We all know Georgia’s mantra on defense is preventing the big gain. That mantra is going to be sorely tested in the Rose Bowl.
First off, here’s where the Dawgs stand nationally in D-1 opponents’ long plays from scrimmage:
- 10+ yards: 2nd
- 20+ yards: 9th
- 30+ yards: 9th
- 40+ yards: 9th
That is solid and consistent. So, what are they up against? Oklahoma’s rankings in D-1 long plays from scrimmage:
- 10+ yards: 1st
- 20+ yards: 1st
- 30+ yards: 1st
- 40+ yards: 1st
That’s downright ridiculous.
Oh, yeah — I didn’t bother to go out beyond 40+ yards, because of sample size. Georgia’s only given up three plays of 50+ yards all season. Oklahoma’s offense, though, has notched 21 of those suckers. Yikes.
The flip side looks pretty dynamic, too.
The Sooners’ national rankings in D-1 opponents’ long plays from scrimmage:
- 10+ yards: 81st
- 20+ yards: 77th
- 30+ yards: 117th
- 40+ yards: 103rd
And Georgia’s national rankings in D-1 long plays from scrimmage:
- 10+ yards: 42nd
- 20+ yards: 16th
- 30+ yards: 18th
- 40+ yards: 47th
Two conclusions to draw from the numbers: one, that strategy of Georgia grinding it out on offense to keep Baker Mayfield and Company off the field sounds great in theory, but in practice there’s a decent likelihood the ball is going to be moving up and down the field like crazy all day.
Oh, and two? I’d keep those bathroom breaks short while you’re watching the game. Otherwise, you might miss something.