Somewhere Georgia players are groaning at the bulletin board material Houston defensive tackle Ed Oliver provided to the Oklahoma offensive line.
The Telegraph’s Jason Butt spoke with Oliver about the Bulldogs’ Rose Bowl opponent, Oklahoma, and Oliver does not think highly of the Sooners offensive line, specifically the interior with All-Big 12 first-team center Erick Wren and All-Big 12 second-team offensive linemen Ben Powers and Dru Samia.
“You can get at [Baker Mayfield],” Oliver told to Butt. “Besides the big tackle [Orlando Brown], I don’t think his interior linemen are any good — well, I don’t think they’re not any good, but I don’t think they’re SEC good. That’s just my opinion.”
There’s quite a bit to unpack here, so we’ll start with the fact Oliver has never faced an SEC offensive line during his two-year collegiate career. So, not clear why he’d pump up that narrative.
Second, Oklahoma has given up 21 sacks this season. Georgia has given up 16, Alabama has given up 22 and Auburn 30. Even if the Sooners interior lineman aren’t “SEC good,” their numbers are on par with with the three best teams in the conference.
Sure, Ed Oliver is a great player. He just won the Outland Trophy, and his Cougars — under the direction of Tom Herman — beat Oklahoma in 2016.
But the key thing here is, he faced Oklahoma’s 2016 offensive line, not 2017. There’s a big a difference.
Just ask Ohio State.
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