Baker Mayfield has won the Heisman Trophy. No team has amassed more yards this season than Oklahoma. What makes the Sooners offense so great, and what will Georgia have to do to stop it ― or at least hold it enough in check to win the Rose Bowl.
We surveyed several key players who have faced Oklahoma’s offense, this season and last, for their thoughts.
Oklahoma had its “worst” offensive showing of the season against Texas, which held the Sooners to a season-low 29 points on Oct. 14 in the Red River Shootout. Oklahoma still won, 29-24, with Mayfield passing for 302 yards and 2 touchdowns. But he was also sacked twice and was intercepted, 1 of only 5 picks of Mayfield this season. Texas cornerback DeShon Elliott, a finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award, was asked how to deal with Mayfield.
Elliott: “Blitz. Get to him. Because if you can just get to him then you should be OK. Other than that you won’t be able to. If you let him sit back there and just pat that ball he’s going to make plays. … You’ve got to be able to keep Baker in the pocket and keep him from being able to extend the pocket. Because if he’s able to extend the pocket and extend plays he’s going to score touchdowns. You’ve got to make sure you do your job and don’t bust coverages.”
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