FOX Sports analyst Joel Klatt makes College Football Playoff picks

The College Football Playoff continues to inch nearer and nearer, but in the weeks until then, Oklahoma’s Rose Bowl meeting with Georgia will continue to be analyzed from any and every angle.

For as in-depth and complex and some may aspire to make it, FOX Sports analyst Joel Klatt aimed to explain the Sooners showdown with the Bulldogs in the simplest terms possible.

“There’s a few things working in Oklahoma’s favor,” Klatt said.

On one side of the field, Georgia will present a freshman quarterback on the biggest stage of his career, while on the other side, Oklahoma will feature Heisman-winning quarterback Baker Mayfield, who Klatt called, “one of the great statistical quarterbacks in our sport’s history.”

“Do you understand how amazing Georgia is going to have to play everywhere to beat Baker Mayfield and Oklahoma?”

Making note of the tall task of matching points with Oklahoma, and doing it against a Sooners defense that’s a bit better than advertised, Klatt envisions the Bulldogs’ season coming to a close on Jan. 1, 2018.

Furthermore, Klatt picked Alabama to top Clemson in a rematch of each of the previous two national championships and thus, square off with Oklahoma for the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship.

Although he didn’t provide an explanation, Klatt did pick Oklahoma to beat Alabama and be crowned as champions to conclude the Baker Mayfield era.

Oklahoma and Alabama most recently met in the Sugar Bowl following the 2013 season, in which the Sooners earned a 45-31 win. If the two perennial powers are to meet yet again, though, Oklahoma will first have to get past a Georgia team that’s actually favored early on.

The Rose Bowl between the Sooners and Bulldogs is set for kickoff at 5:00 p.m. ET on Monday, Jan. 1. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN.

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