Multiple players who will take part in the College Football Playoff semifinal matchups on Jan. 1 spent part of last week in Atlanta for the College Football Awards show. But according to a report from ESPN’s Ryan McGee, Oklahoma and Georgia, at least, also were there on business.
Neither Oklahoma nor Georgia representatives hesitated to pick the brains of players who already had faced their respective Rose Bowl opponent.
“We’re all gathering intel, man,” Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield told McGee. “Every guy in here, they have looked and seen who has already played against who. … We’ve all already watched film of the team we’re playing in our games, but nothing beats real game experience.”
Mayfield was one of 27 players at the College Football Awards show in Atlanta on Thursday. While he wasn’t busy winning the Davey O’Brien and Maxwell Awards, in advance of his Heisman Trophy, Mayfield was seeking out players who could give him a Georgia scouting report.
Georgia, who was represented by middle linebacker Roquan Smith, didn’t fall behind. Oklahoma State receiver James Washington said he gave advice to the Bulldogs on how to attack the Sooners.
“The Georgia guys did ask me about Oklahoma and I don’t think they gave them much, but what I gave them was the most important thing,” Washington recalled. “Baker Mayfield, Baker Mayfield, Baker Mayfield. Guy’s a player.”
Oklahoma and Georgia kick off from the Rose Bowl on New Year’s Day at 5 p.m. ET.