Let's play the Granddaddy
LOS ANGELES It is time for "The Granddaddy of Them All."
After a month of hype and anticipation, it is finally game day in Pasadena as No. 2 Oklahoma (12-1) squares off against No. 3 Georgia (12-1) at 4 p.m. (CT) and 2 p.m. local time this afternoon on ESPN in the annual Rose Bowl Game.
Ringing in 2018 has a special twist with the College Football Playoff. The winner gets roses and a trip to Atlanta for next week's national championship game while the loser is scorned without the final rose and sent home packing like a contestant on The Bachelor.
Led by their Heisman Trophy winning quarterback, the Sooners which have been wearing their ATL shirts as a motivational tool to make it to Atlanta are confident the road doesn't end here. Pasadena is merely a pitstop in paradise to get to the point where they want to be.
"We're not an underdog," said Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield, who was seen carrying a "Pretenders" sign to the team photo Sunday at the Rose Bowl. As if that wasn't enough, Mayfield repeated himself to get his point across. "We're not an underdog."
With no favorites in today's clash of heavyweights with big time national brands, it's likely to come down who can win on all three sides of the ball while also winning the turnover battle.
What's flying under the radar in this intriguing matchup is the Oklahoma defense against the Georgia offense.
The spotlight will be on the prolific OU offense in a chess match against the lockdown Georgia defense, but what happens on the flip side may be what decides the game.