No. 2 Oklahoma To Face No. 3 Georgia In CFB Playoff Semifinal

Ohio State Buckeyes players celebrate as coach Urban Meyer holds up the trophy after defeating the Wisconsin Badgers in the Big Ten championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium

That game was not going to be the highlight of their season.

Oklahoma will take on Georgia in the College Football Playoff. Their 11th Big 12 title overall was the first without Bob Stoops, the coach for their last national title in 2000 who resigned unexpectedly last summer.

Georgia earned a spot with its first SEC title since 2005 under Smart, its second-year coach. Oklahoma, which won the Big 12 championship game handily over TCU and opened as a three-point favorite over Georgia, is underwhelming defensively, giving up 384.8 yards per game.

It's that attitude that has helped the Sooners improve week-in and week-out.

It's conceivable the committee could have Ohio State in place of Alabama, but the Buckeyes' two losses will be hard to overlook.

"I didn't come back to win a Heisman", Mayfield said.

41 - Oklahoma's point total in its 41-17 win over TCU in the Big 12 Championship. The 2017 Bulldogs defeated second-ranked Auburn 28-7 in the SEC Championship Game in Atlanta this past Saturday.

The Georgia Bulldogs will play the Oklahoma Sooners in the Rose Bowl.

It's a game Riley has always dreamt about. I've long believed the committee was looking for any possible way to get a one-loss Alabama team in. Clemson and Alabama play in the Sugar Bowl.

Clemson was the top-ranked team in the nation coming into the conference championship weekend, and the Tigers put on an impressive show in beating Miami 38-3 to win the ACC title.

Early in the season, the Sooners struggled putting their foot on the throat of teams like Iowa State, Texas and Kansas State. That is also the number of turnovers by the Sooners in their last four games. They'll probably take a deeper hit than No. 12 Stanford, who lost to No. 10 USC by three in the Pac-12 championship game.

Slowing down Oklahoma will be much more hard, but the Bulldogs are coming off a sensational performance. The Sooners have gone from being called "pretenders" before the season to being the hottest team in college football.

When assigning teams to sites, the committee places the top two ranked teams at the most advantageous sites, weighing criteria such as convenience of travel for its fans, home-crowd advantage or disadvantage and general familiarity with the host city and its stadium.

"It's been a great thrill". I don't know if anyone's done that.

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