No. 2 Sooners bound for Rose Bowl, will face No. 3 Georgia
Dec 05, 2017, 01:09
That sets up a Georgia-Oklahoma matchup in the Rose Bowl in the first of the two College Football Playoff semifinals on New Year's Day.
The Crimson Tide got the nod over Ohio State and will play Clemson in the College Football Playoff on January 1 in the Sugar Bowl. And for the first time ever, Georgia will play Oklahoma. The last spot is likely to come down to Alabama or Ohio State.
Kickoff is at 9 p.m. However, those projections all assumed the Big Ten champion would be in the playoff field. The market opened this game as a pick'em, but early action saw the Tide rise to -1.5 and -2 at some books.
The Mean Green of UNT will be heading to The Big Easy for their bowl.
"I've been able to keep up with them a little bit throughout the year, and Coach Smart's done obviously a tremendous job with that group in such a short amount of time", Sooners coach Lincoln Riley said. The playoff selection committee unveils its final four and then sets the matchups for the rest of the major New Year's bowls.
Both CFP semifinals and the national championship game will be carried live by ESPN. The game will kick off at noon on ESPN2. The Wolfpack stands 16-13-1 all-time in bowl games and will take part in postseason play for the fourth straight year under fifth-year head coach Dave Doeren. "It's awesome", Bulldogs coach Kirby Smart said on the ESPN selection show. "Our players and staff are excited to face an excellent SEC opponent and look forward to the competition on New Year's Day". The Big Ten was left out of the CFP entirely.
Alabama edged out Ohio State for the final spot in the College Football Playoff field. Michigan's night game at Penn State on ABC on October 21 had the best overnight rating across all networks. Both Chubb and Michel chose to bypass the NFL for their senior seasons for a chance at winning the SEC and competing in the College Football Playoff.
Top-seeded Clemson gets the geographical advantage of playing in New Orleans, so fans of Oklahoma and Georgia will go to the West Coast and the historic Pasadena stadium to play for a spot in the national championship game. MI and SC shared one common opponent, Florida. The win resulted in a national championship for the Red and Black.
Clemson finished the regular season No. 1, followed by Oklahoma and Georgia. In 2015 prior to Muschamp's arrival, SC was 3-9 in 2015. The Crimson Tide lost 26-14 to Auburn to end the regular season, but its top win was against an LSU team outside the top 10. The game will be held Thursday, December 28 at 8:00 p.m.
Central Michigan and Wyoming rank first and second nationally in turnovers forced.
The College Football Playoff National Championship is scheduled to take place in Atlanta.
The CMU-WMU outcome had the teams going in opposite directions. No. 7 Auburn No. 3 Georgia vs.
No. 2 Oklahoma gets a bye and faces the victor of: No. 3 Georgia vs. Morris has thrown for 1,141 yards and 14 touchdowns with just two interceptions during the recent winning streak. Just don't make it too much bigger than six teams, or you risk robbing the regular season of tightrope-walking panic.
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