Beat Oklahoma in the Rose Bowl and play for a National Championship! This College Football Playoff thing is even more fun than I’d imagined! It just doesn’t get any better than this…
So, beat Mr. Heisman Baker Mayfield isn’t going to be easy, right? I get that. He’s a dangerous young man, scrambling around and throwing it. But do I need to remind you that the Georgia defense plans on “Hunkering Down” in Pasadena? Folks, this is going to be good! I can almost see Roquan Smith chasing him down right now.
Seriously, this Bulldog defense is capable of slowing the Sooners offense down. The Georgia Front-7 does a good job containing and protecting the edge. Plus, look for a lot of umbrella zone coverage too. Mayfield has absolutely carved up teams daring to play man coverage. Don’t expect Georgia to try that approach. Turn the Front-7 loose and play zone behind it.
On the other side of the ball, the Oklahoma defense has issues tackling well. That’s not a good formula, when you are facing Chubb, Michel & Swift. Ben Cleveland’s physical play has really given this O-Line a boost late in the season. He and Gaillard got some major push against Auburn’s impressive D-Line, in the SEC Title Game. There is no reason to believe the Bulldogs won’t be able to run it in the Rose Bowl against the Sooners defense. And running it effectively would limit Baker Mayfield’s scoring opportunities!
This appears to be a good match-up for Georgia. I heard Pollack saying the Sooners would hang 30-plus on every team in College Football this season. I’m not so sure of that, after looking at this game closely.
A potential match-up with either Clemson or Alabama looms. Man, that’s HUGE! Especially with the National Championship Game being in Atlanta at MBS!