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The 2018 Rose Bowl serves as a backdrop as the first of a New Year's Day College Football Playoff double-header as second-seeded Oklahoma takes on No. 3 Georgia. The Bulldogs are three point favorites after the line opened at Oklahoma -1. The Over-Under is 61, up one point from where it opened. The money line is Georgia -145, which means a $145 bet on the first CFP semifinal will return $100.

Before you make your picks on this highly-anticipated College Football Playoff showdown, you should see what SportsLine football insider Emory Hunt has to say. Hunt brings a wealth of real-life gridiron experience to his football handicapping.

A former college football running back, he sees the game through the lens of someone with the ball in his hands, diagnosing the game in real-time as it unfolds in front of him.

There are few industry handicappers who know the game better than Hunt, whose vast expertise in the X's and O's on the gridiron has paid off in the form of an impressive resume for SportsLine.

The CEO of Football Gameplan, Hunt is 14-6 in his last 20 college football picks against the spread. He already won big with Ohio State -7.5 in Friday's Cotton Bowl, arguing that Ohio State's defense was ferocious. The result: Ohio State held USC to seven points and easily covered.

Now, Hunt has broken down every angle of the New Year's Day Rose Bowl showdown between Oklahoma and Georgia in the College Football Playoff. He's locked in a strong pick only over at SportsLine.

Hunt knows this matchup features the ultimate stylistic contrast, as Oklahoma's top-rated offense, led by Heisman winner Baker Mayfield, takes on the powerful defense of battle-tested Georgia. This is the type of classic gridiron clash that Hunt specializes in breaking down and identifying which club has the advantage.

The brash Mayfield will go down as one of the greatest gunslingers in college football history, finally winning a Heisman after finishing in the top three the two prior seasons.

He has completed 71 percent of his passes for 4,340 yards and 41 touchdowns against just five interceptions for the Big 12-champion Sooners. Oklahoma leads the country in yards per game (583.3) and is fourth in scoring (44.9 ppg).

Mayfield has had at least three passing touchdowns in his last six games and hasn't thrown an INT since early November. And Mayfield showed his versatility last time out, rushing for 65 yards against TCU, his second-highest total of the season.

But Mayfield and friends could be in for a humbling against rugged Georgia, a drastic change from the parade of finesse Big 12 opponents it has faced on a weekly basis.

Bulldogs coach Kirby Smart was hired to bring toughness to the program, and he has done just that. Georgia is fourth in the country in both yards allowed (270.9) and scoring defense (13.2 ppg). His offense, led by the dynamic rushing duo of Sony Michel and Nick Chubb, has held up its end of the bargain with 35 points per game.

SportsLine's advanced computer model says Chubb and Michel will combine for over 150 rushing yards in the Rose Bowl and both have a favorable chance of finding the end zone. Chubb has four TDs in his last four games, while Michel has four in his last three outings.

Georgia bounced back from its lone defeat of the season, against Auburn, to beat the Tigers in an SEC title-game rematch and earn an invitation to the playoffs.

Georgia has won its last three games (vs. Kentucky, at Georgia Tech, vs. Auburn) by a combined score of 108-27. The Bulldogs are 9-3 against the spread this season, while Oklahoma is also impressive at 8-5.

Hunt is leaning Under, but what about the spread, which he's made his name picking? He knows there's a critical matchup that determines which side of the spread you need to be all over. And CBS Sports analyst, ESPNU radio host and Heisman voter Barrett Sallee, who is 26-16 on his best bets given to SportsLine, agrees with him.

So what side of Oklahoma-Georgia should you take? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of Oklahoma-Georgia you need to be all over, all from an expert who's hitting 70 percent of his ATS picks, and find out.