Georgia enters the game with a 12-1 record and avenged its only loss by beating Auburn in the SEC Championship game. Oklahoma also went 12-1 and beat TCU in the Big 12 championship game.
Georgia-Oklahoma football: Time for the 2018 College Football Playoff game
The 2018 College Football Playoff semifinal between Georgia and Oklahoma will start at 5 PM ET. The game will be played at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Cali. This is the first time Georgia has played in a Rose Bowl since 1943.
Georgia-Oklahoma football: TV Channel for the 2018 College Football Playoff
The 2018 College Football Playoff game between Georgia and Oklahoma will be broadcast on ESPN.
Georgia-Oklahoma football: Live stream for the 2018 College Football Playoff
The 2018 College Football Playoff game between Georgia and Oklahoma can be live streamed on the WatchESPN app, provided you have a subscription
Georgia-Oklahoma football: Preview for the 2018 College Football Playoff
Oklahoma will be the best offense Georgia has faced this year by a healthy margin. The Sooners lead the nation in total offense as they average over 580 yards a game and rank No. 4 in scoring offense in the country. The Sooners’ offense is led by quarterback Baker Mayfield, who won the Heisman Trophy this year in a landslide.
Mayfield threw for 4,330 yards and 41 touchdowns to just 5 interceptions. His top targets include tight end Mark Andrews, who hauled in a team-high 8 touchdowns and 58 receptions. Oklahoma is led on the ground by the tandem of Rodney Anderson and Trey Sermon, as the duo combined for 1,670 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns. Sermon is a Georgia native.
Oklahoma’s defense isn’t nearly as strong as its offense, but it did make strides over the second half of the season. And Oklahoma boasts an impressive pass rusher in Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, who led the Sooners with 8.0 sacks.
Oklahoma does have experience in the College Football Playoff, as the Sooners played in the College Football Playoff two years ago, The Sooners lost to Clemson 37-17.
Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm will attempt to be the first true freshman quarterback to win a national championship since Jamelle Holieway did it with the Oklahoma Sooners in 1985. One of the key matchups to watch in the game will be how Roquan Smith plays. The Georgia linebacker and Butkus award winner will have to both cover Andrews while also keeping an eye on Mayfield. The Oklahoma quarterback has shown that he is a capable runner.
The winner of this game will take on the winner of the Clemson-Alabama game. Those two teams meet in the Sugar Bowl, which will start after the Rose Bowl.