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

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Oklahoma will face No. 3 Georgia in the CFB Playoff semifinal at the Rose Bowl on News Years Day at 4 p.m. central.

Coming into Sunday, Clemson, Oklahoma and Georgia were virtual locks for the playoff after winning their respective conference title games on Saturday.

Georgia (12-1) will make its first appearance in Pasadena since 1943, when it defeated UCLA 9-0 and won the national title.

Clemson, the 12-1 defending national champion, was picked No. 1 and will take on Alabama in the Sugar Bowl on January 1.


The Sooners were installed as a 2 1/2 point favorite by Westgate Las Vegas Superbook. It's also worth noting that it didn't matter whether Oklahoma was ranked ahead of Georgia because the two are playing each other anyway - and there's no home field advantage.

Both teams have almost flawless records at 12-1.

Oklahoma is headed to the Rose Bowl. And three weeks after giving up 40 to Auburn, the Bulldogs limited the Tigers to just 259 yards of offense while forcing a pair of turnovers that both led to Georgia touchdowns.

Stoops was in Athens for a speaking engagement in early October and spoke to the Bulldogs, telling them "the best teams he's been a part of, they've gotten better as the season went on", kicker Rodrigo Blankenship said. But with Ohio State beating previously unbeaten Wisconsin on Saturday, in the Big Ten Championship, the battle for the fourth and final spot brought angst. Georgia, which rebounded from a regular-season loss to Auburn, is ranked No. 3.

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