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Opposing Player to Watch vs. Oklahoma: Spencer Rattler

The freshman quarterback has matured greatly since early October

Oklahoma v Iowa State Photo by David K Purdy/Getty Images

It all comes full circle.

Iowa State’s 37-30 win over Oklahoma back on October 3 helped turn the Cyclones’ season around, but that very game also gives the Sooners added motivation heading into the Big 12 Championship game tomorrow. Quarterback Spencer Rattler has added even more fuel to the fire after he clearly perceived his lack of first or second team conference honors as a snub. He certainly has an argument, as he’s leading the conference in multiple offensive categories.

Rattler leads the Big 12 in total passing yards (2,512), overall rating (174.7), completion percentage (68.5), and is second overall with 24 touchdown passes, behind Sam Ehlinger (25). Moreover, Rattler’s rating is 24.8 points higher than Ehlinger’s and 29.1 points higher than Brock Purdy’s. Rattler, without question, creates problems whether he’s in the pocket or not:

Now, that’s not all to say that Oklahoma’s offense is a complete juggernaut, because the Cyclones field a much more balanced attack with Breece Hall in the backfield. For context, Hall’s 1,357 total yards lead the conference, whereas Oklahoma backs T.J. Pledger and Rhamondre Stevenson have posted has posted a combined 831 yards.

Still, Rattler’s play as of late has been great, throwing 14 touchdowns and just three interceptions since the team’s loss to Iowa State. The Sooners have outscored all opponents 225-78 in their last five games, scoring 40 or more points in three of them. Not that he needed it, but the earlier loss to the Cyclones, combined with what he perceives as an All-Conference snub, gives Rattler plenty of motivation heading into the Big 12 title game.

Buckle up.