The No. 2 Oklahoma Sooners and No. 3 Georgia Bulldogs are isolated by 925 miles, however they’ll both need to movement a great many miles for their first-consistently meeting in the Rose Bowl on New Year’s Day.Oklahoma is making its second trek to Pasadena, California, for the Rose Bowl.
The Sooners already played in the challenge in 2003 against Washington State. Georgia is influencing an arrival to outing to the Rose Bowl following 74 years. The Bulldogs won as the No. 2 group in the nation in the 1943 Rose Bowl over UCLA.
The conventional forces playing in a capricious scene will square off for the principal compartment in the national title.
Date: Monday, January 1, 2018
Time: 5 p.m. ET
Live Stream: Watch ESPN
Chances: Georgia (- 2.5); Over/Under: 60
How Oklahoma Will Win
As much as we need to concentrate on Heisman Trophy victor Baker Mayfield, the Sooners have a lot of different weapons that could wound the spirit of the Georgia safeguard.
The running back blending of Rodney Anderson and Trey Sermon give a pleasant supplement to Mayfield, who is the second-best passer in the FBS.
NORMAN, OK – OCTOBER 28: Running back Rodney Anderson #24 of the Oklahoma Sooners searches for an opening against the Texas Tech Red Raiders at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on October 28, 2017 in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma crushed Texas Tech 49-
Anderson encountered a mind blowing second 50% of the season, as he achieved the 100-yard stamp in five of his last seven recreations. The sophomore likewise picked up 93 yards on 24 conveys in the Big 12 Championship.
Sermon, a first year recruit from Marietta, Georgia, might not have seen the quantity of conveys Anderson did amid the extend run, yet he’s still affected the diversion when he’s touched the ball.
In the last five recreations of the customary season, Sermon arrived at the midpoint of 6.5 yards for every convey, and he found the middle value of more than eight yards for every surge against Oklahoma State and West Virginia in that grouping of amusements.
Little uncertainty Mayfield will show up when it’s the ideal opportunity for the huge plays to be made, however the life of the senior flag guest will be influenced simpler if the running backs to keep the Georgia barrier fair with a modest bunch of effective hurries in the main half.
What may hurt the Sooners the most is their run barrier. Oklahoma comes into the Rose Bowl positioned 40th in the country at 144.2 yards surrendered per diversion, and it has surrendered four yards for every convey.
Regardless of how well Mayfield plays, the Oklahoma resistance should hold Sony Michel and Nick Chubb under that four-yards-per-convey normal. In the event that Georgia can have its way with the Oklahoma run safeguard, it could wind up compelling the Sooners to confer excessively numerous numbers in the case, which would prompt quarterback Jake Fromm opening up the optional.
How Georgia Will Win
We as a whole realize what Chubb and Michel are able to do, however the question mark on the Georgia offense is green bean quarterback Fromm.
Dissimilar to his partner Mayfield, Fromm doesn’t have an abundance of involvement in defining moments and the worries encompassing his play will keep on swirling from now until the point when the Rose Bowl commences.
Notwithstanding what outcasts think about his execution, Fromm and his mentors are more than sure he’ll take care of business on New Year’s Day.
Fromm may experience a few nerves given his absence of experience, however he’s sure about his planning for the Rose Bowl, per Seth Emerson of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
“I think for me when I get the most apprehensive is the point at which I know I don’t get ready,” Fromm said. “Furthermore, for me this year and this season, I think I’ve arranged more than any first year recruit quarterback or any quarterback out there in the nation could have arranged.”
One of Fromm’s qualities is the profound ball, as he had the most noteworthy passer rating of any FBS quarterback while tossing passes 20 yards or further, per Pro Football Focus College Football on Twitter:
Fromm will be helped by the surging assault of Chubb and Michel, who have once in a while neglected to show up this season.
For whatever length of time that the running back couple can challenge the Oklahoma front seven and increase three to four yards for every convey, it will enable Fromm to toss a decent measure of short passes blended in with the profound balls he tries to use to open up the Oklahoma auxiliary.
Roquan Smith will be the point of convergence of Georgia’s protective approach. Not exclusively will he be entrusted with quitting for the day holes against the Oklahoma running backs, he’ll likewise be requested to get weight on Mayfield to influence him to feel awkward from the opening drive.
In the event that Georgia can put Mayfield under pressure on numerous events in the primary half, it will enable the offense to attempt to open up a difficult hole.
It’s enticing to run with Georgia as the most loved in the Rose Bowl after you investigate Fromm, yet it’s difficult to pick against the Heisman Trophy victor playing on his greatest stage yet.
Anticipate that the two groups will get a handle on each other in the main half before the playmakers assume responsibility in the second half, with Mayfield making the most critical plays.