The Granddaddy of Them All

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Updated: December 5, 2017

The Rose Bowl Preview

The regular season is over, conference championships were decided and we finally have the final four teams that will be playing for this year’s national championship. The bowl season will be upon us before you know it with the first games set to kickoff on December 16th. While all the bowls leading up to New Year’s Day are fun and provide great opportunities to wager a few bucks the real action is on January 1st.

This season gives a few great matchups with some traditional college powerhouses. In the Rose Bowl, we have high flying Oklahoma Sooners led by Heisman front-runner Baker Mayfield taking on the SEC champion Georgia Bulldogs with their lightning fast and physical defense and stable of hard-hitting running backs.

The Sugar Bowl gives us a rematch of the previous two title games when the #1 ranked Clemson Tigers led by Dabo Sweeny take on the #4 ranked Crimson Tide from Alabama led by all-world coach Nick Saban. These two powerhouses have split their previous two meetings with each one winning a national title for their troubles. Whoever comes out on top of this trilogy gets to play for a 2nd national title in 3 years.

Let’s take a quick look at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.

Rose Bowl- Georgia Bulldogs vs Oklahoma Sooners

The Big 12 did not miss out on getting a team into the dance this year as the conference champion Sooners will travel to Pasadena to take on the Bulldogs. These two teams come in with strengths on opposite sides of the ball.

Oklahoma has a high octane offense led by Heisman finalist Baker Mayfield. Mayfield has passed for 4340 yards with 41 touchdowns against only 5 interceptions this season. Georgia has seen nothing close to a quarterback like Mayfield and what the Sooners will bring out on offense. The Bulldogs defense is fast and physical but they will have to be at the top of their game to slow down this juggernaut.

Georgia fans obviously aware of this as Mayfield had his cell number leaked and admitted he was bombarded by calls from Georgia fans. He changed his number and laughed off the prank as good fun and gave respect to the Georgia fans for their creativity.

Georgia will continue to rely on their run game led by star backs Nick Chubb and Sony Michel. It appears Georgia dodged a bullet as Michel was injured in the second half of the SEC Championship Game but should be good to go for the Rose Bowl. Georgia offense will be led by true freshman Jake Fromm who will have to overcome the moment in where he is at to lead the offense.

The line for the game is currently at Georgia -1.5 after opening with Oklahoma as the favorite at -1.5. Some early money appears to be backing the Bulldogs. The total for the game is currently at 60 which indicates a shootout and may favor Oklahoma.

At this point, I think the Bulldogs defense puts up a few more stops and the offense pounds away at a questionable Sooner defense. Georgia 31 Oklahoma 27