Oklahoma and Georgia football have never faced each other on the gridiron in their storied pasts. That will change when the Sooners and Bulldogs go head-to-head in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1, 2018.
It will be one of the two College Football Playoff semifinal games. The winner will face the Alabama-Clemson winner in the national title game in Atlanta, Ga. on Jan. 8.
The Crimson Tide and Tigers, of course, may the most highly-billed of the two — given it will mark the third straight year in which the teams will faceoff in the College Football Playoff. Alabama met Clemson in each of the past two national title games.
But that doesn’t make the”Granddaddy of Them All” any less entertaining.
USA TODAY college football writer George Schroeder, on the Paul Finebaum Show, said the Rose Bowl matchup between Oklahoma and Georgia is the more intriguing of the two semifinal games.
Schroeder said the Big 12-SEC matchup will be a “battle of cultures” on the field. Oklahoma boasts one of the most lethal offenses in the nation, while Georgia prides itself on defense.
The Sooners’ offense, led by Heisman-winning quarterback Baker Mayfield, was the No. 4 scoring offense in the nation during the regular season. Oklahoma averaged 44.9 points per game.
Georgia, on the flip side, was tied with Wisconsin as the No. 3 scoring defense in the nation in the regular season. The Bulldogs allowed an average of 13.2 points per game.
Oklahoma already blew its way past an elite defense on Nov. 11 when the Sooners put up 38 points in the first half against TCU. The Horned Frogs entered that game having allowed no more than 14 points in any contest since in more than a month.
We’ll learn if Oklahoma can do it again to ring in the new year. The Rose Bowl game will kick off at its traditional 2:10 p.m. PT time and will air on ESPN.
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