Georgia earned a spot with its first SEC title since 2005 under second-year coach Kirby Smart, capped by a 28-7 victory over Auburn in the conference championship game on Saturday. With AP Photos.Oklahoma and Georgia are headed West to play their College Football Playoff semifinal in the 104th Rose Bowl.
The Rose Bowl will be the ultimate contrast in styles. Georgia is scheduled to play a game there in 2025 against UCLA.
Defending national champion Clemson was first in the final CFP rankings, followed by Oklahoma, Georgia and Alabama. Georgia is making its 21st consecutive bowl appearance, which ranks as the third longest active streak in the country.
This will mark the first ever matchup between Georgia and Oklahoma.
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. While the college football world argued about the committee's decision on the fourth team in the playoff, nobody doubts the credentials of the two programs getting together for the first time in the Granddaddy of Them All.
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On the side of the tournament, No. 1 Clemson will play against No. 4 Alabama, leaving Ohio State falling short at No. 5. 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.
Ohio State won the Big Ten and had three victories over teams (Wisconsin, Penn State and Michigan State) ranked higher in the playoff standings than No. 17 LSU, the top team to lose to Alabama. It was Oklahoma's only setback, after all. The 41 points are the most TCU has allowed this season. That gives that team a date with Clemson in the Sugar Bowl.
And here are 5 things to know about the Sooners.. And we're not talking about the 2017 campaign alone: Dating back to last season, the Sooners have won 18 of their past 19, with that sole loss coming in that shocking home defeat to the Cylcones in October. A senior, he leads the nation in a plethora of passing categories, including completion percentage (.710), passing efficiency rating (203.8, on pace to break his own FBS single-season record set in 2016), yards per pass attempt (11.8), yards per completion (16.6) and pass of plays of 20-plus yards (75).
A week before the Heisman Trophy victor will be named, Mayfield finished 15-of-23 passing for 243 yards and take game MVP honors. Mayfield has thrown for 4,340 yards, 41 touchdowns and five interceptions.
18 - Linebacker Caleb Kelly's 18-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown on TCU's first possession of the game was the second OU defensive touchdown of the season.