Georgia certainly has a tough matchup with Oklahoma in the Rose Bowl, and ESPN analyst David Pollack sees the Bulldogs struggling to contain OU QB Baker Mayfield in the game.
Pollack, who played for Mark Richt at Georgia from 2001-04, made an appearance on ESPN’s College Football Playoff reaction show to discuss the matchup. He did highlight Georgia’s pass rush, but he believes Mayfield and the Sooners will reach 30 points in the matchup.
Kipp Adams with 247 Sports shared Pollack’s comments:
“That offense is going to have to score because Baker is getting 30,” Pollack said. “You can put 30 up there on his side. The Georgia offense is going to have to score. I think we are looking at 40-something to 30-something.”
It is an intriguing matchup that pits strength against strength. Georgia’s defense has been impressive all season long and is fourth in the country in points allowed per game at 13.2. The Bulldogs are also coming off a dominant performance in the SEC Championship where they limited Auburn to seven points and forced two turnovers.
On the other side of the ball, Mayfield and the Sooners will not be lacking confidence in their offense. Oklahoma is fourth in the nation in points scored per game at 44.9. The Sooners have failed to score less than 30 points just once this season, a 29-24 win over Texas.
Oklahoma may present a tough challenge for Georgia, but the Bulldogs have been impressive this season. Still, they will need to be at the top of their game to slow down Mayfield and the Sooners high-scoring offense.