That. Was. Incredible.
Sorry for the lack of words, but not a single description could do that game justice, and did we expect anything less?
An absolutely outstanding performance for the Georgia Bulldog's ground game, the Oklahoma Sooners' Baker Mayfield doing it all as a passer and receiver, a big comeback mixed with multiple lead changes late, and the first overtime in Rose Bowl history. This truly was one of the most epic finishes in Pasadena for the Grand Daddy of Them All! We'll do our best to capture the many takeaways from this incredible CFP semifinal game between two elite college football programs.
5. The Rose Bowl Always Delivers
Last year we had the epic back-and-forth between the USC Trojans and Penn State Nittany Lions that ended with a game-winning field goal, and now we have this incredible classic that marked the first time the Rose Bowl was ever decided in overtime.
Remember that 2006 National Championship game between Vince Young's Texas Longhorns and Matt Leinart's USC Trojans? One thing's for certain: Pasadena always hosts an amazing show this time of year.
4. Nick Chubb and Sony Michel Are the Best RB Duo in FBS
Was there any ever doubt? These two helped carry the Bulldogs throughout the entire game. Give freshman quarterback Jake Fromm all the credit in the world, but the duo of Sony Michel and Nick Chubb, both of whom combined for two scores on the ground apiece gave the Sooners defense just about all they could handle.
It's been like that all season long, and both backs have pro potential when their time for the draft comes around.
3. Jake Fromm Rose to the Occasion
There must be something about the Grand Daddy of Them All and freshman quarterbacks. Last year, Sam Darnold went 33-53 for 453 yards and five touchdowns to lift his team to a huge 52-49 victory. This time, Jake Fromm got the turn to show off his skills.
Although he didn't have quite the eye-popping stat chart as Darnold, he still was efficient leading his team in key drives and finding the end zone twice. He has a very bright future for a Bulldogs team that will be great for years to come.
2. Despite the Loss, Baker Mayfield Has Nothing Left to Prove
Mayfield did just about everything he could. Despite his one interception, the man was on the money all night, but the playcalling in overtime was what ended up dooming Oklahoma. While his defense did score a touchdown, the unit did not do him any good in the second half after surrendering a ton of points. Mayfield's draft stock is solidified and he should be a top pick.
1. We're in For a Wild College Football Championship
Catch your breath people, this was only the first of three games in the CFP! Man, did it live up to its potential and then some. The main question now is will the Bulldogs have anything left in the tank for the Jan. 8 final between the winner of the Allstate Sugar Bowl?
Whether its Clemson or Alabama, the momentum for Georgia will be sky-high after winning a shootout thriller against the most potent offense in the FBS, and every college football fan in America is going to benefit from what could be an even better National Championship match (if that's even possible).