CFP semifinal features Georgia and Oklahoma in Rose Bowl

Monday, 04 Dec, 2017

The Sooners are in the College Football Playoff! They're peaking at the right time, playing to their potential for four quarters and putting teams away - something they weren't doing in the beginning or the middle of the season.

Oklahoma has won eight straight games since losing to Iowa State, including a decisive victory over TCU in the Big 12 title game.

Both teams will be making their second appearances in the Rose Bowl.

Gus Malzahn's Tigers jumped out to a 7-0 lead, but the Dawgs turned it on after that and came away with a convincing 28-7 triumph. Even Oklahoma was scoreless in the second half of its 38-20 home win over TCU three weeks ago. Ohio State didn't do enough Saturday to talk them out of it.

Meyer's team finished the season with an 11-2 record despite its tough schedule.

Bowl season is officially upon us, as the nation's top teams are figuring out their bowl assignments. They will play in the Sugar Bowl.

UCF, finishing with a final ranking of 12, is the highest of any Group of 5 team in the four years of the CFP playoff. But the Clemson-Alabama matchup in the Sugar Bowl will be great theater - and, yes, the Crimson Tide is quite capable of winning because its defense will be healthier.

Oklahoma, which ascended to No. 2 in the final College Football Playoff rankings, is heading to Pasadena, California, to face No. 3 Georgia in the Rose Bowl in a College Football Playoff semifinal on January 1.

While the college football world argued about the committee's decision on the fourth team in the playoff, nobody doubts the credentials of the two stellar programs getting together in this matchup. Without a doubt, the biggest weapon of the Sooners this season is no other than their quarterback Baker Mayfield who completed 71 percent of his passes for a whopping 4,340 yards and 41 touchdowns with only five interceptions, and added 310 yards and five touchdowns on the ground. The Bulldogs held Auburn to 259 yards and just 114 rushing yards.

18 - Linebacker Caleb Kelly's 18-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown on TCU's first possession of the game was the second OU defensive touchdown of the season. Haven't won a national title since 1980. "The most exciting thing about today is we control our destiny". Kirby Smart has turned things around in Athens in just two seasons as head coach.

The Sooners have never played the Bulldogs (12-1).