Georgia LB Roquan Smith delivers late in Rose Bowl comeback

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Georgia LB Roquan Smith delivers late in Rose Bowl comeback

Georgia enters the game with a 12-1 record and avenged its only loss by beating Auburn in the SEC Championship game.

The Rose Bowl, college football's first postseason game, also hosted the first-ever College Football Playoff semifinal on January 1, 2015.

Oklahoma is in the College Football Playoff for the second time in three years after losing the Orange Bowl semifinal to Clemson in 2015.

The predictions come from the SECCountry.com breaking news team.

An Oklahoma defense that surrendered at least 38 points three times in the regular season showed improvement down the stretch, particularly in holding TCU to 20 and 17 points in their two meetings.

The Sooners' spread highlights the modern move toward position-less football.

Combined with an equally multifaceted run game - featuring a trio of running backs in Rodney Anderson, Trey Sermon and Abdul Adams - Oklahoma's variety will test a Georgia defense led by All-American linebacker Roquan Smith. And Georgia has the best defense Oklahoma has seen all season. They'll have to be on top of their game to keep Mayfield from making a mess of Georgia's trip out west. The victor could be who handles the other team's strength the best: Georgia has not faced a passing attack the caliber of Oklahoma's, but the Sooners' offense has not lined up against a defense like the Bulldogs. There was a lot more on the line in this one, the first CFP game to go to overtime as well. Not this Heisman victor.

Fromm finished the first half by completing 12 of 12 passes for 109 yards and the touchdown toss to Michel. Because of that intangibles advantage and historic offensive firepower, the Sooners have a great shot to emerge victorious in the Rose Bowl.

For a second it appeared that Georgia had set itself up a chance to go for the win right there when Deandre Baker picked off Baker Mayfield, only to have the play waved off when Jonathan Ledbetter jumped offside.

But while the clash of Sooners offense and Bulldogs defense takes center stage, the opposite sides of the ball may shape Monday's contest. Chubb ran for 145 yards and two touchdowns, including a 2-yarder on a direct snap with 55 seconds left in regulation to tie it.

For the first time since the 1982 season, Georgia will play for a national title.

Then it was Mayfield's turn.

Oklahoma roared back, tying the game at 38 on a six-play, 80-yard drive with Mayfield hitting Dimitri Flowers in the back of end zone for an 11-yard scoring play.

Andrew Astleford: It all comes down to Baker Mayfield vs. Georgia's defense, which is the best matchup of the College Football Playoff. "He stretches and extends plays, extremely explosive, not afraid to make any throws". The location, Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta, gives the Georgia Bulldogs a virtual home game since the University of Georgia is a mere 70 miles away in Athens, although Alabama has a sizable fanbase in Georgia as well.

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