Allstate Sugar Bowl: Georgia vs. Texas fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Tuesday, January 1st
Game Time: 8:30 ET
Venue: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, New Orleans, LA
Georgia (11-2) vs. Texas (9-4) Game Preview
Three Reasons Why You Should Watch The Allstate Sugar Bowl
– It’s the second-to-last game of the college football season. It closes out a massive New Year’s Day of games, and after it, there’s only the College Football Playoff National Championship left.
Georgia’s last bowl game wasn’t really a bowl, losing to Alabama in overtime in last season’s national championship. Before that? It rolled in four straight bowls including going 2-0 under head coach Kirby Smart. Going back to the 1987 Liberty, the program has gone 20-7 in the post-season.
In the 1984 Cotton, Georgia ruined Texas’s national title hopes with a 10-9 win.
Texas took down Missouri in last year’s Texas Bowl. Going back to the 2000 Holiday Bowl loss to Oregon, the Longhorns are 10-4 in their last 14, but this is by far the biggest bowl game the program has been in since losing to Alabama in the 2010 BCS Championship.
– Georgia proved in its painfully close loss to Alabama in the SEC Championship that it’s almost certainly one of the four best teams in college football. But that loss, combine with the 36-16 loss to LSU, were enough to keep it out of the playoff. This was a wee bit of a reloading season, and it wasn’t always smooth, but there’s no nitpicking just how good the Bulldogs really were.
Outside of the clunker to LSU, Georgia won all of the other 11 regular season games by double-digits. The closest anyone but LSU and Alabama came to touching this team was Missouri, and it lost 43-29.
– It’s been a wildly inconsistent and a wildly entertaining year for Texas. The Longhorns managed to lose to Maryland, and they beat Oklahoma. The lost two wild and crazy shootouts against West Virginia and Oklahoma State, but they were able to rumble past a strong Iowa State.
They’ve played close game after close game – nine of their games were decided by seven points or fewer before losing to Oklahoma in a thrilling 39-27 Big 12 Championship – with an offense that showed just enough explosion to keep up with the conference’s juggernaut attacks, and a D that could power down the weaker ones.