When: Jan. 1, 2018 / 5:00 pm ET / ESPN
Where: Rose Bowl - Pasadena, CA
Who: Oklahoma Sooners vs. Georgia Bulldogs
The first national semifinal marks the second time since 1920 that there isn't a Pac-12 team or a Big Ten team playing in the "Granddaddy of Them All." In fact, both the Pac-12 and the Big Ten were left out of the College Football Playoff entirely, leaving the SEC to have two schools in the "Final Four". The 2018 edition of the game is actually being played on Monday, January 1, 2018 at the Rose Bowl Stadium.
Georgia, the conference champion, is entering the Rose Bowl as a very slight favorite over the Big XII champion Sooners.
There's no doubt that the Bulldogs are bringing an elite defense with them to Pasadena. Kirby Smart has done a remarkable job on this side of the ball, leading Georgia to top-5 marks in total defense, pass defense and scoring defense. Holding an Auburn team that dropped 40 against the Dawgs just a few short weeks ago to seven in the SEC Championship Game was a true sign of force, and Oklahoma should be very worried.
The Sooners are back in the CFP for the second time in three seasons. They were beaten down by Clemson two years ago in the Orange Bowl, but now, they're back with vengeance.
The Heisman Trophy is coming to Pasadena, too. Baker Mayfield will be given the honor of the top player in the country before taking on the Dawgs, and that's a good sign if history repeats itself. Both Marcus Mariota in 2014 and Derrick Henry in 2015 led their teams to national semifinal wins the years they won the Heisman Trophy, and Mayfield is looking to continue his collegiate career for one more game by downing the Bulldogs.
Opening Line: Georgia -1
Preview: The first ticket to the CFP National Championship Game will be punched in Pasadena on New Year's Day. The SEC champion Georgia Bulldogs and Big XII champion Oklahoma Sooners will square off in the first national semifinal in a game that will keep bettors on edge from the opening kickoff through the final whistle. Continue...
The two teams to emerge from the semifinals will advance to the 2018 CFP National Championship game held at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta on Monday, Jan. 8, 2018.
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With a history dating back all the way to 1902, the Rose Bowl truly is “The Granddaddy of Them All.” The game traditionally matches up one of the top teams from the Big Ten Conference with a peer from the Pac-12 Conference.
Starting in 2014/15, the new CFP system will have a rotation among six bowl games that are able to host the semifinals.
The Rose Bowl, formally Pasadena Tournament of Roses is the oldest college football bowl game in American history. In 1897, the city of Pasadena purchased ten acres of land located in the Arroyo Seco area of Pasadena, CA. This site turned out to be exactly what the Tournament of Roses Association needed.
In 1921, it was decided that building should commence, and the structure was built with the south end open, giving the stadium a "horseshoe" shape.
The design of the stadium was intended to accommodate as many patrons as possible, sitting close to the action. The first portion of the stadium was completed for less money than had been budgeted, and the seating capacity at the time was 57,000.
The Tournament financed the project by offering ten-year subscription tickets for $100 each. Once it was completed, it was deeded to the city of Pasadena.
Local newspaper reporter Harlan "Dusty" Hall, who also served as the Tournament's press agent, came up with the name "Rose Bowl" for the stadium, and on January 1, 1923, the Tournament held its first football game there.
The Rose Bowl, known as The Granddaddy of All Bowl Games, has been one of football top sports betting events since 1947. That year's contest was the first game played under the Tournament's exclusive agreement with the Big Ten and Pacific Coast Conferences. (The Pacific Coast Conference's name was changed to Pacific-8 in 1968, and to Pacific-l0 in 1978.)
The 1998 Rose Bowl Game was the 52nd anniversary of that agreement, the longest standing tradition of any collegiate conference and a bowl association.
For many years the game was televised by NBC; since 1988 it has aired on ABC. In 1998, the game began being known as The Rose Bowl Game presented by AT&T and in 2002 as The Rose Bowl Game presented by PlayStation 2.
Since 2005, when the agreement with Sony expired, the BCS Rose Bowl game has been Presented by Vizio.
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Michigan State defeated Stanford 24-20 in a grueling, grinding, defense-heavy Rose Bowl Wednesday night in Pasadena. The Spartans (13-1) take home their first Rose Bowl victory since 1988 and the Big Ten's first win in the league's top game since 2010. Stanford (11-3) suffers its first bowl loss since the 2011 Fiesta Bowl.
