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Oklahoma, Georgia meet for 1st time at Rose Bowl

Oklahoma, Georgia meet for 1st time at Rose Bowl

And the Bulldogs have been a familiar face in the postseason, as they are bowling for the 21st year in a row.

That will change when No. 3 Georgia takes on No. 2 Oklahoma in this year's game in Pasadena, California, which also serves as a semifinal matchup for the College Football Playoff.

When assigning teams to sites, the committee places the top two ranked teams at the most advantageous sites, weighing criteria such as convenience of travel for its fans, home-crowd advantage or disadvantage and general familiarity with the host city and its stadium. Clemson and Alabama play in the Sugar Bowl.

This would be a round-robin between Clemson, Georgia, and Oklahoma.

This year's playoff marked the first time that two teams from the same conference made the playoff. New Year's Day in a matchup of 12-1 teams.

"The Peach Bowl-UCF's likely destination-isn't an very bad consolation prize, however", CBSSports.com's Tom Fornelli noted.

Stoops was in Athens for a speaking engagement in early October and spoke to the Bulldogs, telling them "the best teams he's been a part of, they've gotten better as the season went on", kicker Rodrigo Blankenship said.

On Saturday, Georgia punched its ticket to the fourth-ever College Football Playoff by defeating Auburn 28-7 in the SEC Championship. After beating the South Carolina Gamecocks last season, South Florida will try to make it two in a row, this time facing Texas Tech out of the Big 12.

Oklahoma Sooners earn the No. 2 in the final college football playoff rankings.

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All that's left to debate is what their seeding will look like.

Both Oklahoma and Georgia are 12-1 this season.

No. 1 Clemson vs.

Either way, the battle-tested Sooners are looking like they could be the toughest out in this year's CFP field. OU beat Washington State 34-14 in the 2003 Rose Bowl.

This will be Georgia's 53rd bowl game appearance-fourth most of any team in the country.

So how about a rematch?

Oklahoma has won eight straight games since losing to Iowa State, including a decisive victory over TCU in the Big 12 title game.

The victor will play either No. 1 Clemson (12-1) or No. 4 Alabama (11-1) on January 8 in Atlanta in Mercedes-Benz Stadium in the national championship.


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