Oklahoma Sooners one-game focus becomes easier

Now in the November gauntlet, OU won't break the mentality that got them here.

Oklahoma took on a one-game-at-a-time mentality at the most difficult time in the schedule. Facing the weakest part of its schedule with a loaded back-end it should have been tough to not at least ignore one opponent. 

Kansas, Iowa State, Texas Tech, Kansas State: It would have been easy to overlook a team or two – or three.

Now, it’s easy for the Sooners not to look ahead. They get the Baylor Bears.

"It was hard enough focusing on Kansas, Iowa State, leading up them knowing that Baylor was coming," said Oklahoma center Ty Darlington, who joked that it felt like high school playoffs all over again. "We did a good job of doing that, dialing in on those teams and taking care of our business with those teams, and now that we’re at this one, Baylor’s too quality of an opponent to be thinking about anything else."

It’s easy because after focusing on one game at a time, Oklahoma finally gets to play the game that all of that mentally work was done for. Everything led up to November this season, and now . . .

“It’s finally here,” Baker Mayfield said. “It really is one game at a time if we want to go where we think we’re capable of going. Right now, it’s all about Saturday.”

Bob Stoops isn’t focused on the November gauntlet. He wasn’t in October. He certainly isn’t now. Neither is receiver Sterling Shepard. The mentality has paid off since the loss to Texas. There would be no reason to change it now.

It’s gotten Oklahoma this far already, back into the Big 12 title race and the chase for the College Football Playoff.

“It has been working out well for us,” Shepard said. “That’s what we got to do.”

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