Rivals.com National Recruiting Director Mike Farrell’s thought-provoking Three-Point Stance is here with Saturday Shine and Saturday Shame from the weekend as well as thought on Baker Mayfield’s antics.
MORE FARRELL: Friday's Three-Point Stance
So what is Saturday Shine and Saturday Shame? Essentially, it’s a look at the teams, and sometimes players, who should be proud or ashamed of their performances from the weekend. This includes Thursday and Friday games, of course. So let’s take a look at those that shined first …
Wisconsin – The Badgers just keep on winning, despite average quarterback play. They have one of the most underrated defenses in the country - and that running game can’t be stopped.
QB Josh Rosen, UCLA – Rosen won the battle of the potential No. 1 quarterbacks in a big way. Yes, he threw the ball more often, but his offensive line is much worse than Darnold’s, he has one good skill player to work with and he still made some amazing plays.
QB Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma – I’ll give him his deserved props as a great player who had another good week and has clinched the Heisman. He deserves the kudos for his on-the-field play every week. Off the field: I address that below.
QB Kurt Benkert, Virginia – This guy looked like an NFL quarterback before he threw the pick six that turned around the game. He made some amazing reads, went through some great progressions and his accuracy most of the day was amazing as he tried to help his team pull an upset against Miami.
DB Jaquon Johnson, Miami – This kid makes huge plays almost every week, it seems, and his pick for a touchdown turned the game around versus Virginia and helped save the season and playoff hopes for Miami.
RB Saquon Barkley, Penn State – He’s finally back to running North-South and had a huge game against a gritty Nebraska team. It’s too late for the Heisman, but it was nice to see him back to dominance. He’s a kid you want to root for.
QB Skylar Thompson, Kansas State – This kid has a really good future ahead of him, and we liked him a lot out of high school because he can throw and run. He was the reason Kansas State pulled off the upset against Oklahoma State.
QB Lamar Jackson, Louisville – He keeps putting up pinball numbers week in and week out, and needs to be back in the Heisman discussion. He shouldn’t win it, but he should be in New York for the ceremony.
Texas – A nice win for Tom Herman, as the Longhorns are bowl eligible and the offensive and defensive balance is solid in Year One.
Nebraska – The Huskers had nothing to play for yet they kept charging in a game they had no chance of winning. Mike Riley needs to go, but at least his kids are still playing for him.
QB Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma – I’ll get into this more below, but as a leader of a playoff contender and a 22-year-old senior, you have to show more maturity and represent your team better, despite the circumstances.
Sam Darnold, USC – Everyone keeps saying he’s the No. 1 pick in the draft and talking about how mobile he is, but he keeps turning the ball over and didn’t look that sharp to me in the battle versus Rosen. And he has a lot more help than Rosen does.
Kentucky – If the Wildcats want to step up in the SEC East and be taken seriously they have to show up in big games and be competitive - and the Georgia rout was embarrassing.
Oklahoma State defense – I figured the defense would be a problem, but I guess I didn’t think it would be this bad in certain games. Even the Oklahoma State offense can’t make up for a defense this bad.
Maryland – No bowl game this season after a bowl in the first under D.J. Durkin. Are the Terrapins taking a step back in the toughest division in football?
N.C. State – Three straight losses and a potentially great season down the drain. What will Dave Doeren complain about this time?
Syracuse – Where did any semblance of defense go?
Arizona defense – The Wildcats are young, but they looked absolutely clueless against Oregon.
MAYFIELD AND MATURITY
It's High Horse time, kids.
But he also has a problem, and it’s called immaturity.
We saw it in the offseason when he was running from the cops, and we saw a little of it when he planted the OU flag at midfield after a win over Ohio State earlier this season. But we especially saw it this weekend against Kansas. Yes, the Jayhawks' captains were wrong in refusing to shake hands at the start of the game, and yes they took some cheap shots at Mayfield in the game. But Mayfield is a star, and stars have to know one thing – they are always in the spotlight and have to take the high road. That’s what the NFL wants from quarterbacks to whom they plan to pay millions of dollars. It’s what football fans need to see from a player they want to root for simply because of his passion and ability.
So, as a 22-year-old senior captain playing an awful Kansas team, why talk trash to fans? Why grab your crotch on national television? And why scream profanities across the field when all you have to do is point to the scoreboard?
“Heat of the moment” doesn’t cut it for me, and it might not cut it for NFL scouts and GMs already picking apart your resume because of the incident with the cops, your size, your arm strength and whatever else they want to criticize. Now you’ve given them more ammunition. Take it from someone who thinks you are a first-round NFL talent: You acted like a knucklehead this past weekend and it was not necessary.
Be the bigger man Baker, be the bigger man.