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Georgia’s 5-1 against the state of Oklahoma, but OU had never played a team from the Peach State until the 2018 Rose Bowl

It’s taken over 100 years, but two of college football’s most prominent programs finally meet.

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Georgia and Oklahoma have never played each other in football. One good part about the College Football Playoff setup is giving us cool matchups like this.

There haven’t even been many opportunities for the teams to actually face off in the postseason, either, despite the two being title-winning programs regularly loaded with star players. The two teams have shared the top five at the end of a regular season only twice: in 1980 and in 2007. If there had been a Playoff in 1980, the tournament might have pitted UGA and OU, as they finished the regular season Nos. 1 and 4 in the AP Poll.

But there’s a first for everything, and that’s what we’ve got in the Rose Bowl.

Georgia has some history against Oklahoma’s in-state compatriots.

Georgia is 3-1 all-time against Oklahoma State. The Dawgs recently participated in a home-and-home series with the Pokes in 2007 and 2009. There were some extenuating circumstances surrounding the game in Stillwater:

What most didn't know at the time of the game was that Dez Bryant, a consensus All-America selection the year before, had the cloud of an NCAA investigation hanging over him and there was very real concern internally during the week on whether or not the Cowboys most heralded player would be available that day. He was eventually cleared to play, but his unknown status in the lead-up to the game resulted in a great deal of stress put on Gundy, Bryant and the team.

The Cowboys won on a day in which they unveiled their recently renovated stadium. The fans chanted “Big 12” at their recently defeated SEC opponents.

The previous time UGA traveled to play the then-Oklahoma A&M Cowboys, its opponents gave it a much warmer welcome:

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The Dawgs beat the Pokes 20-7 before a record crowd in 1947.

Georgia’s also played Tulsa twice, beating the Golden Hurricane in 1960 and in a bowl game in 1946.

Oklahoma, on the other hand, has never played a team from the state of Georgia.

Not Georgia Tech when the Jackets were a national power and not even teams like Georgia State or Mercer in a non-conference game.

But OU has gotten geographically close. In the last decade, the Sooners have played Florida State, Clemson, Tennessee, and Auburn, each program an hour or two from the Georgia state line.

The rarity of Oklahoma and Georgia transcends football. They’ve never met on the baseball diamond either, and the 1987 meeting between the two teams in basketball is the only time UGA and OU have faced each other in a major men’s sport.

So enjoy the novelty of the Rose Bowl. It isn’t something we see often.

And there’s no telling when we’ll see it again.

Both teams have fielded football teams since 1895, and it’s taken this long to get ‘em to play each other.


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