Is Lincoln Riley an amazing young genius who’s ready to accomplish things that will place him among the greatest college coaches of this generation?

Or did having Baker Mayfield directing his offense give an enhanced view of Riley, who crashed his way into the College Football Playoff party as a first-year head coach?

We already know Riley, who turns 35 on Sept. 5, is awfully good. He showed a lot last fall, when he took over seamlessly after the surprise retirement of Bob Stoops. But it didn’t hurt that Riley, who was Stoops’ offensive coordinator for two years, got 117 touchdown passes from Mayfield in his first three years in Norman.

Now comes a different kind of proving ground. The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.