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Oklahoma plays Georgia in CFP semifinal at Rose Bowl

By in Press Enterprise on December 3, 2017

By Scott Wolf

No. 2-ranked Oklahoma will play No. 3-ranked Georgia in the Rose Bowl, which serves as a College Football Playoff semifinal game on New Year’s Day.

The winner will play either No. 1-ranked Clemson or No. 4-ranked Alabama in the championship game in Jan. 8 in Atlanta.

Georgia (12-1) will make its first appearance in Pasadena since 1943, when it defeated UCLA 9-0 and won the national title. Oklahoma last played in the Rose Bowl in 2003, when it beat Washington State 34-14.

If Georgia defeats Oklahoma, the Bulldogs will have traveled farther more than either Clemson or Alabama. On the other hand, Georgia would get to play in Atlanta for the championship game.

Oklahoma will feature the Heisman Trophy favorite, quarterback Baker Mayfield, and perhaps the nation’s most explosive offense. Sooners coach Lincoln Riley, 34, guided the Sooners to a 12-1 record after replacing legendary coach Bob Stoops, who resigned in June.

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