College Football Playoff officials announced on Sunday that No. 3 Georgia will be facing off against No. 2 Ohio State on New Year's Day. The other CFP semifinal will feature top-ranked Clemson (12-1) versus fourth-ranked Alabama (11-1) in the Sugar Bowl on January 1 in New Orleans. But they are the best team in college football offensively, piling up 44.9 points and a nation's-best 583.3 yards behind likely Heisman victor Baker Mayfield, the most dynamic quarterback in the country. Fourth-seeded Alabama didn't even win the Southeastern Conference West after losing to Auburn in the final game of the regular season, but was impressive until that loss.
The Big 12 will have quite a bowl bonanza, led by Oklahoma going to the Rose Bowl as part of the College Football Playoff.
With their record 11th Big 12 title, the Sooners (12-1, No. 3 CFP) are a lock to be in the College Football Playoff for the second time in three seasons.
Oklahoma is 8-1 in Big 12 championship games, winning seven of them between 2000 and 2010, when the Sooners beat Nebraska in the league's last championship game until Saturday. The Buckeyes dropped a 31-16 home decision to Oklahoma and a 55-24 decision at Iowa, a team that does not not have top-25 status.
The Bulldogs are the No. 3 seed and the Crimson Tide the No. 4 seed, with Clemson and Oklahoma taking the top two spots.
"I'm really proud of our group for not listening to all the noise on the outside and we've played pretty good ball here at the end", Sooners coach Lincoln Riley said. This is its first trip to the playoff since it began in the 2014 season.
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Georgia's senior class is 40-12 in their career with three bowl wins (Belk, TaxSlayer and AutoZone Liberty). Oklahoma also has wins over Texas, Oklahoma State and another win over TCU.
Ohio State has made its case with its triumph over the Badgers. The poll was released about an hour before the College Football Playoff pairings were being revealed.
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Wisconsin was No. 6, followed by Auburn, Southern California, Penn State and UCF.
College football has a different type of selection Sunday, a smaller bracket, and dozens of other games that make people argue about how much they matter.
Obviously, we will have to wait and see what the College Football Playoff Selection Committee decides. There are 39 games in all, and 81 teams are eligible this year.