Georgia RB Sony Michel not satisfied with Rose Bowl win

Georgia RB Sony Michel not satisfied with Rose Bowl win

After battling some flu-like symptoms and mostly keeping to himself while No. 2 Oklahoma prepared to take on No. 3 Georgia in the College Football Playoff semifinal Monday, Mayfield's entrance into one of the sport's most sacred venues was perfectly on brand.

Line: Georgia is a 1.5-favorite over Oklahoma in the 2018 College Football Playoff.

A mistake by Oklahoma (12-2) just before halftime proved costly to the Big 12 Conference champion.

Seibert kicked a 33-yarder and the Bulldogs and Sooners played on, but not for much longer.

Baker Mayfield had the ball in his hands a few times with chances to win the Rose Bowl for Oklahoma. "Kind of seemed like a dream, kind of out there a little bit".

Oklahoma's running back Rodney Anderson rushed 13 times for 125 yards and two scores, including one on a 45-yard run. He also ran for 310 yards and five scores.

Georgia earned a spot with its first SEC title since 2005 under Smart, its second-year coach. He coordinated Alabama's defense in the 2014 and 2015 seasons, the latter of which culminated in a national championship.




Oklahoma had 531 yards total offense.

Mayfield owes his gaudy statistics in part to that unique style under Riley, as well as his own playmaking ability, but the quarterback also throws to a diverse corps of pass-catchers. Mayfield's top targets are tight end Mark Andrews, the Mackey Award victor who has eight touchdown receptions, and receiver Marquise Brown, who is 19 yards shy of 1,000 for the season.

Georgia also has made one previous appearance in the Rose Bowl, beating UCLA 9-0 on January 1, 1943.

But while the clash of Sooners offense and Bulldogs defense takes center stage, the opposite sides of the ball may shape Monday's contest. The rushing duo of Nick Chubb and Sony Michel will put up points, but in the end, Oklahoma pulls out a classic victory to make the title game.

"I told him that he had to keep running and trying to hit the corner", Chubb said.

Georgia's meeting with Oklahoma is the first-ever meeting between the two storied programs. "We really showed a lot of pride, and our practices have been even chippier". The Bulldogs beat Auburn 28-7 in the conference championship game on Saturday. The Tigers forced freshman quarterback Jake Fromm to pass a season-high 29 times while limiting the Bulldogs to 1.4 yards per carry. 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.

"Dawg Nation travels well", Michel said. "I don't think this game will be any different". They traveled well all year.

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