Oklahoma's offense will get test from Georgia's defense in Rose Bowl

Annette Crawford
December 8, 2017

Because the Washington Huskies finished No. 11 in the CFP rankings, thus securing a bid to a New Year's Six Bowl, WSU (9-3) could've potentially landed in the Alamo Bowl (Dec. 28 in San Antonio), though college football insider Brett McMurphy reports that the game will pit Stanford against TCU.

The idea of a playoff is correct.

Extending to the CFP field to either six or eight teams would result in more meaningful, intriguing games, something that no one should be opposed to.

Harbaugh's always been a fan of the way the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) handles its postseason system.

No matter what occurs, take some time to relax after finals and enjoy one of the best times of the year to be a college football fan.

What about Alabama, the team that edged out the Buckeyes for a playoff spot?

"They looked focused", said Thomas on Monday as he watched a replay of the ACC title game.

Another common thread for these programs: They've both received pep talks from legendary coach Bob Stoops. But four teams isn't enough anymore. There's people on the committee that don't even have remote associations with football ... other than being a fan. Georgia is the best defense that Oklahoma will face this season. That's not a playoff.

On the topic of conference championships, let's be real - they don't carry much weight anymore, at least to the playoff committee.

Harbaugh's not necessarily against a committee or some sort of selection organization, but he does believe the situation needs to be expanded.

Controversy was once again prevalent as the playoff committee revealed their top four teams after a raucous weekend of conference championships that knocked two of the top-four teams, Auburn University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, out of the running for the playoffs.

Clemson, Oklahoma and Alabama are all making repeat appearances in the field. But with Ohio State beating previously unbeaten Wisconsin on Saturday, in the Big Ten Championship, the battle for the fourth and final spot brought angst. Darnold, Russell (a wide receiver), Sears (backup quarterback) and the Pac-12 champion Trojans are winners of their last five.

Harbaugh's touched on the idea of expansion throughout his three-year tenure at MI, as he looks at other major sports and sees a larger postseason field to determine a true champion.

This game will be an interesting test for both teams, as Mayfield's high-octane offense will have to face off against a Georgia defense that has allowed just 13.2 points per game (third in the nation) and just 158.3 passing yards per game (second in the nation).

Keep the idea. Just add to it.

"I think it's the ideal way to do it".

Joked Riley of Stoops' talk to Georgia: "Hopefully he didn't give them too many of our secrets". Not for a four-team playoff, an eight-team playoff or any type of playoff. "We believe we got it right this week". Clemson, Oklahoma, Georgia and Alabama each lost only one game this season and combined to go 16-2 against ranked opponents. "We need to be better".

"I was kind of hoping we had those good wins".

Also, while the SEC has dominated college football for most of the last decade, that's not really the case this year. Comparing the quality of their schedules and how they fared is all we can go off of.

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