Predicting Which Teams Make the College Football Playoff on Selection Sunday

  • Predicting Which Teams Make the College Football Playoff on Selection Sunday

Predicting Which Teams Make the College Football Playoff on Selection Sunday

The UCF Knights won't be in the College Football Playoff, which is a shame since they played arguably the season's two most entertaining games in back-to-back weeks. Oklahoma defeated Washington State, 34-14, on New Year's Day 2003.

This will mark the first ever matchup between Georgia and Oklahoma.

Oklahoma: Won three straight Big 12 titles. The Sooners boast risky players at almost every skill position.

Clemson and Alabama will play in the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans on New Year's Day. Only Alabama (67 including this season), Texas (54) and Southern California (54) have been to more bowl games, and Georgia stands level with Nebraska.

The College Football Playoff selection committee had a long and busy Saturday night, but the debate that ensued hothing to do with Oklahoma's worthiness. Temple is making its third consecutive bowl appearance and will take on the FIU Golden Panthers in the Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl. Georgia, which rebounded from a regular-season loss to Auburn, is ranked No. 3. This will be the 2nd Sooners appearance in both the College Football Playoff and in the Rose Bowl. Mayfield has completed 71 percent of his passes for 4,340 yards, 41 touchdowns and five interceptions this season. He also has added 310 yards and five scores on the ground.

There is also one from Orange County, freshman second-string tight end Grant Calcaterra, a graduate of Santa Margarita Catholic High School in Rancho Santa Margarita. But the Sooners haven't had much trouble with the league in that same span, going 7-3 against SEC programs.

Oklahoma has won its past four matchups versus SEC teams, a streak Georgia will look to snap.

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.

Stoops stepped down this offseason and Lincoln Riley, offensive coordinator the previous two seasons, took over. That feat has been accomplished only twice since the inception of the Associated Press poll in 1936 - by Michigan's Bennie Oosterbaan (1948) and Miami's Larry Coker (2001).