Rose Bowl powerhouse matchup announced: Oklahoma vs. Georgia New Year's Day 2018

Getty Images

Getty Images

And with the arrival of the most wonderful time of the year comes one final set of bowl projections.

Oklahoma will face No. 3 Georgia in the CFB Playoff semifinal at the Rose Bowl on News Years Day at 4 p.m. central.

The projections will be accompanied by breakdowns of a few teams that appear bound for big things in bowl season following strong showings on Friday and Saturday.

This will be the Bulldogs' 53rd bowl and they are 30-19-3 in previous appearances. The Bulldogs defeated UCLA, 9-0, in the 1943 Rose Bowl, scoring all their points in the fourth quarter.

Partly cloudy skies, temps above normal this weekend
Skies should brighten heading into the afternoon, though, with temperatures rising into the mid-to-upper 50s. High pressure built into the East Coast on Friday and that provided plenty of sunshine for the viewing area.

The Sooners roster includes one player from Los Angeles County: redshirt sophomore third-string nose guard Dillon Faamatau, an alumnus of Norwalk High School and Cerritos College.

"The Peach Bowl-UCF's likely destination-isn't an terrible consolation prize, however", CBSSports.com's Tom Fornelli noted. Just don't make it too much bigger than six teams, or you risk robbing the regular season of tightrope-walking panic.

On Saturday, Georgia punched its ticket to the fourth-ever College Football Playoff by defeating Auburn 28-7 in the SEC Championship. Even Oklahoma was scoreless in the second half of its 38-20 home win over TCU three weeks ago.

All that's left to debate is what their seeding will look like.

How to Watch Oklahoma vs. TCU
Devin Singletary had 26 carries for 164 yards and three touchdowns for the Owls, who extended their unbeaten streak to nine games. Hill and the Horned Frogs had been game in the first half, but couldn't keep up after facing a 21-point, second-half deficit.

In Georgia's only previous appearance in the Rose Bowl Game, the Bulldogs defeated UCLA, 9-0, on January 1, 1943. Clemson was the No. 1 team that season, as they are this year.

Either way, the battle-tested Sooners are looking like they could be the toughest out in this year's CFP field.

The last time Oklahoma played in the Rose Bowl, against Washington State in the 2002 postseason, the Crimson and Cream rolled to 38-17 victory, and quarterback Nate Hybl was named the Most Outstanding Player in the game. Only Alabama (67 including this season), Texas (54) and Southern California (54) have been to more bowl games, and Georgia stands level with Nebraska.

So how about a rematch? They'll probably take a deeper hit than No. 12 Stanford, who lost to No. 10 USC by three in the Pac-12 championship game.

'Jak and Daxter PS2 Classics' (PS4) Launches Next Week - Screens & Trailer
Well, you're in luck, because Sony has announced when they're bringing the rest of the Jak and Daxter series to PS4 . The games will carry a price tag of $14.99, similar to Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy .

The other semifinal will pit No. 1 Clemson, the ACC champion, against No. 4 Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, also on New Year's Day.

Recommended News

  • US pulls out of UN's migration pact

    US pulls out of UN's migration pact

    He added that the United States "has the experience and expertise to help ensure that this process leads to a successful outcome". Ambassador Nikki Haley said the US will continue in its "generosity" by supporting migrants and refugees around the world.
    Shafik Returns to Cairo from Abu Dhabi on Board Private Jet

    Shafik Returns to Cairo from Abu Dhabi on Board Private Jet

    A prominent military commander, he was appointed commander of the air force in 1996 and later minister of aviation in 2002. In the most recent statement, she detailed the circumstances that preceded his arrival to Cairo .
    Russian Federation  calls United States  threat to destroy North Korea a 'bloodthirsty tirade'

    Russian Federation calls United States threat to destroy North Korea a 'bloodthirsty tirade'

    The North Koreans want recognition above all else. "We have already said many times that sanctions pressure has exhausted itself". It recently contended nuclear weapons are necessary to ward off "repressive US imperialism".
  • I have seen unprecedented support for BJP in Gujarat: PM Modi

    I have seen unprecedented support for BJP in Gujarat: PM Modi

    I want to tell this youngster Shehzad- you have done a fearless thing, but this is sadly what has always happened in the Congress. He will address four more rallies on Monday at Dharampur in Valsad, Bhavnagar, Junagadh and Jamnagar in Saurashtra.
    One killed, five hurt by auto  in brawl outside NY  bar

    One killed, five hurt by auto in brawl outside NY bar

    Officers initially had responded to a 911 call when two individuals stabbed each other at the lounge in Queens at around 4:30 a.m. One person was killed, and five others injured, one of them critically. "I just saw a couple of kids, just fighting", she said.
    States' views sought on triple talaq law

    States' views sought on triple talaq law

    There have been 177 reported cases of instant talaq before the judgement and 66 after the order this year. But going by the recommendations of the Sarkaria Commission, the government chose to consult states.
  • US Defence Secretary Mattis to visit Pakistan on Monday

    US Defence Secretary Mattis to visit Pakistan on Monday

    The Trump Administration had said his release belies Pakistan's claim that it is not a sanctuary for terrorists. Defense Secretary James Mattis visits Egypt as he kicks off his five day trip to the Middle East.
    SNL's Hillary Returns: 'Lock Him Up!'

    SNL's Hillary Returns: 'Lock Him Up!'

    Then, the "ghost" of " Vladimir Putin " (Beck Bennett) appears, and finally, the flawless "ghost" comes to say "Lock him up!" But the last spirit, " SNL's " Flynn says, is "the scariest one" of all.
    Rickie Fowler looking for 59 in final round

    Rickie Fowler looking for 59 in final round

    A troublesome start dominated by bogeys proved costly for Tiger Woods as he struggled to a three-over par 75 in the third round of the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas on Saturday.
  • Three takeaways from No. 14 UCF's win over No. 20 Memphis

    Three takeaways from No. 14 UCF's win over No. 20 Memphis

    The Knights, meanwhile, are still unbeaten on the season but they've actually been out-gained in two of their last three wins. Troy Walters will be the Knights' interim coach, but the Knights and Cornhuskers agreed to let Frost coach the Peach Bowl.
    McD manager gets $110000 for tip on serial killer

    McD manager gets $110000 for tip on serial killer

    Later that evening, Casimar Naiboa, father of victim Anthony Naiboa, said he and his family finally got a chance to meet Walker. Hoffas mother, Olga Lavandeira, communicated through sign language that she was happy Walker stepped forward.
    Elon Musk said when they will launch super-heavy rockets

    Elon Musk said when they will launch super-heavy rockets

    The rocket was originally supposed to take flight back in 2013 or 2014 , but its maiden flight is now pegged for January 2018. Let me give you a quick flashback, Tesla unveiled its first electric Semi Truck and Roadster fastest sports auto .

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.