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No. 2 Oklahoma To Face No. 3 Georgia In CFB Playoff Semifinal

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Ohio State Buckeyes players celebrate as coach Urban Meyer holds up the trophy after defeating the Wisconsin Badgers in the Big Ten championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium

This will be Oklahoma's second appearance in the College Football Playoff in the past three years. This will be the first-ever meeting between the programs.

Alabama, 11-1, earned the final College Football Playoff spot despite losing to Auburn on November 25, and were unable to qualify for the SEC Championship.

Three years ago, the Big 12 was left out of the inaugural College Football Playoff when it was determined by the selection committee that the conference's co-champions, Baylor and TCU, were not worthy of one of the four playoff spots. It was Oklahoma's only setback, after all. We are running out of space for TCU very quickly, and I am just now getting to No. 9 Penn State that was already sitting in front of TCU before the weekend started.

It's hard to overstate how good Baker Mayfield has been this season.

Mayfield also ranks second in passing touchdowns (41), fourth in total offense per game (357.7) and fourth in passing yards per game (333.8). He also has added 310 yards and five scores on the ground.

Central Florida stands on the edge of history with the chance to record a 13-0 season if the Knights can knock-off the Auburn Tigers.

The playmaking signal-caller hogs most of the headlines - and deservedly so. The first two touchdowns were to tight end Mark Andrews. They field the nation's fourth-best defence, giving up just 270.9 yards per play.

"I couldn't be more excited for our team and especially our seniors with the selection of our team to participate in the College Football Playoff", said UGA head coach Kirby Smart.

The UCF Knights won't be in the College Football Playoff, which is a shame since they played arguably the season's two most entertaining games in back-to-back weeks.

Oklahoma has won its past four matchups versus SEC teams, a streak Georgia will look to snap. When Bob Stoops abruptly retired in June, Riley was promoted from offensive coordinator to the top job.

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. That feat has been accomplished only twice since the inception of the Associated Press poll in 1936 - by Michigan's Bennie Oosterbaan (1948) and Miami's Larry Coker (2001).

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