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It’s Official, Oklahoma Will Play Georgia In The CFB Playoff

The Sooners are headed to Pasedena, CA, where they will face the Georgia Bulldogs.

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It’s Official, Oklahoma Will Play Georgia In The CFB Playoff

After defeating TCU yesterday to win the Big 12 Championship, the Sooners were a heavy favorite to make the College Football Playoff. Today it’s official. The rankings are out, and Oklahoma is ranked number two in the country.

The top three went pretty much as expected, but when number four was announced there was plenty of controversy to make up for it.

The Crimson Tide edged out Big Ten Champion Ohio State, despite sitting at home during conference championship weekend. The committee placed weight on the fact that Ohio State had two losses, including a 30-point loss to Iowa. And should matter. However, Ohio State not only went to their conference championship, they won. And, they have two top 10 wins over Alabama’s zero.

“Alabama was clearly the No. 4 ranked team as a non-champion,” Hocutt said during the rankings show on ESPN.

I don’t agree with that decision, I think conference championships should matter more than all else and I’ll always think that, but I don’t have a vote. For year’s we’ve heard “when will the SEC get two teams in?” The committee finally got their chance. It happened, because the narrative kept being pushed not because they were the most deserving. This has largely been considered a down year for the SEC, yet two Power 5 Champions were left out for narrative. That should concern us.

This time around, the Big 12 wasn’t the victim the of committee’s ever-changing narrative. What Ohio State’s exclusion means for the conference is that the Big 12 made the playoff in a year that both the Pac-12 and Big Ten were left out.

The Sooners, who fell behind Clemson in the final rankings, are slated to face number three Georgia in their semifinal game in the Rose Bowl. And incredibly, it will be the first ever match up between the Dawgs and the Sooners.

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