An introduction to college football’s greatest monster

It’s hard to believe this, but Seth Emerson conducted a Baker Mayfield interview without deposing him under oath or subpoenaing his cell phone so that an independent expert could prove that Mayfield made shit up out of whole cloth.  What the hell is journalism coming to these days, anyway?

Mayfield said this season has been one of “ups and downs,” with the ups being on the field, the downs being off it.

“The thing for me is I’m learning and growing. I’ve addressed those things. I’m not going to put on a front and act like I’m some perfect kid. I’m 22 years old. I’m learning and going through life. I’m proud to say I’ve gone through this process and let people know I’m growing and I’m becoming a better person.”

That included taking it in stride when Georgia fans blew up his phone.

“Respect. I respect them,” Mayfield said. “People ask me if I was really that mad. No, not really, it was pretty funny. Creative stuff. I’d hope that our fans would do the same thing if they got a chance.”

Fake news, man.

On a far less snarky note, speaking of introductions, Matt Hinton’s got a nice primer on the offense that Mayfield directs when he’s not otherwise occupied.  It’s worth a read.  One thing perhaps a little surprising is that Oklahoma has a robust running game.

Coach Lincoln Riley comes out of that tradition, having played and coached for Mike Leach during the peak Air Raid years at Texas Tech, but in fact the Sooners have been much more balanced this season in terms of both quantity (they keep it on the ground about 55 percent of the time) and quality: OU leads the Big 12 in both rushing offense and yards per carry and ranks No. 1 nationally in Offensive Rushing S&P+ by a wide margin, even without producing an individual 1,000-yard rusher – together, the top three backs, Rodney Anderson, Trey Sermon and Abdul Adams, piled up 2,212 yards on 6.5 per carry without any of them claiming the spotlight. The offensive line, which returned all five starters from 2016, ranks No. 2 in Adjusted Line Yards.

It’s gonna be a challenge for Smart and Tucker, methinks.

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18 responses to “An introduction to college football’s greatest monster

  1. Hogbody Spradlin

    Like Notre Dame with a guy who can actually pass well on the run.

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  2. Hogbody Spradlin

    Alternatively:
    College football’s greatest monster? We’ve already met Corch.

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  3. UGA '13

    If it’s true I guess I’m glad we were creative rather than obnoxious. Easily could have gone either way

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  4. Derek

    I’ve been wrong before and will be again but this match up reminds me a little of Alabama vs. ND and/or Nebraska vs. UF back in 1996.

    We’ve got a month to prepare for their offense. They’ve got to deal with getting punched in the mouth on the fly.

    This is a game that will be won or lost by our defensive front seven. I just don’t think they see big, fast and mean much in their schedule and certainly not in the numbers we have.

    Kill the run first, then Baker. Use the running game to keep that offense on the sideline.

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  5. Ellis

    The narrative is OU’s offense against Georgia’s defense. The difference will be Georgia’s offense against OU’s defense.

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  6. Scorpio Jones, III

    “It’s gonna be a challenge for Smart and Tucker, methinks.” And, hopefully for BOTH of them.

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  7. Bill June

    Dosen’t seem to care about the phone calls. Even admired them. Maybe the bedshitting about how he will take it out on the UGA and tack on 4 more TDs and the self-serving high-horse moralizing can end now. Drunken frat boy phone calls used to be a stupid, immature prank. Now its an mandatory guilt trip for all UGA fans from the busy body brigade. Who cares.

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  8. Satowndawg

    Fake news wasn’t that the calls were made…fake news was you making it into a felony offense that tarred the whole fanbase

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  9. Uglydawg

    LOL…we’re kind of beating a dead horse…I’ll admit that I now stand convinced that it most likely happened as BM said.

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  10. Jack Burton

    Big 12 defenses…pfffftttbwahaha

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  11. Russ

    Well, considering all three possible opponents at this stage are scary, I guess having a month to prepare for OU is our best case scenario. Mayfield and that offense can light it up, for sure. Hopefully we can slow him down. I do think our offense can move the ball, but we can’t get into a shootout. I’ve watched OU a few times this year and like any team they can be slowed down. Texas did it and should have beaten them, and I don’t think Texas’ defense is as good as ours (I’d compare them to last year’s team, actually).

    Being the new guys to the playoffs helps a little, too. I think OU will have a tendency to overlook us.

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    • Got Cowdog

      I’ll bet they don’t overlook us. All you have to do is watch the replays. If they are dumb enough and cocky enough to make that mistake ……….
      Well, You get what you get.

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    • Macallanlover

      All four teams are “scary” to one another because they are all capable of beating the other on a given night. You are right though, if we are going to play OU, the first game is the best time because of the time we have to prepare. The ND, Mizzou, MSU, and AU games are the best ones to look at. We are built more for stopping a Bama or Clemson offense. OU is the easiest defense for us to face, by far. But they aren’t the typical soft Big 12 defense you expect, they just haven’t faced a power running attack like UGA has. Just don’t want to get into a shootout with them though. Very interesting match up, not sure how to handicap it.

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  12. David H.

    As far as the on-the-field matchup goes: Oklahoma is one of my favorite non-Georgia college football teams, so I have watched almost all of their games closely this year. I’ll be pulling for the Dawgs, of course, but I would be excited to root for the Sooners in the championship game if Georgia falls short in the Rose Bowl.

    Oklahoma probably has the best and most complete offense in college football this year. Their offensive line is big, talented, and experienced. The OL play and Mayfield’s escapability and accurate passing allow them to be very balanced. Oklahoma has about four or five small, fast wide receivers who can get deep, catch screens, or go across the middle. Their TE, Mark Andrews, is their best pass-catching weapon and is much more of a receiving threat than a blocker. Like us, they rotate three running backs effectively, but theirs are more slashers rather than bruisers like Chubb & Michel.

    Even a defense as good as Georgia’s is not going shut Oklahoma down. Georgia has to hope to stiffen in the red zone and force field goals, and hopefully get the occasional turnover. Even better, Georgia might be able to use time-consuming drives of its own to keep Mayfield & Co. off the field.

    Oklahoma’s defense has been up and down this year: Decent for the first few games; absolutely horrific (think Kevin Ramsey vs. Auburn, 1999) for a stretch of games in the middle of the season; and much improved since the second quarter of the first TCU game. When they can get pressure on the QB with their good edge rushers, they do well, otherwise they are vulnerable.

    Both teams are pretty good on special teams, probably Georgia being slightly more consistent. Should be a lot of fun: I expect Georgia to give up quite a bit more yardage then we typically do, but on the other hand, Georgia should be able to move the ball pretty easily themselves.

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