The opening line between the Georgia Bulldogs and Texas football gave a bleak outlook to the realistic result in the Sugar Bowl.
On Dec. 2, the complete schedule for the postseason and the betting odds for the New Year’s Six Bowl games and the College Football Playoff Semifinal games were released. The College Football Playoff Selection Show was the moment that a lot of fans in the nation were waiting for, including a good portion of the Texas football fan base.
Texas football found itself in the Sugar Bowl as the second highest ranked team out of the Big 12. The opponent of No. 15 ranked Texas football in the Sugar Bowl is the second best team out of the SEC, the No. 5 ranked Georgia Bulldogs.
In the Big 12 Championship Game, the Texas Longhorns determined its fate with the 39-27 loss at the hands of the Oklahoma Sooners. Texas still got a spot in a New Year’s Six Bowl while Oklahoma found itself in the Playoff field, against the No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide. Oklahoma opened as two touchdown underdogs in the semifinal game against the Crimson Tide.
That left Texas and Georgia as the second most intriguing postseason game for any involving a Big 12 team. Georgia wound up facing Texas in the Sugar Bowl because of its 35-28 heartbreaking loss to Alabama in the SEC Championship Game. Despite that SEC Title Game loss, there was still a large camp of fans and national pundits pushing for Georgia in the Playoff ahead of Oklahoma.
However, Georgia was a two-loss team that didn’t win its conference. Oklahoma and the Ohio State Buckeyes were more deserving teams for the four seed in the Playoff than the Dawgs. That doesn’t mean that Georgia doesn’t get a meaningful postseason game that it should be motivated to play in.
Head coach Kirby Smart and Georgia opened as 11.5-point favorites over head Texas football coach Tom Herman and his team. It’s not too shocking that Georgia is a heavy favorite over the Horns since it was commonly considered the best one-loss team in the nation heading into conference championship week.
Moreover, Georgia is probably the best two-loss team in the nation after the loss to Alabama. It would be a pretty big upset if the Horns can take down the Dawgs. Nothing would give the Horns more momentum entering the 2019 campaign than beating a top tier team out of the SEC as two-possession underdogs.
In the history of both programs, Texas and Georgia have only met four times. The last time these two teams met resulted in a Georgia win in Dallas, TX, back in 1984. The previous three meetings were victories for Texas. The Horns will be looking for four on Jan. 1 at 7:45 p.m. CT.