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Everything you need to know about the Rose Bowl
Happy New Year or, more appropriately, happy Rose Bowl Day! If you’re one of the Dawgs fans lucky enough to be down in Pasadena, thanks for stopping by and enjoy the parade, tailgating and all the sights and sounds the Rose Bowl has to offer. To those of you who couldn’t make the trip out west, stay tuned to DawgNation all day for news and notes.
But if you’re like me, you’re going to be looking for a way to kill time until the 5 p.m. ET kickoff. For that, I have just the remedy. Below are links to enough Rose Bowl previews, columns and blogs to eat up the hours until kickoff. I’ve also broken it down into a few categories so you can pick out exactly what you’re looking for.
Analysis and Previews
- Oliver Connolly takes a deep look at film of Georgia and Oklahoma.
- Chip Towers of DawgNation gives his Rose Bowl breakdown.
- Seth Emerson of DawgNation on how Oklahoma helped Georgia increase its RPO use.
- Bill Connelly of SB Nation on whether OU’s (probably underrated) defense can stop UGA’s ground game.
- Neil Paine of FiveThirty Eight with a numbers-filled Rose Bowl preview.
- Matt Hinton of Saturday Down South goes deep in his Rose Bowl preview.
- Lindsay Schnell of USA Today looks at which side has the edge in the Rose Bowl.
- Jake Fromm is once again looking to prove he is ready for big stage.
- Why Nick Chubb and Sony Michel are one of the best running back duos ever.
- Roquan Smith spurned UCLA and never looked back.
- Jonathan Ledbetter is leaning toward a return to Georgia.
- J.R. Reed’s decision to transfer from Tulsa has paid off.
- Deandre Baker will considering forgoing his senior season to enter the NFL draft.
- Heisman-winner Baker Mayfield has been sick all week, but he’ll be ready to go for the Rose Bowl.
- Georgia can’t forget about the threat posed by OU tailback Rodney Anderson.
- Oklahoma DE Ogbonnia Okoronkwo took issue with the narrative the Sooners defense isn’t physical enough.
- TE Mark Andrews is Mayfield’s most dangerous target.
- Kirby Smart and Lincoln Riley didn’t inherit rebuilds, but each had work to do.
- UGA offensive coordinator Jim Chaney on the ‘beautiful puzzle’ that became the improved Georgia offense.
- Why Georgia is fortunate to have defensive coordinator Mel Tucker leading the defense.
- WR coach James Coley on why he decided to stay at Georgia instead of taking an offensive coordinator gig.
- OL coach Sam Pittman on why he left Arkansas for Georgia.
- Kevin Sherrer, the coach who bridged the gap between the Mark Richt and Kirby Smart eras, gives his perspective on the last four years in Athens.
- Oklahoma’s Riley has had one of the best debut seasons ever.
- Oklahoma defensive coordinator Mike Stoops has another chance to prove the doubters wrong.
Dawg Nation invades L.A.
- Expect to see another sea of red in the Rose Bowl. Dawgs fans have taken over southern California.
- Dawgs fans are getting to Pasadena however they can.
- That includes this guy driving a scooter 2,000 miles.
- How Uga X made the trip to California.
- And his accommodations might be nicer than yours.
- It may have cost folks an arm and a leg to get to Pasadena, but at least there ain’t a dang world war happening.
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3 keys to victory for UGA
If that wasn’t enough analysis for you — and let’s be honest, it wasn’t — here are three keys to victory for the Dawgs.
Time of possession — Dictating the pace of the game is one way UGA can throw off Mayfield and the Sooner offense. The Big 12 is full of big-play offenses, so he’s used to seeing plenty of the ball. If Georgia can limit Oklahoma’s opportunities with the ball, it could help keep Mayfield from getting into the same rhythm he’s used to, not to mention limiting scoring opportunities.
Takeaways — To that end, Georgia has to get the ball away from Mayfield whenever possible and limit his chances to put six points on the board. It could also put him in a situation he hasn’t been in this season. Oklahoma lost the seventh fewest turnovers in college football this season, and Mayfield only threw 5 picks. A few picks could make him overthink things and lead to more mistakes. Of course, all that is much easier said than done.
The return game — Considering how strong the Sooners offense is, Georgia has to do anything and everything in its power to close the scoring gap. Oklahoma isn’t great at defending kickoff or punts, so Mecole Hardman may have a couple of chances to break one. He’s been a shoelace away from a touchdown a few times this season, and there would be no better time to get one than in the Rose Bowl.
Cats top Dawgs
UGA hoops fell in its first SEC contest of the season 66-61 to No. 16 Kentucky at Rupp Arena. Georgia led for much of the game, but the Cats turned on the jets late to defeat the Dawgs. The difference was free throws. UK shot 37 and made 27 while Georgia shot 21 and made 13. Yante Maten led Georgia with 17 points and 12 rebounds.
The Dawgs will host Mississippi State at 6:30 p.m. ET Wednesday.
Dawgs on Twitter
— Georgia Football (@FootballUGA) December 31, 2017
First look. 👀👀 pic.twitter.com/30jeuPu1Ac
— Georgia Bulldogs (@UGAAthletics) January 1, 2018
— Georgia Football (@FootballUGA) December 31, 2017
There is only one good dog of note Monday and you already know who it is.
A tipster sends this photo of Uga en route to the Rose Bowl … pic.twitter.com/royFNix5QC
— Greg Bluestein (@bluestein) December 30, 2017
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