S&P+ says Alabama by 2.3 points in the title game, but I’ll worry about that later.
In the meantime, check out Bill’s percentile performances from the Rose Bowl:
That was the worst performance of the year for the Sooners defense… and here we’ve bragged about SEC defenses, when maybe we should be pumping our chests about SEC offenses. (I keed, I keed. Sort of.)
Speaking of offense, there’s one note from Bill’s five factors worth a mention. Remember how so many were talking about Georgia using its running attack to slow the pace of the game down to keep the ball out of Mayfield’s hands? My response was that given the weaknesses in the Oklahoma defense and Georgia’s own propensity for the big play, that might not be as much a thing as people hoped.
In the end, that turned out to be the case. Georgia averaged only 3.5 plays per possession, compared to Oklahoma’s five. That’s what happens when your rushing IsoPPP, which measures explosive plays, winds up more than tripling the national average. Wowzer.