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How To Bet The 2017 Rose Bowl

How To Bet The 2017 Rose Bowl

The 3rd ranked Georgia Bulldogs and 2nd ranked Oklahoma Sooners will kick off the 2017 College Football Playoffs when they meet in the first semifinal at the 2017 Rose Bowl.


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2017 Rose Bowl: Georgia Bulldogs vs Oklahoma Sooners

  • When: January 01, 2018, 5:00 PM ET
  • Where: Rose Bowl
  • Spread: Georgia -2
  • Total: 60
  • Moneyline: Georgia -125 vs Oklahoma +125

If You’re Betting On The Georgia Bulldogs

The Bulldogs were considered the best team in the country for most of the year until they lost to the Auburn Tigers late in the season.

The loss temporarily knocked them out of the top four, but they were able to get back into the playoff picture with a win over the Auburn Tigers in the SEC Championship game.

Now, the Bulldogs will be going up against a team that is expected to give them a run for their money in the Oklahoma Sooners.

The Bulldogs will be relying on their running game, which was ranked 10th in the country this year thanks to Nick Chubb, who had 1,175 yards and 13 touchdowns, and Sony Michel, who had 948 yards and 13 touchdowns as well. Chubb and Michel, are also third and ninth in the SEC in rushing yards respectively, with a combined 2,000 plus yards and the 26 touchdowns between the two. 

Fans in Athens were concerned when freshman Jake Fromm was forced into starting duties at quarterback but the 19-year-old has been incredibly efficient as a passer.

Georgia’s defense is one of the best in the nation and has chock-full of talent at every position.

However, the linebacker unit may be the most talented group in all of college football. Roquan Smith is coming off a Butkus Award-winning season that saw him pace the Bulldogs in tackles, sacks and quarterback hurries. The back end is stuffed to the brim with upperclassmen who understand their role in the defense and work as one complete unit.

If they can get their running game going, the Bulldogs will be able to control the clock and keep Oklahoma’s offense on the sidelines, preventing Mayfield from killing them through the air.

If the Sooners are able to stop the run, the Bulldogs will have to rely on Jake Fromm, who had 2,173 yards, to lead them to victory, which didn’t work out well when they played the Auburn Tigers the first time.

If You’re Betting On The Oklahoma Sooners

The Sooners will be coming into this game with a lot of confidence because they have won their last eight games after getting upset by Iowa State earlier in the season. The fact that they also blew out every one of their opponents with the exception of the Texas Longhorns during that span, also helps.

Arguably, there will not be a more interesting matchup in the College Football Playoff this season than Baker Mayfield and Oklahoma’s high-octane passing game with the ball-hawking abilities of safety Dominick Sanders and Georgia’s secondary in the Rose Bowl.

The Sooners passing attack ranks in the top five in the nation in yards, yards per attempt, completion percentage and touchdowns. On the other side of the ball, the Bulldogs defense sits in the top 10 in passing yards allowed and yards per pass attempt.

Newly crowned Heisman winner, Mayfield, will be expected to lead the team to victory once again.

Oklahoma’s offense is built around Mayfield. The senior quarterback is brutally efficient with the ball and has proven time and time over his ability to make plays on the run when things break down.

His preferred target is tight end Mark Andrews, who is second on the team in receiving and first in receiving touchdowns. However, Andrews is going to have a difficult time getting open with an experienced safety duo and the best linebacker unit in the country.

Of all the teams in the playoffs, Oklahoma has the worst defense and it’s not even close. The Sooners rank 81st in the nation in yards allowed but their bend-don’t-break defense has held opponents to a respectable 25 points per game.

And though this unit will be scrutinized leading into the Rose Bowl, the OU defense has held ranked opponents to 20 points or less in three of four matchups this season.

Mayfield and the Sooners offense had a great year, and finished as the 4th best scoring team in the country, averaging 44.9 points per game.

Unlike the Bulldogs, who are primarily a running team, the Sooners excel through the air and on the ground. Oklahoma finished the season averaging 215.9 rushing yards per game, which was 27th in the country, and 367.4 passing yards per game, which was 3rd.

With the team able to run and pass successfully, they will put the Bulldogs defense in a bind as they will need to find a way to successfully stop both the run and the pass.

If they focus on stopping the run, Mayfield will take advantage through the air, and if they focus on stopping the pass, the Sooners will be able to find running lanes.

Despite their offensive advantage, the Sooners will have their hands full with Chubb and Michel, and if they can’t stop Georgia’s run game, they will find it hard to win the game.

Bulldogs vs Sooners Betting Trends

  • Oklahoma is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Oklahoma's last 8 games against the SEC.
  • Oklahoma is 5-1 SU and ATS in its last 6 games as an underdog.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Oklahoma’s last 6 games in bowl season.
  • Oklahoma is 4-0 ATS in its last 4 games vs the SEC.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Georgia's last 7 games against the Big 12.
  • Georgia is 8-3 ATS in its last 11 games in bowl season.
  • The favorite is 7-2 SU in the last 9 Rose Bowls.

Pick and Prediction: The Bulldogs are favored to win the game by 1.5 points. The over/under on total points scored is 60. The Sooners look like the better team, but they were worse against the spread than the Bulldogs this season, and have a tendency to choke in big games. Take the Bulldogs -1.5 and the under.

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