You might already have lots of 2018 resolutions in mind, but the easiest one to keep and the one that’ll make you the happiest is your commitment to watch the College Football Playoffs on New Year’s Day!
Start the year off right by watching the Oklahoma University Sooners take on the University of Georgia Bulldogs in the Rose Bowl game. Then keep the good decision making going by watching the Clemson University Tigers take on the University of Alabama Crimson Tide in the Sugar Bowl.
The Sooners vs. the Bulldogs match-up will be a classic showdown between the Big 12 and the Southeastern Conference (SEC). This year’s Heisman winner, quarterback Baker Mayfield, is at the helm of an Oklahoma offense that has completely dominated their division. They are 12 and 1 for the season, No. 2 in the nation, and this year’s Big 12 champs. But if there’s one thing that might take the Sooners down, it’s the No. 3 ranked powerhouse Georgia defense.
Georgia’s front 7 are being led by All-American linebacker and 2017 Butkus Award winner Roquan Smith. Individually, Smith has made 113 total stops, 10.5 tackles for a loss, and 5.5 sacks. As a group, the Bulldogs are second in pass defense, third in scoring defense, fourth in total defense, and the 2017 SEC Champs. In fact, there have only been 3 times this season that they’ve allowed more than 14 points in a game!
In comparison, the Sooners defense has given up 30 points or more 5 times this season. But fortunately for OU, they have an X factor: Mayfield has currently completed 71 percent of his passes for 4,340 yards, 46 total touchdowns, and only 5 interceptions. Although they’re not impressive on the defensive side of the ball, their D-line has been decent enough to maintain leads and most importantly win games.
The second match-up in the day’s doubleheader, No.1 ranked Clemson vs. the nation’s No. 4 team, Alabama, is a rare sports match trilogy. That’s right, this will be the third year in a row that the 2 teams face off in a CFB bowl game. This time they’ll be playing each other in the semi-finals instead of the national title game, but regardless of the name of the game, there is still a lot at stake for both teams.
In a surprising turn of events, historically dominant Alabama is this year’s underdog. After losing last year’s national title game to Clemson, a weak game against Mississippi, a recent lost to Auburn, and their inability to win this year’s SEC title, the Crimson Tide have a lot of people doubting them. There are even some who say that they don’t deserve to be in this year’s CFB playoffs.
For the Tigers, things are completely the opposite. With the win in last year’s title game as fuel, this season has become another strong showing from them. Despite some early concerns about their current roster, they’ve done well against tough competition and they’re the current Atlantic Coast Conference champions.
The Bulldogs will be bringing the bite to match their bark, and the Boomer Sooners are hoping to make some noise. Alabama is planning to roll on to victory, while the Tigers are on the hunt for another championship. In the end there can only be one winner from each match-up… So make your pick and tune in to the College Football Playoff Semifinals to see who advances to the national title game!