The story about Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield growing up a huge Sooners fan has been told time and time again.
You didn’t think there could really be any more layers to the story, but he revealed one Monday afternoon during the press conference.
Despite growing up a major OU fan and living basically in Austin, Texas, Mayfield had never attended a Red River Shootout Showdown matchup until last year.
“I actually didn’t go to it,” Mayfield said. “There were a lot of Pop Warner games on Saturdays growing up and there were baseball games. I never went to the game. The first one I ever went to was last year and being on the sideline and the whole experience.”
Mayfield, of course, was in a much different spot last year. Unable to play, all Mayfield could do was soak in the atmosphere as the Sooners pulled out an ugly 31-26 victory.
It was Trevor Knight at quarterback that year. Saturday will be Mayfield’s turn. This will mark the third year in a row the Sooners are favored by at least double digits.
The first two haven’t exactly worked out that well. Last year was the head-scratching win and obviously 2013 was the one everybody wants to forget when Texas dominated OU 36-20 and ended its bid for an undefeated season.
Mayfield understands it’s hard to describe the feeling of being in the game without actually, you know, being there, but he’s ready to write his chapter in the Red River lore.
“You don’t get the feeling until you’re there,” Mayfield said. “You can’t describe it. It’s half and half down the middle with crimson and burnt orange. It’s a great game day experience. Both teams bring their best to the table, and it’s a big game.”