For the second time in three seasons, the Oklahoma Sooners are headed to the College Football Playoff.
The last time around, the Sooners were pitted against No. 1 Clemson and came up short, 31-17. In the period in between that point and now, though, Oklahoma has emerged as arguably the hottest team in the nation, winning 22 of its last 23 games, including the 2016 Sugar Bowl and the 2017 Big 12 Championship. Along with way, the Sooners have notched a perfect 4-0 ranked competition this season and dating back to its impressive finish in 2016, Oklahoma has beaten each of its last eight ranked foes by a combined total of 135 points.
On Jan 1, 2018, Oklahoma will once again square off with a ranked opponent; this time around against No. 3 Georgia with a trip to the College Football Playoff National Championship at stake.
According to SB Nation’s S&P projections, Oklahoma’s considerably impressive streak will come to an end to begin the new year with the Sooners falling just short against the Bulldogs.
No. 3 Georgia (-2) 34, No. 2 Oklahoma 32*
Given what each team has put on film throughout the 2017 season, it’s quite possible that the outcome at the Rose Bowl will be determined by a strength versus strength matchup of Oklahoma’s potent offense and Georgia’s elite defense.
Such as matchup prompted high praise from Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley, who called Georgia’s defense the best he’s seen at Oklahoma, and understandably so, as we dissected here at DieHards.
“Georgia is allowing only 13.2 points per game and 277.4 yards per game, which ranks No. 3 and No. 4 in the nation, respectively. Likewise, though, the Bulldogs will be pitted against an offense unlike any they’re accustomed to stopping in the SEC. Oklahoma currently leads the entire nation with an average of 583.3 yards per game, and the Sooners have churned out an average of 44.9 points each time out, which is good for No. 4 in the nation and 5.8 more points per game than Alabama, which leads the SEC in scoring (39.1).”
In what will be a battle of two prominent powers, recent history says don’t bet against Oklahoma.
SB Nation’s S&P Projections, however, say otherwise.
The post SB Nation’s S&P projects Oklahoma to fall to Georgia in College Football Playoff appeared first on Diehards.
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