Georgia’s path to its first college football national championship in thirty-seven years is now clearer. Kirby Smart’s Bulldogs will face Lincoln Riley’s Oklahoma Sooners in the Granddaddy of Them All on New Year’s Day 2018.
Oklahoma, 12-1 and champions of the Big XII, are coming off a 41-17 victory over TCU in their conference title game. The Sooners are of course led by Heisman Trophy front runner Baker Mayfield and a high-powered offense. Their lone stumble this season was a 38-31 October defeat at the hands of an upstart Iowa State team.
The matchup of this Sooner scoring machine and Georgia’s stingy defense should be one of the more anticipated contests of the bowl season.
The game marks the first contest between these two storied programs, and returns Georgia to the Rose Bowl for the first time since beating UCLA there in 1943. We’ll obviously be back with more on this match up in the coming days. For now I will say only that I think it is about as good a matchup as Georgia could expect, and about as exciting a pairing as the committee could have created. Until later…