Texas (9-4) vs Georgia (11-2)
Date/Time: Tuesday, January 1st at 7:45 pm CT
Location: Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, LA
Conference tie-ins: SEC, Big 12
Last year’s result: Alabama defeated Clemson 24-6
Texas bowl history
The Longhorns are 28-24-2 all-time in bowl games including a 33-16 win over Missouri is last season’s Texas Bowl.
Texas is appearing in their fourth Sugar Bowl with the last one coming in 1995. They are 1-2 thus far.
Texas is tied with Georgia in bowl appearances with 55 including this season. That is second all-time to Alabama’s 68.
Georgia bowl history
Georgia is 31-20-3 all-time in their bowl history. The 31 wins
The Bulldogs are appearing in their 10th Sugar Bowl. They are 4-5 in their prior nine appearances.
This is the third time that Georgia will play Texas in a bowl game. UGA lost in the 1948 Orange Bowl, but won the 1983 Cotton Bowl.
The Sugar Bowl will be the fifth meeting between these two with Texas holding a 3-1 lead all-time against Georgia. The last meeting was a Georgia win in 1984, which was in the 1983 season’s Cotton Bowl.
Key player to watch for each team
Texas: Wide receiver – Lil’Jordan Humphrey
Georgia: Linebacker – D’Andre Walker
Tom Herman is doing an outstanding job of methodically building the Longhorn program back up. They took some steps forward this year, including beating Oklahoma, to win nine games. A key was the poise and continued development of quarterback Sam Ehlinger. The offense ranks 55th in the nation with several playmakers. Interestingly, Texas was one of just two programs that did not produce a play of 50 plus yards from scrimmage this year.
Not shockingly, the Texas defense struggled some in the Big 12. In fact, they come into this game ranked 68th in the country. The only potential area where Texas may be able to match up with Georgia is their rushing defense as it ranks 35th in the country allowing 135.92 yards per game. Jake Fromm will have plenty of room to throw against the 115th ranked passing defense in the country.
Georgia is arguably one of the three or four best teams in the country, but relegated to the Sugar Bowl thanks to losses at LSU and in the SEC title game against Alabama. They led Bama by two touchdowns but allowed Jalen Hurts to lead the Tide back to beat them. Meanwhile, Jake Fromm has taken some steps forward overall in the passing game, showing poise and an ability to make big plays. The Bulldogs rushing offense puts up close to 252 rushing yards per game, making that the obvious strength.
Amazingly, Georgia is near the bottom of the SEC in sacks, despite D’Andre Walker’s amazing play. However, the defense still ranks 13th overall in the country, with their strength being against the pass. Certainly, Georgia holds a statistical advantage over Texas in most categories.
On paper, the Sugar Bowl certainly appears to heavily favor Georgia as they dominate in most categories against the Longhorns. However, Tom Herman knows how to get his team ready for big games. Additionally, with the poise of Sam Ehlinger and talent on defense, anything can happen.
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