What did we learn from the Rose Bowl? Just how far the Pac-12 was this season from the nation’s elite. You can dissect certain plays but neither Georgia nor Oklahoma seemed to have the chaos or organizational issues that are commonplace at a USC game.
Just getting players on-and-off-the-field looked crisper at the Rose Bowl, especially on special teams. Georgia smoothly went right into its Wildcat. Oklahoma ran a trick play with a TD pass to Baker Mayfield. Remember that trick play USC tried vs. Colorado around the 10-yard line?
Lastly, the speed. When Miami beat Nebraska in the 2003 Rose Bowl for the BCS title, I helped Pete Carroll write a column on the game. He talked about how fast the game looked compared to a (then) Pac-10 game. Even the defensive linemen were faster despite being bigger.
Here we are 15 years later and the same issues are cropping up. Maybe USC will improve and become a CFP contender. But what changes will made to make it happen?