The College Football Playoff are finally here with the 2018 Rose Bowl kicking off the national semifinals as a busy New Year’s Day rolls on. The first semifinal matchup promises to be a great one, with the No. 3 Georgia Bulldogs going head-to-head with the No. 2 Oklahoma Sooners in Pasadena.
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No. 3 Georgia Bulldogs
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Georgia suffered a minor setback in the final quarter of the season when they were blown out by the Auburn Tigers. However, Kirby Smart’s team showed resilience and was able to win out and earn a rematch with Auburn in the SEC Championship.
Now, they’ll be looking to continue their impressive 2017 campaign when they roll into Pasadena to take on No. 2 Oklahoma in the Rose Bowl.
Georgia comes into the game with a strong rushing attack led by Nick Chubb’s 1,175 yards and 13 touchdowns, while also boasting the nation’s No. 4 defense in Points Against (13.2). They will need the defense to step up again in a big way to slow down Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield and the Sooners offense.
If the Bulldogs are able to go all the way, quarterback Jake Fromm will make history as only the second ever true freshman quarterback to lead his team to a national championship.
No. 2 Oklahoma Sooners
Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield will be looking to lead the team to glory and cap off an incredible college career with one final run in the College Football Playoff.
During his 2017 Heisman run, Mayfield lit up opposing defenses with 4,340 yards through the air and 41 touchdowns. He will need to find that same success in the Rose Bowl to lead the Sooners past Georgia and the Bulldogs’ stout defense.
Oklahoma boasts the nation’s No. 3 passing attack with 367.4 yards per game while ranking No. 4 in the nation in Points Per Game (44.9). There is no doubting the Sooners offense, but if the defense does not step up and come to play, they could watch their national title hopes come crashing down.