Published: Tue, December 05, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Georgia earns first College Football Playoff bid

Georgia earns first College Football Playoff bid

The highest ranked Pac-12 team was Southern California at eight.

Oklahoma and Georgia, teams that rank seventh and 11 in all-time wins, have never played in football before. And the betting market is now open at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark, with spreads on all the big bowl games. The Huskies are likely heading to the Cotton Bowl.

While one could argue USC deserves to be in the conversation, too, since they'll have an identical record to Ohio State and also be the conference champion of a Power 5 conference, the conventional wisdom is that it will be an Ohio State-Alabama decision. Alabama beat only two teams in the committee's final top 25: LSU at 17 and Mississippi State at 23.

As a unit, the Sooners are first in total offense per game (average 583 yards), third in pass offense (average 392 yards) and fourth in scoring offense (nearly 45 points per game).

A revenge win against Auburn was the flawless way for Georgia (12-1) to cap a magical regular season and earn a spot in the 104th Rose Bowl College Football Playoff semifinal game, with hopes of getting back to Mercedes-Benz Stadium for the National Championship Game.

It's only the second time the Sooners have been selected for the Rose Bowl.

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With Clemson's repeat selection, the ACC has placed a team in the College Football Playoff in each of its first four years of existence. Georgia climbed three spots after its own emphatic performance, a 28-7 win over then-No.

The Sooners, featuring Heisman Trophy favorite quarterback Baker Mayfield, won the Big 12 championship with a 41-17 rout of TCU on Saturday.

According to the College Football Playoff, compared to the BCS, the "format increases revenue for all conferences and independent institutions".

No. 1 Clemson will face No. 4 Alabama in the January 1 Sugar Bowl (7:45 p.m. central) in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Auburn was responsible for Georgia's only loss, a 40-17 defeat on November 11, but the Bulldogs avenged it in the SEC title game.

"It's great to get Georgia in the CFP, the College Football Playoffs".

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If Oklahoma's defense is vulnerable, much like it has been all season, it could make for a major advantage for Georgia. The Buckeyes, though, were drilled by Iowa by 55-24.

It landed the final spot over Big Ten champion Ohio State, which handed Wisconsin its only loss 27-21 to win the Big Ten championship.

The committee rolled with the Tide, and for the first time the playoff will include two teams from the same conference.

Smart will collect $900,000 in bonuses for Georgia's run so far: $500,000 for reaching the playoff, $250,000 for winning the SEC title and $150,000 for reaching the league title game. If it's Alabama, the Crimson Tide will be the only team in the top 4 without a conference title. The poll was released about an hour before the College Football Playoff pairings were being revealed. The 10th-ranked Knights are the last unbeaten team in the Football Bowl Subdivision and matched their best ranking ever. Here's a quick look at some of the opening college football bowl odds and where they've moved. Kickoff is at 4:10 p.m. CT.

What should I know about the two teams in the Rose Bowl semifinal?

Three of the top four picks are no-brainers: Clemson, Oklahoma and Georgia.

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