No. 3 Georgia Bulldogs Will Face No. 2 Oklahoma Sooners In The College Football Playoffs

No.1 Clemson Tigers To Face No. 4 Alabama

Sunday, December 3, 2017 - by special report

The College Football Playoff field is set.

Clemson is the No. 1 seed and will play No. 4 Alabama in the Sugar Bowl.

Oklahoma is the No. 2 seed and will face No. 3 Georgia in the Rose Bowl.

Clemson, Oklahoma and Alabama are all making repeat appearances in the field.

The trio along with Ohio State have accounted for 11 of the 16 berths in the four years of the systems. This the first time Georgia has been selected.

The Tigers enter as the defending champions after crushing Miami (Fla.) in the ACC title game. The Crimson Tide beat out Big Ten champion Ohio State for the final spot despite not winning its SEC division.

It's the first time two teams from the same conference have made the field. It's also the second consecutive season a team that did not play in a conference championship game was selected.

This will be the third consecutive meeting in the playoff between Clemson and Alabama. They played in the last two championship games with the Tide winning in 2015 and the Tigers winning in 2016.

The Sooners and Bulldogs both clinched their spots with respective conference championship game victories in the Big 12 and SEC. 

Georgia’s path to its first college football national championship in thirty-seven years is now clearer. Kirby Smart’s Bulldogs will face Lincoln Riley’s Oklahoma Sooners in the Granddaddy of Them All on New Year’s Day 2018.

 

Oklahoma, 12-1 and champions of the Big XII, are coming off a 41-17 victory over TCU in their conference title game. The Sooners are of course led by Heisman Trophy front runner Baker Mayfield and a high-powered offense. Their lone stumble this season was a 38-31 October defeat at the hands of an upstart Iowa State team.

 

The matchup of this Sooner scoring machine and Georgia’s stingy defense should be one of the more anticipated contests of the bowl season.

 

The game marks the first contest between these two storied programs, and returns Georgia to the Rose Bowl for the first time since beating UCLA there in 1943.

 

 



PREP SCHEDULES

FOOTBALL     VOLLEYBALL     WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 Ooltewah at Soddy Daisy Rhea Co. at Red Bank McMinn Co. at Cleveland   THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 Baylor at St. Cecelia CCS at Notre Dame East Ridge at Central Soddy Daisy at Walker Valley Sale Creek at Lookout Valley Collegedale Academy at Boyd-Buchanan ... (click for more)

Covenant Men's Soccer Defeats Berea, 6-2

Anthony Buzzeo recorded his first multi-goal match and the Covenant men's soccer team used three goals in each half to defeat Berea, 6-2, in USA South action  on Wednesday  night. Covenant (6-2, 3-0 USA South) remains undefeated in conference play with the win. It is the first time since joining the USA South that the Scots have won the first three league matches ... (click for more)

Government Says Former Pilot Travel Centers President Hazelwood Should Be Sentenced To 168-210 Months; Hearing Projected To Take 11 Hours Over 2 Days

The government is asking that former Pilot Travel Centers president Mark Hazelwood be sentenced to between 168-210 months for his part in a fraud against truckers. The government is also asking that Hazelwood be ordered to pay a $750,000 fine. It was noted that all restitution has been made by Pilot to the tune of some $100 million. Attorney Brad Henry, of Knoxville and New ... (click for more)

Mother Of 15-Year-Old Killed By His Father Said McElrath Had Been Acting "Manic"

The mother of a 15-year-old boy who was killed by his father said Michael McElrath had been acting "manic" in the days leading up to the tragic incident in Hixson on Aug. 18. Judge Alex McVeigh bound a charge of criminal homicide against McElrath, a former jail officer, to the Grand Jury. He is charged in the death of Dylan McElrath, who was a sophomore at Hixson High School. ... (click for more)

Arming Teachers With Guns Will Be Too Dangerous - And Response (3)

Arming teachers with guns in the classroom, as Bill Lee proposes, would be the single most dangerous thing to happen to students in Tennessee history. Students and teachers in close proximity to loaded firearms daily? Across this state, in middle schools alone, there are probably hundreds of student/teacher conflicts a day. What if a student got hold of gun in a struggle with ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Scream ‘Sexual Assault!’

Candace Owens, a communications director for the conservative non-profit “Turning Point,” wasted not a minute’s time as the Democratic debauchery of Supreme Court appointee Brett Kavanaugh raced like a prairie fire across America. There is little doubt that many politicians -- on either side of the aisle -- play a little loose with the truth. But this Eleventh Hour attack on the ... (click for more)