Georgia/Oklahoma Create Interesting Rose Bowl Matchup

Bowl Season is in full effect which means we’re close to naming a College Football champion. Only four programs remain in the hunt for a national title, and two of them will be eliminated New Year’s Day.

No 1. Clemson, 2. Oklahoma, 3. Georgia and 4. Alabama all remain after a grueling season and are looking to start the new year off right.

Focusing on Oklahoma vs. Georgia, or the Rose Bowl, this contest will take place in Pasadena, California. Georgia heads into this winning their last three games, with a win over Auburn December 2nd. Oklahoma has not lost a contest since October 7th. Since then, they have picked up solid wins against Oklahoma State and Texas Christian twice. Both teams head into this matchup with a 12–1 record.

Current Odds Date & Time: December 31st, 9:00 p.m. (EST)

Online bookmaker Bovada gives the edge to Georgia at -135, and has the O/U at 62.

Latest odds: American Football (courtesy of bet365)

According to Winsipedia, these teams have never faced each other in football, which means we’re in for a treat.

Baker Mayfield is reportedly battling an illness but is expected to play. Sony Michel is dealing with a knee injury, but the team believes he’ll be ready for game time. Mayfield currently looks like a better shot to suit up, and we’ll see if Michel’s knee will keep him out of action.

If Oklahoma wants to win this contest, they will need to rely on Baker Mayfield and the offense. The Sooners allow 25.0 points against per game. Granted, the Sooners’ offense scores an astonishing 44.9 points per game, but Georgia’s defense has been godly this season. The Bulldogs’ defense allows only 13.2 points against per game. Offensively, Georgia scores 34.9 points per game. This creates an interesting dynamic as Oklahoma’s high-scoring offense will go against Georgia’s impenetrable defense.

Georgia is only in their second season under Kirby Smart, but the Bulldogs won their previous Bowl Game last year. Lincoln Riley is in his first season with the Sooners and has lead Oklahoma to their first 12-win season since 2010. The last time Oklahoma picked up 12-wins, the Sooners won the Fiesta Bowl.

Oklahoma last won a national title in 2000, and Georgia last won in 1980.

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