Free Rose Bowl Game Prediction: Bulldogs vs Sooners Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Rose Bowl Game
(12-1) Georgia Bulldogs vs. Oklahoma Sooners (12-1)
Date: Monday, January 1st, 2018
Time: 5:00 pm EST
Venue: Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California
NCAA Football Spread: UGA -1.5
NCAA Betting Total: 60
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Forever fondly referred to as ‘The Grandaddy of ‘Em All’ (hopefully, maybe someone eventually decides the nickname is a ‘gender microaggression’) the Rose Bowl is circled on every football fan’s calendar around the holidays. This year’s matchup is indeed a beauty, with two elite programs in Georgia and Oklahoma locking horns in sunny southern California.
If ever a game were too close to call, this match-up would be in that realm. Both squads have been playing fantastic football, rolling out rosters riddled with All-Americans and future impact players in the NFL. Provided the game lives up to its billing, it will only further cement the legacy of the Rose Bowl, especially when it serves as the National Semifinal this season with second-ranked Oklahoma and third-ranked Georgia in the mix for all the marbles.
The Dawgs sure are on a roll at the moment. Georgia has dismantled Kentucky, Georgia Tech and Auburn in consecutive weeks, with the Auburn Tigers ranked #2 in the country at the time before succumbing to Georgia 28-7 in the SEC Championship Game. That’s right, the Bulldogs are SEC champs. Not Alabama, not LSU, not Auburn, but SEC East representative Georgia. It sounds weird to say, but it’s surely a nice change from the usual Nick Saban-led Alabama hegemony.
Georgia can beat you with athletic specimens on both sides of the ball, which makes the Dawgs so dangerous. Linebacker Roquan Smith is among the best in the country, and other athletic freaks (unbelievable blends of size and speed) like NT John Atkins and LB Lorenzo Carter (6’6, 243 lbs) make Georgia’s defense the kind of unit that can hold talented Auburn to a single touchdown in the title game.
On the other side of the ball, QB Jake Fromm is seasoned beyond his tender years, but the majority of the hay is made with the running game. Georgia has had an embarrassment of riches at the RB position for a while now, spearheaded by senior Nick Chubb (1,175 yards, 6.2 ypc average, 13 TDs), fellow senior Sony Michel (948 yards, 7.2 avg, 13 TDs) and freshman and Philly native D’Andre Swift (597 yards, 8.2 yards per clip, three scores). You’re right – those are video game numbers. If Georgia can continue to feed the ball down their next opponent’s throat in the Rose Bowl, it could go a long way for the Bulldogs dictating the game and thus emerging victorious in the semifinal.
Of course, the Sooners aren’t without their own star power, primarily in the form of QB Baker Mayfiield, who has already taken home hardware (he’s already nabbed the Maxwell Award and the Walter Camp Award as Player of the Year) and might also be in pole position to snag this year’s Heisman Trophy. The senior from Austin, Texas catches some shade for being a little demonstrative and obnoxious, but you look at his stats (an amazing 4,340 pass yards, 41 TDs to just five picks) and you can surely excuse him.
Mayfield makes everyone else’s job on Oklahoma’s offense much easier. Everything runs through the senior field general, but after that it’s rather an offense-by-committee look in Norman, with players like RBs Rodney Anderson, WRs Marquise Brown and CeeDee Lamb and TE Mark Andrews all chipping in tangibly.
On the other side of the ball, DE/LB ‘tweener Ogbonnia Okoronkwo is a pass-rushing demon. The senior has 17 Tackles for Loss and eight sacks on the year, following up a nine-sack campaign in 2016. Even though he’s a little undersized, he’ll surely find a home at the next level. In the kicking game, junior Austin Seibert is one of the best – and he might factor in if this match-up is as close as it ought to be.
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If Oklahoma’s pass rush can terrorize Fromm, it might make Georgia too predictable in its offensive playcalling, but with the Bulldogs’ record of running game dominance, I like Georgia to set the tone in this marquee match-up. It’s for sure going to be close, and I can’t do any better than the consensus line, which seems to be right on the money with two teams this evenly matched.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Georgia -1.5.
Naturally, there’s a very real chance that Mayfield just puts on a clinic on New Year’s Day and shows everyone why he’s the worthy Heisman winner this season. But if you have to pick, Georgia’s recent form and its throwback-style run dominance is tantalizing. Who knows what might happen, which has always made a bowl match-up that so often featured the USCs, Michigans, Notre Dames, Ohio States and UCLAs of the world and now is counted on to determine who plays for the National Championship.
Make sure you tune into this one and make sure you enjoy it, but expect Georgia to emerge victorious by a nose.
Rose Bowl Game Free Score Prediction: Georgia 24 – Oklahoma 21
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