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    Rose Bowl

    Where: Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California
    Date & Time: Monday, January 1, 2018 at 5:00 PM ET
    Spread: Georgia Bulldogs -2
    Over/Under Total: 60
    Quick Pick: Georgia MoneyLine

    This year’s Rose Bowl will take place on Monday, January 1, 2018 at 5:00 PM ET at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California. The game will be the semifinal matchup for the College Football Playoffs and will feature the Oklahoma Sooners and the Georgia Bulldogs. The winner of this game will play the winner out of Clemson Tigers and Alabama Crimson Tide for the National Championship.


    Rose Bowl

    The Granddaddy of them All, the Rose Bowl is the oldest active bowl game currently being played.

    The bowl was first played back in 1902 and is the highest attended bowl game in all of the NCAA College Bowl season.
    The Rose Bowl has been played with numerous sponsors but has always been called the Rose Bowl. The Rose Bowl has been sponsored by the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association, AT&T, Sony Playstation 2, Citi, Vizio and Northwestern Mutual.
    This year, the game will feature the Oklahoma Sooners and the Georgia Bulldogs. Both of these teams have appeared in the Rose Bowl 1 time each. The Oklahoma Sooners played in the 2003 Rose Bowl against the Washington State Cougars and won 34-14. The Georgia Bulldogs played in the 1943 Rose Bowl, winning the game over UCLA 9-0.


    Previous Matchup History

    This will be the first time the Oklahoma Sooners and the Georgia Bulldogs have ever met up in the history of the two programs.

    Oklahoma Sooners 12-1 (BIG 12)

    The Oklahoma Sooners finished up the regular season with a 12-1 record, which was good enough to get them into the College Football Playoffs. Their only loss on the season was in week 5, when they lost to the Iowa State Cyclones 38-31.
    The Sooners will be led on offense by Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield. Mayfield and the Sooner offense is the #1 offense overall and the 4th best scoring offense in the nation. Mayfield and the Sooners posted at least 41 points in 9 of their 13 games.

    Mayfield completed 71% of his pass attempts on the season for 4340 yards and 41 touchdowns and 5 INT’s. Mayfield spreads the ball out for the Sooners and uses a wide variety of receivers. WR Marquise Brown is the leading yardage receiver for the Sooners, while TE Mark Andrews is the reception leader with 58 receptions on the year.

    The Sooners have appeared in 50 bowl games in the history of the program and have sported a 29-20-1 record in those games. The Sooners are coming into this bowl off a 35-19 2016 Sugar Bowl win over the Auburn Tigers. They have lost 3 of their last 5 bowl games overall.


    Georgia Bulldogs 12-1 (SEC)

    The Georgia Bulldogs ended the regular season with a 12-1 record. Their only loss on the year came back in November, when they dropped a game to SEC rival Auburn 40-17. The Bulldogs covered the spread in 9 out of their 13 games and played under the posted total in 8 of their 13 games this year.

    The Bulldogs offense is anchored by the running back tandem of Nick Chubb and Sony Michel. Chubb and Michel returned for their senior years with the intention of winning a national championship and now, they are 2 wins away from accomplishing that feat. These two have been a complete force on opposing defense and if Michel gains 52 yards in the game against Oklahoma, they will be the first pair of Bulldog running backs to both run for 1000 yards in a single season.

    The Bulldogs defense was one of the best in the nation and rank 4th overall in FBS. They held 10 of their 13 opponents to 14 or less points on the season. The Bulldogs have some of the best linebackers in FBS and they are going to constantly come after Baker Mayfield. The linebacker crew got a boost of good news as Natrez Patrick has all of his charges dropped.

    The Georgia Bulldogs have played in 52 bowl games in the history of the program. They are 30-19-3 in those 52 games and come into this bowl with a 3 bowl game winning streak. The Bulldogs won their bowl game last year in the Liberty Bowl, over the TCU Horned Frogs 31-23.


    Rose Bowl Handicapping

    This game comes down to asking yourself 2 questions…..1) When Oklahoma has the ball, can the Georgia defense stop them 2) When Georgia’s rushing attack has the ball, can Oklahoma stop them? We would venture to say that the Bulldog defense will stop or at least slow down Baker Mayfield and the Sooner offense but when Sony Michel and Nick Chubb have the ball, it will be very hard for this Sooner defense to contain them.

    Spooky’s Selection

    Our system tells us that the Georgia Bulldogs will win this game by nearly a touchdown. This is one of our top plays on the bowl season! We are going to be playing Georgia on the Moneyline as a 5 star play! Bet it and forget it!

    Spooky Express Pick: Georgia MoneyLine


    Note: This bowl game is being handicapped and broken down weeks in advance of the game being played. Please be sure to check back periodically to determine if any changes have been made and be sure to check the day of the game, to receive and over/under plays that we may provide.


    For the latest updates head to Spookyexpress.com or https://spookyexpress.com/college-bowl-game-picks/
    Last edited by Bobalou; 12-20-17, 02:31 PM.
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