Georgia Bulldogs (12-1) at Oklahoma Sooners (12-1)
|Date & Time||Monday January 1, 2018, 5:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Oklahoma Sooners +2.5 -- Over/Under: 60
The Georgia Bulldogs and Oklahoma Sooners meet Monday in the college football playoff semifinal at the Rose Bowl.
The Georgia Bulldogs have a chance to win 13 games for the second time in school history and advance to the national championship. The Georgia Bulldogs have won their last three neutral site games. Jake Fromm is completing 63 percent of his passes for 2,173 yards, 21 touchdowns and five interceptions. Fromm has two touchdown passes in five of his last eight games. Javon Wims and Terry Godwin have combined for 1,171 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns while Mecole Hardman has 22 receptions. The Georgia Bulldogs ground game is averaging 263.5 yards per contest, and Nick Chubb leads the way with 1,175 yards and 13 touchdowns. Defensively, Georgia is allowing 13.2 points and 270.9 yards per game. Roquan Smith leads the Georgia Bulldogs with 113 tackles, D'Andre Walker has 4.5 sacks and Dominick Sanders has three interceptions.
The Oklahoma Sooners have a chance to win 13 games for the second time in school history and advance to the national championship. The Oklahoma Sooners have won their last four neutral site games. Baker Mayfield is completing 71 percent of his passes for 4,340 yards, 41 touchdowns and five interceptions. Mayfield has three or more touchdown passes in his last six games. Marquise Brown and Mark Andrews have combined for 1,887 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns while CeeDee Lamb has 40 receptions. The Oklahoma Sooners ground game is averaging 215.9 yards per contest, and Rodney Anderson leads the way with 960 yards and 11 touchdowns. Defensively, Oklahoma is allowing 25 points and 384.8 yards per game. Emmanuel Beal leads the Oklahoma Sooners with 89 tackles, Ogbonnia Okoronkwo has eight sacks and Parnell Motley has two interceptions.
The Bulldogs are 5-2 ATS vs. a team with a winning record, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games and 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games overall. The Sooners are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 non-conference games, 2-7 ATS in their last 9 neutral site games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The under is 7-1 in Sooners last 8 neutral site games and the under is 6-2 in Bulldogs last 8 neutral site games.
Those who have followed me all season know that I have a love/hate relationship with the Oklahoma Sooners. I trust them in big games, they lose. I give up on them and fade them, they win. Either way, I always think it's only a matter of time before Oklahoma craps the bed. The Georgia Bulldogs have proven that they're a balanced football team that plays aggressive defensively and has a big play offense with a ground game that can control the tempo. The Oklahoma Sooners put up sexy video game numbers, but they play in a Big 12 conference that has limited defenses, and the Sooners defense itself isn't good. The Sooners are likely going to get a dose of reality in this spot, as I think a lot of success comes from who they play. I'll take Georgia by a touchdown.