ATLANTA, GA — Ohio State and Georgia will meet Saturday night in the second semifinal of the College Football Playoff in the Peach Bowl at Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.
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This is the Buckeyes fifth appearance in the College Football Playoff, third under head coach Ryan Day. Ohio State won the inaugural 2014 College Football Playoff as a No. 4 seed beating No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Oregon.
They lost to Clemson in 2016 and 2019 but beat the Tigers in 2020. Ohio State lost in the National Championship Game to Alabama.
The Buckeyes finished the regular season with an 11-1 record, all 11 wins came by double digits. Their only loss was on November 26 to Michigan, 45-23, in Columbus.
This is the second meeting between Ohio State and Georgia in college football. The Bulldogs beat the Buckeyes, 21-14, in the 1993 Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida. Ohio State was coached by John Cooper along with former Centerville High standout Kirk Herbstreit as starting quarterback and team captain. Georgia was coached by Ray Goff.
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The Bulldogs are 13-0 this season and ranked No. 1 in five of the six College Football Playoff polls this season. Georgia has won 27 of its last 28 games, this includes winning the national championship over Alabama in Indianapolis back on January 10.
Georgia is coming off a 50-30 win over LSU in the 2022 SEC Championship game.
This will be the Bulldogs third game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta this season. They beat Oregon on September 3 and LSU on December 3. The stadium is 72 miles from the University of Georgia’s campus on Athens, Georgia
Kickoff between Ohio State and Georgia is scheduled at 8 p.m.
The first College Football Playoff semifinal game will feature No. 2 Michigan against No. 3 TCU in the Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Arizona at 4 p.m.
The winner of each semifinal game will play in The College Football National Championship Game at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, California on January 9.
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