ATHENS, Ga. — The Bulldog football team practiced for the second to last time in Athens on Thursday in preparation for the coming College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game versus Oklahoma.

Georgia will practice once more on Friday before giving the players a couple days off for Christmas.  The Bulldogs will then reconvene and fly to Los Angeles on Dec. 26 to start their preparations for their Jan. 1 game in Pasadena, Calif.

Redshirt sophomore defensive back J.R. Reed grew up in Texas and was familiar with the Sooners then, and has been studying this year’s Oklahoma team as well.

“Growing up, we always knew the Texas-Oklahoma rivalry was a big one and we paid attention to that game every year,” Reed said.  “The Big 12 is known for high-scoring teams and the passing game so this will be a big game for our defense.”

After owning the nation’s No. 1 recruiting class following the first day of the Early Signing Period on Wednesday, the Bulldogs added a talented pair in tight end Luke Ford from Carterville, Ill., and linebacker Channing Tindall from Columbia, S.C., on Thursday.  Reed said winning plays a part in signing up the next batch of Bulldogs.

“Everyone wants to be part of a winner when they come out of high school and choose their college,” said Reed.  “If a guy is on the fence and Georgia is having a year like it’s been having this year, I would definitely think he would pick Georgia with the performance we have had on the field this season.”

The Bulldogs (12-1) face the Sooners (12-1) in the Rose Bowl Game on Monday, Jan. 1, 2018.  Kickoff is set for 5 p.m. ET, and the game will be televised nationally by ESPN.