PASADENA, Calif. — Watch live streaming coverage of the 104th edition of the college football Rose Bowl Game Presented by Northwestern Mutual between No. 2 Oklahoma and No. 3 Georgia at the Rose Bowl stadium on New Year’s Day.
The live action will get going at 5:00 pm ET, with WatchESPN providing the online stream. ESPN will have the television broadcast.
Despite being the higher ranked team, the Sooners (12-1) come into this one as the underdogs, according to ESPN’s Football Power Index, which gives the Bulldogs (12-1) a 53-percent chance to advance to the College Football Playoff championship.
Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield and his teammates arrived at the stadium earlier fully convinced that they can beat the odds to get past what is expected to be a very stubborn Georgia team.
Mayfield, who has been battling with flu-like symptoms since the start of the Christmas break, isn’t totally 100-percent, but is looking forward to playing.
The Heisman Trophy winner was seen heading to the Oklahoma locker room in his shades and hoddie as photographers tried to capture his every movements.
He came out later to warmup for the clash and a fully recovered Mayfield will be difficult to slow down.
Georgia coach Kirby Smart admits earlier this month that the all-purpose quarterback will certainly be hard to handle.
“He can make all the throws from all the angles,” Smart said. “It’s not just the scrambling, it’s the fact that when you get to him you sometimes still can’t get him down.
“He’s strong, he’s built [in his] lower body like a running back. It’s like having a wildcat quarterback that can throw it really good.”
Lincoln Riley, who replaced Bob Stoops, who surprisingly retired in June, will lead OU to its first Rose Bowl time since the 2002 season and he also became the first coach to qualify for the college football playoff in his first year as a head coach.
The 34-year-old Riley is also the second youngest head coach in the FBS.
Georgia, which boasts one of the nation’s best defenses, is expected to make life very difficult for Oklahoma, which has the country’s most productive offense.
The Bulldogs are ranked second nationally in passing defense at 170.1 yards per game and fourth in scoring defense (13.2 ppg) and total defense (270.9 ypg).
“I know their offense is amazing, great offensive players coming out of there,” Georgia safety J.R. Reed said.
“This offense that we’re going against is high-powered. We have a great defense, so we’ll see what happens.”
College Football Playoff at the Rose Bowl Game Presented by Northwestern Mutual
No. 3 Georgia vs. No. 2 Oklahoma
5 p.m., ESPN, WatchESPN