Georgia fans already have broken rule No. 1 of playing Oklahoma: Don’t make Baker Mayfield angry.
The probable Heisman Trophy winner tweeted this just after midnight on Monday morning:
To whoever posted my cell #, bravo. But I got it changed! And to the Georgia fans that had the kind words of encouragement… I applaude your creativity
— Baker Mayfield (@bakermayfield) December 4, 2017
There are any number of different angles Georgia fans could have taken here, but that’s probably best left to the imagination.
When Mayfield is mad and on edge, he’s almost unbeatable. It’s when he’s calm and relaxed that teams — like Iowa State this year and Houston in 2016 — have been able to get to him.
Mayfield’s antics at Kansas followed the Jayhawks refusing to shake hands with him at the coin toss. The result? Some bad PR for Mayfield, but a 41-3 defeat for Kansas on its home field. The senior was so mad about Ohio State singing its fight song on Oklahoma’s field in 2016, that when the Sooners prevailed in Columbus this season, he planted an Oklahoma flag on their block ‘O’ as a sign of triumph.
There are other examples — Mayfield is 13-0 in his career on the road with Oklahoma, dealing with several hostile environments along the way — but the bottom line is clear: Mayfield doesn’t forget, and he usually makes you pay.
Georgia may very well have the talent on defense to beat Mayfield and the Sooners anyway — the Bulldogs are probably the best defensive unit Oklahoma has seen since facing Clemson in the 2015 College Football Playoff. But that’s no reason to poke the bear, so to speak, if you’re the Bulldogs.
Kickoff is slated for 5 p.m. ET on New Year’s Day. ESPN will broadcast the game.