"Georgia was ranked No. 4 because of their wins against highly-ranked teams, their impressive performance against Alabama in the conference championship game, and because of how balanced a team they are".
No. 1 Alabama (13-0, Southeastern Conference champions) vs.
Oklahoma: The Sooners are in the playoff for the third time, and looking for their first win.
We now know where the Tigers will play, as well as who the opponent will be in the CFP.
"As far as our players and our team, these kids recover faster than you think they do", Smart said.
Bowl season in our state will have a decidedly southern feel.
The stadium hosted the first national championship game in the CFP era four years ago and a semifinal game three years ago when Alabama beat Michigan State, 38-0. Ohio State, by virtue of its Big Ten Championship win over Northwestern on Saturday, will go to the Rose Bowl and play Pac-12 champion Washington.
The wild card was Georgia beating the mighty Tide, which could have meant two SEC teams for the second straight season.
The committee didn't buy it and stayed with the one consistent data point throughout the five years of playoff selections: No team with more than one loss has ever made the playoff.
Despite that mid-season loss, Kelly managed to build an impressive comeback, almost earning a ticket to the College Football Playoff before losing to Stanford on the road on a field goal in the final minute.
Their first National Championship appearance came in 1993 (1992 season) in the Sugar Bowl, where they took down Miami 34-13.
"Obviously you start with their defensive front, outstanding front four". No one can reasonably say that Georgia is unequivocally better than the Sooners or the Buckeyes to the point that they are incomparable. "So that's how they see it and that's a great mindset".