Georgia earns first College Football Playoff bid

  • Georgia earns first College Football Playoff bid

Georgia earns first College Football Playoff bid

Ahead of the first Big 12 title game since 2010, conference partisans had spent most of the week sweating out the implications of putting the league's best team up for a rematch with a College Football Playoff bid almost in hand.

The Sooners' last Rose Bowl appearance was in 2003 when they beat Washington State 34-14. "It will be one of the best defenses we've played here in the three years that we've been here, but a challenge we're very much looking forward to". Saturday's 41-17 win over the Horned Frogs in the Big 12 title game was the latest and most emphatic sign that the Sooners' supposed Achilles' heel may not be as exposed as everyone thought: TCU was held to 317 yards, its third lowest output of the year, and were forced into two costly turnovers.

Riley is just the fifth person in FBS history with no head coaching experience to win 12 games in his first season. No. 2 Oklahoma will face No. 3 Georgia at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, and No. 1 Clemson will face No. 4 Alabama at the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans. The Sooners have gone from being called "pretenders" before the season to being the hottest team in college football.

Behind Baker Mayfield, the leading contender for the Heisman Trophy, the Sooners are headed to the College Football Playoff for the second time in three years.

Georgia: The Bulldogs have made a bowl game in 21 straight seasons, but this is their biggest stage since the Sugar Bowl on January 1, 2008.

No. 2 Oklahoma (12-1, 8-1 Big 12) vs.

Both CFP semifinals and the national championship game will be carried live by ESPN.

Georgia dropped Auburn and No. 8 Ohio State defeated No. 4 Wisconsin for the Big Ten championship, creating an argument between Ohio State and Alabama for the final vacant spot. Oklahoma and Georgia will meet in the Rose Bowl on the same day.

The committee selects teams based on conference championship wins, overall win-loss records, strength of schedule, head-to-head matchups and other criteria. Despite an arguably better season, Ohio State lost the fourth spot to Alabama and kept the Buckeyes out of contention for the National Championship title. 2 Auburn in the SEC title game. After beating Ohio State, they said that wouldn't be the highlight of their season.

After the ninth week of regular season play, the selection committee begins ranking the top 25 teams on a weekly basis.

The College Football Playoff National Championship is scheduled to take place in Atlanta. UCF finished the 2013 season 10th. The poll was released about an hour before the College Football Playoff pairings were being revealed. The ACC is one of just two conferences that has placed a team in the College Football Playoff or the BCS Championship in each of the last five years.

41 - Oklahoma's point total in its 41-17 win over TCU in the Big 12 Championship.