Here are five facts to know about the Georgia-Oklahoma College Football Playoff matchup. The game will be played Jan. 1 at the Rose Bowl.
1. It’s the first time these long-term powerhouse programs have faced each other. Oklahoma began play in 1895. Georgia started in 1892.
2. Since 2004, Oklahoma is 2-3 against the SEC in bowl games. The Sooners lost to LSU and Florida in the 2004 and 2009 BCS championship games. Johnny Manziel’s Aggies gashed them 41-13 in the 2013 Cotton Bowl.
The Sooners did win their most recent matchup against the conference, defeating Alabama 45-31 in the 2014 Sugar Bowl. It was the last time the Crimson Tide didn’t participate in the BCS championship or appear in the playoff.
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3. Both teams have just one loss each. Georgia was blown out 40-17 at Auburn Nov. 11. They bounced back to defeat Auburn 28-7 on Saturday in the SEC Championship. Oklahoma was upset 38-31 by Iowa State on Oct. 7 and hasn’t lost since.
4. On the surface, the opponents are each other’s opposites. UGA is built on a rushing attack and strong defense. Oklahoma wins by spreading opponents out and attacking through the air to overcome a sub-par defense.
5. Oklahoma is making its second appearance in the College Football Playoff after losing to Clemson 37-17 in 2015. It is the only Big 12 team to have qualified. Georgia is the second SEC team to qualify (Alabama) and is making its first appearance.
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