Published: Tue, December 05, 2017
Sports | By Spencer Underwood

No. 2 Sooners bound for Rose Bowl, will face No. 3 Georgia

No. 2 Sooners bound for Rose Bowl, will face No. 3 Georgia

"It's great to get Georgia in the CFP, the College Football Playoffs".

It landed the final spot over Big Ten champion Ohio State, which handed Wisconsin its only loss 27-21 to win the Big Ten championship.

Kickoff for the CFP semifinal game at the Rose Bowl presented by Northwestern Mutual between the third-ranked Bulldogs (12-1) and the Big 12 champion Sooners (12-1) will be at 4 p.m. ET and be televised on ESPN. It will be the 41st bowl appearance for the Hurricanes, who own a 20-20 record in their previous postseason games. This contrast of styles is going to make for impeccable viewing in the Rose Bowl as Georgia will look to control the flow of its game with its ground game all while the Sooners hope to speed the game up and force the Bulldogs into a shootout.

What should I know about the two teams in the Rose Bowl semifinal?

There are 39 games in all, and 81 teams are eligible this year. The ACC ranks second among all conferences with 116 total bowl bids since 2005. "Kind of seemed like a dream, kind of out there a little bit". The win resulted in a national championship for the Red and Black. The Bulldogs were just one spot behind the Crimson Tide in this week's rankings and should jump Alabama easily, given the fact that they claimed the SEC championship this weekend and now have a better record than Alabama.

Mayfield versus the Bulldogs' defense will be the difference maker as to which team wins and makes its long-awaited trip to downtown Atlanta for the national championship game on January 8.

After the win, Georgia head coach Kirby Smart said he wouldn't worry about where the selection committee placed his team in the field, just as long as it was in the top four. The Tigers earned the No. 2 seed last season and the No. 1 seed in 2015.

July 14, 2014 - The CFP National Championship trophy is unveiled.

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The consensus was that Georgia was still one year away from contending for National Championships.

Georgia earned the trip to the Rose Bowl with a 28-7 win over Auburn in the SEC Championship Game.

No. 24 NC State is headed to El Paso, Texas, for the Hyundai Sun Bowl at 3 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 29 (CBS).

Mannino, a AAA travel agent said Dawg fans can expect to pay the price to see their beloved Bulldogs play in California. Georgia ranks 17th in time of possession (32:00) while Oklahoma sits at 25th (31:00).

Shortly thereafter the undefeated Central Florida Knights get their shot at a big-time program when they meet the Auburn Tigers in the Peach Bowl. The Sooners have won eight consecutive games, including six straight by double digits.

January 1, 2015 - The University of OR defeats Florida State University 59-20 in the 101st Rose Bowl game in Pasadena, California. The committee releases the matchups for the inaugural playoff and for the other bowl games.

Florida State (6-6) is set for a December 27 date in the Walk-Ons Independence Bowl at Shreveport, Louisiana, at 1:30 p.m. (ESPN). 2 Auburn in the SEC title game.

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