When the Rose Bowl last hosted a College Football Playoff semifinal, the match was able to keep some portion of its tradition. A stellar Marcus Mariota-led Oregon team earned the No. 2 seed after the 2014 season and ensured that a Pac-12 representative would play in Pasadena, just instead of their customary Big Ten opponent the Ducks faced (and conquer) unbeaten Florida State. For the first time since the conclusion of the 2001 season (when Miami pounded Nebraska to the national title), both the Pac-12 along with also the Big Ten will watch the Rose Bowl from house, since Oklahoma and Georgia procured the committee’s No. 2 and 3 positions, respectively, and have been sent west after top-seeded Clemson was given geographical preference and assigned the Sugar Bowl against Alabama. With just under a month until kickoff, consider this your first look.
HOW BOTH TEAMS GOT HERE
Oklahoma: Simple: Nurture a quarterback to a favorite over four decades, surrounding him with an endless supply of weapons that are blue-chip along with a young, fearless coach who wants him to make it all hum. So perhaps the process is simpler said than done, but after two seasons of spirited contention, the duo of quarterback Baker Mayfield and offensive coordinator turned head trainer Lincoln Riley awakened Big 12 defenses in the helm of the country’s fourth-highest grading attack, putting up 44.9 points per game. Ohio State in Week two stunned to dispel their preseason doubters brought them all back with a shootout loss. When a wall was hit by contenders in conferences in November, Oklahoma retained improving, cruising to wins in their final six games. Mayfield threw 18 touchdowns and just two interceptions in November.
Georgia: Simple: Hire a Nick Saban helper away from Alabama about the religion that he’s among the few coaches with the leadership abilities to operate the system out of Tuscaloosa of Saban, and then find yourself right in two decades. Kirby Smart has become the most out of the Bulldogs’ experienced front seven and gained Sony Michel and Nick Chubb to create a 12–1 campaign in Year Two. After starting quarterback Jacob Eason went down with a knee injury the reins were taken by true freshman Jake Fromm and piloted the crime to a nip-and-tuck road win over emphatic Ws and Notre Dame within the Bulldogs ‘SEC East contest. Rose Bowl Georgia topped the initial playoff positions but was immediately humbled by Auburn, only to acquire acceptable revenge last weekend with the SEC title online in Atlanta.
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The best offensive player in the united states (Mayfield) from the best defensive player in the united kingdom (Bulldogs linebacker Roquan Smith). Mayfield likely will soon be riding post-Heisman hype and a wave of takes on his hyper-competitive, ” line-toeing personality; Smith already gets the Butkus Award, awarded to the nation’s top linebacker, and could bring home the Nagurski and/or Bednarik (each given to the nation’s top general shield) soon. Linebackers have the sideline-to-sideline rate to offer Mayfield something since he moves on the pocket along with darts across the area to think about, however, Smith has it.
MATCHUP TO WATCH
Lorenzo Carter vs. Orlando Brown. Carter is next only to Smith one of Georgia defenders using 4.0 sacks, Rose Bowl also he has 1 / 2 of a imposing old outside linebacker tandem with Davin Bellamy who may make an effort to prevent Mayfield from becoming comfortable. But there exists reasons Mayfield happened to Twitter to state his frustration that his O-line was snubbed to its Joe Moore Award, given for the lineup in the nation. The Sooners have a seasoned, imposing front five, anchored by their own hulking red shirt junior left tackle Brown, that stands 6′ 8″ and can be recorded at 345 lbs. Later they square off at Pasadena Brown and Carter will observe each other.
Georgia’s defensive backs. Unusual may be your team who has enough period for you to let down field passing performs grow in opposition to Georgia’s protection, which ranks 2nd nationwide powering Alabama with only 5.58 meters allowed a pass effort. However, the Drew Lock of Missouri demonstrated that plays is still there to the athlete about the end of the toss along with the carrying with time, without a stringing over the day program was nearer from exactly what Georgia can find in Mayfield. The enjoys of J.R. Reed, Dominick Sanders and also Deandre Baker is going to be analyzed; is they maintain around to 3 quarters?
It is difficult to really go only days away from winning the Heisman Trophy, with little to different the launch kick and both group. In case the protection of Oklahoma could find a big play or 2, then the pressure can mount onto the Georgia offense along with Fromm to find points out of nearly every drive, putting the Sooners.