Oklahoma University quarterback Baker Mayfield will win the Heisman Trophy. ESPN and everyone else associated with the event will do what they can this week to build doubt and make their December 9 show more interesting, but nobody else comes close. As for his team, they have a great shot of winning a national championship after winning the Big 12. These successes can be traced back to their lone setback, an embarrassing home loss to unranked Iowa State.
They say adversity builds character, but this is more than just a case of bouncing back from a loss that never should have happened. It’s more than pride. They were given a dose of something they needed more than anything else. Both the offensively dominant Sooners and their star quarterback needed humility in order to stay the course. To gain humility, they were humiliated. When they come away with all three trophies at the end of the year, it will be because of this loss.
Feelings of invincibility are the Achilles heel on the path to greatness. The Sooners and Mayfield are on the verge of achieving greatness, but they could have been easily derailed had they not had that dose of humiliation. It happened early in the year against a foe with no emotional baggage attached. Had their lost come late or had it been against a true rival like Oklahoma State or Texas, the effects may have done damage. Instead, they were blindsided in a game they were supposed to win against an opponent who had nothing on the line. As losses go, this one had nothing else attached to it outside of humiliation. No bragging rights. No major implications for the Sooners’ or Mayfield’s path. They took the loss, reflected, realized they weren’t invincible, and then took care of business the rest of the season.
They have their Big 12 title. He’ll have his Heisman. With Auburn out, they’ll go into the playoffs with the most momentum. This could be the Sooners’ year and they can attribute their successes to the lessons they learned at the hands of the Cyclones.
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