William Shakespeare wrote, "A rose by any other name would smell as sweet," but for Georgia and Oklahoma, there's not much sweeter than competing in the 2018 Rose Bowl for a spot in the College Football Playoff National Championship.
Jake Fromm and the Georgia Bulldogs head into the matchup as the No. 3 seed, while Baker Mayfield and the Oklahoma Sooners are No. 2. And college football aficionados are in for a treat: Somehow, these two programs have never played one another.
Come Monday evening, we'll know which of these two teams will be headed to Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, on January 8 to compete in the title game.
Below you can find the TV schedule and live-stream information for the Rose Bowl showdown between the Bulldogs and the Sooners as well as the updated point spread and more analysis.
Date: Monday, January 1
Location: Rose Bowl; Pasadena, California
Time: 5 p.m. ET
Live Stream: WatchESPN
Analysis, Odds and Pick
Oklahoma heads into the Rose Bowl matchup against Georgia favored by 2.5 points, per OddsShark, but getting the win will very well hinge on Mayfield's health.
The biggest storyline heading into Monday's game is the status of Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback's flu symptoms:
Is Mayfield about to drop a Michael Jordan-esque flu game on the Bulldogs? Or will being sick as a dog prevent him and his team from advancing to the CFP title-decider?
Or perhaps the Sooners will struggle even if Mayfield is healthy.
ESPN SEC Network studio anchor Peter Burns shared an intriguing stat on Twitter ahead of the matchup that might weigh heavily on the minds of the Sooners:
Indeed, Georgia's defense is the best asset it brings into this game. Georgia heads into the matchup having allowed just 158.3 passing yards per game, which ranks No. 2 in college football.
The Bulldogs' not-so-secret weapon on that side of the ball is linebacker Roquan Smith, who leads the team in tackles with 113, including 10.5 for loss.
Smith and his group will need to show up against college football's most prolific offense in the Sooners, who generate 583.3 yards per game. That's more than any other program.
But don't sleep on Georgia's ability to rack up the yards, as well. Fromm, who has thrown 21 touchdowns this season after stepping in for an injured Jacob Eason in the season opener, has benefited from the support of running backs Nick Chubb and Sony Michel.
Though the scoreboard operator should be kept plenty busy for both teams Monday, ultimately this matchup boils down to a classic meeting between a high-scoring offense in the Sooners and a vaunted defense in the Bulldogs.
Pick: Sooners 42, Bulldogs 35