|BOWL||DATE||TIME / TV||LOCATION||MATCHUP|
|CELEBRATION BOWL||Dec. 16, 2017||12 p.m. ET on ABC||Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia||North Carolina A&T vs Grambling State|
|NEW ORLEANS BOWL||Dec. 16, 2017||1 p.m. ET on ESPN||Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana||Troy vs North Texas|
|CURE BOWL||Dec. 16, 2017||2:30 p.m. ET on CBS||Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida||Georgia State vs Western Kentucky|
|LAS VEGAS BOWL||Dec. 16, 2017||3:30 p.m. ET on ABC||Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, Nevada||Oregon vs No. 25 Boise State|
|NEW MEXICO BOWL||Dec. 16, 2017||4:30 p.m. ET on ESPN||Dreamstyle Stadium, Albuquerque, NM||Marshall vs Colorado State|
|CAMELLIA BOWL||Dec. 16, 2017||8 p.m. ET on ESPN||Cramton Bowl, Montgomery, Alabama||Middle Tennessee vs Arkansas State|
|BOCA RATON BOWL||Dec. 19, 2017||7 p.m. ET on ESPN||FAU Stadium, Boca Raton, Florida||Akron vs Florida Atlantic|
|FRISCO BOWL||Dec. 20, 2017||8 p.m. ET on ESPN||Toyota Stadium, Frisco, Texas||SMU vs Louisiana Tech|
|GASPARILLA BOWL||Dec. 21, 2017||8 p.m. ET on ESPN||Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida||Temple vs Florida International|
|BAHAMAS BOWL||Dec. 22, 2017||12:30 p.m. ET on ESPN||Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium, Nassau, Bahamas||UAB vs Ohio|
|FAMOUS IDAHO POTATO BOWL||Dec. 22, 2017||4 p.m. ET on ESPN||Lyle Smith Field at Albertsons Stadium, Boise, Idaho||Wyoming vs Central Michigan|
|BIRMINGHAM BOWL||Dec. 23, 2017||12 p.m. ET on ESPN||Legion Field, Birmingham, Alabama||Texas Tech vs South Florida|
|ARMED FORCES BOWL||Dec. 23, 2017||3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN||Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, Texas||Army vs San Diego State|
|DOLLAR GENERAL BOWL||Dec. 23, 2017||7 p.m. ET on ESPN||Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, Alabama||Appalachian State vs Toledo|
|HAWAI'I BOWL||Dec. 24, 2017||8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN||Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawai'i||Fresno State vs Houston|
|HEART OF DALLAS BOWL||Dec. 26, 2017||1:20 p.m. ET on ESPN||Cotton Bowl, Dallas, Texas||Utah vs West Virginia|
|QUICK LANE BOWL||Dec. 26, 2017||5:15 p.m. ET on ESPN||Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan||Duke vs Northern Illinois|
|CACTUS BOWL||Dec. 26, 2017||10 p.m. ET on ESPN||Chase Field, Phoenix, Arizona||Kansas State vs UCLA|
|INDEPENDENCE BOWL||Dec. 27, 2017||1:30 p.m. ET on ESPN||Independence Stadium, Shreveport, Louisiana||Florida State vs Southern Miss|
|PINSTRIPE BOWL||Dec. 27, 2017||5:15 p.m. ET on ESPN||Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York||Boston College vs Iowa|
|FOSTER FARMS BOWL||Dec. 27, 2017||8:30 p.m. ET on FOX||Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, California||Arizona vs Purdue|
|TEXAS BOWL||Dec. 27, 2017||9 p.m. ET on ESPN||NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas||Texas vs Missouri|
|MILITARY BOWL||Dec. 28, 2017||1:30 p.m. ET on ESPN||Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, Maryland||Virginia vs Navy|
|CAMPING WORLD BOWL||Dec. 28, 2017||5:15 p.m. ET on ESPN||Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida||Oklahoma State vs Virginia Tech|
|ALAMO BOWL||Dec. 28, 2017||9 p.m. ET on ESPN||Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas||Stanford vs TCU|
|HOLIDAY BOWL||Dec. 28, 2017||9 p.m. ET on FOX||Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California||Michigan State vs Washington State|
|BELK BOWL||Dec. 29, 2017||1 p.m. ET on ESPN||Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina||Wake Forest vs Texas A&M|
|SUN BOWL||Dec. 29, 2017||2 p.m. ET on CBS||Sun Bowl, El Paso, Texas||NC State vs Arizona State|
|MUSIC CITY BOWL||Dec. 29, 2017||4:30 p.m. ET on ESPN||Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee||Kentucky vs Northwestern|
|ARIZONA BOWL||Dec. 29, 2017||5:30 p.m. ET on CBS||Arizona Stadium, Tucson, Arizona||Utah State vs New Mexico State|
|COTTON BOWL CLASSIC||Dec. 29, 2017||8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN||AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas||USC vs Ohio State|
|TAXSLAYER BOWL||Dec. 30, 2017||12 p.m. ET||EverBank Field, Jacksonville, Florida||Louisville vs Mississippi State|
|LIBERTY BOWL||Dec. 30, 2017||12:30 p.m. ET on ABC||Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, Memphis, Tennessee||Iowa State vs Memphis|
|FIESTA BOWL||Dec. 30, 2017||4 p.m. ET on ESPN||University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona||Washington vs Penn State|
|ORANGE BOWL||Dec. 30, 2017||8 p.m. ET on ESPN||Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida||Wisconsin vs Miami|
|OUTBACK BOWL||Jan. 1, 2018||12 p.m. ET on ESPN2||Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida||Michigan vs South Carolina|
|PEACH BOWL||Jan. 1, 2018||12:30 p.m. ET on ESPN||Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia||Auburn vs UCF|
|CITRUS BOWL||Jan. 1, 2018||1 p.m. ET on ABC||Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida||Notre Dame vs LSU|
|ROSE BOWL (CFP SEMIFINAL)||Jan. 1, 2018||5 p.m. ET on ESPN||Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California||No. 2 Oklahoma vs No. 3 Georgia|
|SUGAR BOWL (CFP SEMIFINAL)||Jan. 1, 2018||8:45 p.m. ET on ESPN||Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana||No. 1 Clemson vs No. 4 Alabama|
|NCAA FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP||Jan. 8, 2018||8 p.m. ET on ESPN||Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia||TBD vs TBD|
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