That same mentality is what has gotten them a plane ticket to Pasadena to face Georgia in the semifinals of the College Football Playoff.
Smart has his team two wins away from a national title in his second season. There's the contest of a first-year coach in Lincoln Riley and a second-year coach in Kirby Smart.
Then, as ESPN's Rece Davis announced Oklahoma would be No. 2 in the 2017 College Football Playoff, each person in the room celebrated for no longer than five seconds, Riley said, before he asked "What's next?"
The Sooners put the clamps on TCU's offense with help from a critical adjustment to limit quarterback Kenny Hill's ability to run. First, there was September's 31-16 win over Ohio State in Columbus, which sent the Buckeyes' offense spiraling into a temporary existential crisis. When they lost to Iowa State, they said that wouldn't ruin their goals.
He's going to win the Heisman Trophy, is brash and confident (planting an Oklahoma flag at the 50-yard line in Ohio Stadium after a win over Ohio State, among other things), and the team reflects his personality.
It's no doubt a costly trip, but some say it's well worth it if Georgia wins and returns to Atlanta to play for a National Championship.
But over the course of the year, the Oklahoma D has produced considerable evidence that it knows when the big games are. Oklahoma sits in the middle of the pack nationally in yards per game allowed and gave up 35 points or more four different times during the regular season, which didn't raise eyebrows in the pass-happy Big 12 but dragged down its national reputation as the top tier of championship contenders took shape.
Oklahoma, which ascended to No. 2 in the final College Football Playoff rankings, is heading to Pasadena, California, to face No. 3 Georgia in the Rose Bowl in a College Football Playoff semifinal on January 1.
"Bob told me he went out there", Riley said.
Georgia: The Bulldogs have made a bowl game in 21 straight seasons, but this is their biggest stage since the Sugar Bowl on January 1, 2008.
41 - Touchdowns thrown by quarterback Baker Mayfield this season. The only blemish on the Sooners' record was a 38-31 loss to a solid Iowa State team on October 7. But as they've shown in their last four or five games, things have changed.
Rodney Anderson has averaged 125.4 rushing yards in the past seven games.
According to the College Football Playoff, compared to the BCS, the "format increases revenue for all conferences and independent institutions". They planted the flag in Columbus, they out shot the Cowboys in Stillwater and they stomped the horned frogs in both Norman and Arlington. That is the most points scored against TCU all season. "This moment right here, this is what we worked for".
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