mayfield is more than capable of finding the holes left in coverage. It didn't take long for them to respond. He's been the starting quarterback for Lincoln Riley since the head coach arrived as an offensive coordinator, and that productive combo has seen the loss of multiple key contributors only to reload each season and maintain it's place as one of the top offenses in the country. This could have been worse.

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The Buckeyes had just 92 yards in the first half.

Mayfield flourished on the big stage, but fellow Heisman candidate J.T. Barrett did not.

The addition of offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson helped the Bucks wear down IN in the opener. The Buckeyes play Army, UNLV and Rutgers the next three weeks - not exactly the type of opponents that the Buckeyes can beat to regain their standing in the national championship picture.

The Sooners' three quarterbacks completed 32 of their 36 pass attempts for a total of 496 yards, but Riley told reporters this week that his team is "going to have to be able to run the football".

Ohio State isn't even playing MI, but that doesn't stop its fans - including OSU freshman Ethan - from taking jabs at the Wolverines on game day. No matter the condition of Fighting Irish, the chance to see Touchdown Jesus signal a score in person will always be a big deal for college football fans.

That won't be the case in 2017. Give the Oklahoma defense credit, but Barrett struggled to make any plays for the Ohio State offense. The Sooners managed to cover the 43-point spread in the win.