Published : Monday, December 4, 2017 | 6:33 AM
Georgia will be playing Oklahoma in the Rose Bowl Game in Pasadena on New Year’s Day, The College Football Playoff committee announced Sunday.
Georgia was selected at the No. 3 seed by the committee and matched No. 2 Oklahoma for the Rose Bowl game, one of the two national semifinals.
Georgia punched its ticket to the College Football Playoff Saturday when it defeated Auburn 28-7 in the SEC Championship. The Bulldogs won despite a 40-17 defeat to the Tigers just three weeks before the rematch.
The Oklahoma Sooners jumped out to an early 17-0 lead against the Texas Christian University Horned Frogs Saturday and never looked back on their way to a 41-17 victory.
Both teams have never faced each other in football. Georgia first played football in 1892 and Oklahoma in 1895.
The other semifinal game will match No. 1 Clemson and No. 4 Alabama in the Sugar Bowl also on New Year’s Day. The semifinal winners will meet in the national championship on January 8 at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
The last time Georgia played at the Rose Bowl was 75 years ago: on January 1, 1943, when it defeated UCLA to win the national championship, in the game called “The Granddaddy of Them All.”
This is the first appearance in the playoffs for Georgia since its inception in 2014.
Oklahoma was in the semifinals two years ago, falling to Clemson in the Sugar Bowl. The Sooners have a first-year coach, Lincoln Riley, who stepped in before this season when Bob Stoops retired. But quarterback Baker Mayfield, the odds-on favorite to win this year’s Heisman trophy, remains from that 2015 playoff team.
Georgia’s best player has been linebacker Roquan Smith, who will now play in the stadium he originally committed to play in. Smith committed to UCLA on signing day 2015. But he immediately waffled, after the UCLA assistant who recruited him left for the NFL, and Smith eventually enrolled at his home-state school.
The Rose Bowl also tweeted the news early Sunday. Tickets to the Rose Bowl game which starts at about 1:30 p.m. are now on sale through www.ticketmaster.com/Rose-Bowl-Game-tickets/artist/851719.