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2018 Rose Bowl prospects to know: Oklahoma Sooners vs Georgia Bulldogs

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A look at the prospects in the first national semifinal matchup.

NCAA Football: Rose Bowl-Oklahoma vs Georgia Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

For the college football playoffs, the talent amongst the four teams is amazing.

There will be likely 15 first round picks coming from these teams over the next couple of seasons and it starts today with the Rose Bowl.

Rose Bowl - Monday 5:00 PM ET
Georgia Bulldogs vs Oklahoma Sooners

#3 Roquan Smith LB UGA 6’1” 225
Season Stats: 113 TKL (72 solo) 10.5 TFL 5.5 SCK 1 FF 2 PBU

#27 Nick Chubb RB UGA 5’10” 225
Season Stats: 1175 YDS 6.2 AVG 13 TD rushing, 3 REC 31 YDS 10.3 AVG receiving

Chubb has recovered from a career-threatening knee injury in 2015 to post back-to-back 1100 yard rushing seasons, without missing a game. He’s in the mix with teammate Sony Michel, and San Diego State’s Rashaad Penny in the debate over top senior running backs.

#1 Sony Michel RB UGA 5’11” 215
Season Stats: 948 YDS 7.2 AVG 13 TD rushing, 5 REC 55 YDS 11.0 AVG

#7 Lorenzo Carter LB UGA 6’6” 243
Season Stats: 47 TKL (25 solo) 7 TFL 4 SCK 3 FF

#5 Terry Godwin WR UGA 5’11” 185
Season Stats: 29 REC 540 YDS 18.6 AVG 6 TD

#77 Isaiah Wynn G UGA 6’2” 302

A thee-year starter, Wynn played left tackle this season after starting at left guard in 2016.

#6 Baker Mayfield QB OU 6’1” 220
Season Stats: 262/369 (71%) 4340 YDS 11.8 YPA 41 TD 5 INT passing, 310 YDS 3.6 AVG 5 TD rushing

All eyes are on the Heisman winner, who’s widely-viewed as a potential top ten draft pick, and who has even convinced corners of the draftnik community that he is the top quarterback in the draft. Mayfield, a former walk-on and Texas Tech transfer, has posted historically good numbers in three seasons with the Sooners, but his few critics remain skeptical of the level of competition he has faced. Georgia’s defense will provide a strong test.

#81 Mark Andrews TE OU 6’5” 254
Season Stats: 58 REC 906 YDS 15.6 AVG 8 TD

#78 Orlando Brown OT OU 6’8” 345

Brown is a thee-year starter at left tackle, and a player who’s shown improved footwork and technique as a pass protector. He’s the son of the late Orlando Brown Sr., who played a total of 10 NFL seasons with the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens.

#31 Ogbonnia Okoronkwo LB OU 6’1” 240
Season Stats: 71 TKL (44 solo) 17.5 TFL 8 SCK 3 FF 2 PBU