Post by Cap'n Cattitude on Jan 1, 2018 18:06:18 GMT
It's time to prognosticate on the BCS (alleged) playoff games. Neither game is easy to figure but I'm going to take a shot.
Alabama v Clemson. Many people assume that this is the "real" championship game since this game is the rubber match between the last two champions. Maybe. But I don't think either team is the monster they have been the last couple of years. I expect a low scoring and really boring game with Alabama prevailing 24-17.
OU v Georgia. Two hungry, hungry programs with first year coaches. I want to dispel a couple of myths about this game: 1. It will not be low scoring. The O/U is 61-62 and I think it will be the over. OU will give up a lot of yards but not necessarily a lot of points. Expect the GA offense to come out throwing to try to jump on the Sooners early. 2. OU is not just a passing team. They have a massive OL, very good running backs, and can slug it out with anyone. But Baker's health is key. 3. The UGA defense and the OU offense won't do anything different. They will dance with what brung 'em. So look for new wrinkles in the OU defense and UGA offense. This will be a great game with The Fabulous Baker Boy prevailing over Jake Fromm State Farm 45-38.
Post by OscarWildeCat, Admin on Jan 1, 2018 18:32:31 GMT
And here is mine:
Clemson-Bama. Alabama is dinged up or I’d go with the Tide. Clemson eeks out a win.
OU-UGA. OU has the better offense. Georgia has a better defense. UGA has the edge in special teams, which Will help them shorten the field.
OU has not faced a defense as good as UGA’s. The Dawgs have not played a team with an offense as good as OU’s.
UGA will do what they have done all year. Run straight at the defense and utilize their running backs on swing passes in the backfield. UGA is near the top of the charts in yards after catch for a reason. Their backs break tackles.
OU will try to stop UGA by loading the box. That’s when Fromm will shine against OU’s sometImes suspect secondary. Not before.
The Tude is correct that OU is more than Mayfield alone. The Sooners can run. Similarly, UGA is more than running backs alone. Fromm can pass. He just hasn’t needed to do much passing all year which has allowed coaches to bring him along slowly. But the freshman has had a full season under his belt and will show off his arm in this game, if needed.
Georgia has a very good defense but they will need some help from UGA’s ball control offense to keep Mayfield and company off the field. That’s why I don’t look for them to come out throwing.
The key to this game will be which team can do what they do. Put another way, which team can impose their will on the other? I’m going with the Dogs by 7.