While Georgia did not make the College Football Playoff, the No. 5 Bulldogs did earn a berth into a New Year’s Six bowl. Georgia will play in the Sugar Bowl as the highest ranked SEC team not in the playoff. And the Bulldogs will play Texas, who finished as the No. 2 team in the Big 12 after its loss to Oklahoma on Saturday.
NOLA here we come! The #Dawgs will take on Texas in the Sugar Bowl on January 1.
— Georgia Bulldogs (@UGAAthletics) December 2, 2018
The Bulldogs lost in heartbreaking fashion to Alabama on Saturday, as Georgia turned a 28-14 second half lead into a 35-28 loss. Due to the loss, Georgia dropped from No. 4 to No. 5 and just missed the College Football Playoff field. The College Football Playoff committee announced that the field was No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Clemson, No. 3 Notre Dame and No. 4 Oklahoma.
This will be Georgia’s first time playing in the Sugar Bowl since the 2008 Sugar Bowl, when the Bulldogs thrashed Hawaii 41-10. Georgia has not played the Longhorns since the 1984 Cotton Bowl. The teams did agree to a future home-and-home series earlier this season, as the two teams will meet in 2028 and 2029.
The Sugar Bowl will be played on Jan. 1 in New Orleans. The game will air on ESPN and kick off at 8:45 p.m. ET. The game can also be heard on the radio broadcast on WSB 95.5 FM/AM 750. This will be Georgia’s second time playing in the state of Louisiana this season, and Georgia will be hoping this game goes much better. The Bulldogs lost 36-16 to LSU on Oct. 13. That game did, however, seem to be a turning point in the season for Georgia, as the Bulldogs played much better down the closing stretch of the season.
The College Football Playoff games will be played on Dec. 29, with Alabama playing Oklahoma in Miami and Clemson facing Notre Dame in Dallas. The Rose Bowl will feature Washington taking on No. 6 Ohio State. The Rose Bowl will kick off at 5 p.m. ET and should it run long, the start of the Sugar Bowl could be delayed.
The other two New Year’s Six bowls will feature LSU against UCF in the Fiesta Bowl and Florida versus Michigan in the Peach Bowl. The Fiesta Bowl will start before the Rose and Sugar Bowls at 1 p.m. ET on New Year’s Day. The Peach Bowl will kick off at 12 p.m. ET on Dec. 29.
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