In hindsight, the Georgia looked like a better team for the College Football Playoff instead of facing Texas football in the Sugar Bowl.
The ability to get the four team field right for the College Football Playoff is never going to be an exact science. Especially for a team in a situation like the Georgia Bulldogs. The College Football Playoff seems to be a better system for fans around the country, compared to the BCS computer system that caused a lot of frustration in its time. Texas football was at the top of the college football landscape during the BCS-era, but that isn’t relevant to most other teams.
For a team like Georgia, the difficulty of playing in the SEC week in and week out can be grueling. Texas football doesn’t have a slate in the Big 12, like Georgia has even in the SEC East. To get to this point, Texas football really only big tests against the Oklahoma Sooners, West Virginia Mountaineers, and Iowa State Cyclones.
Some early season tests for Texas football, against the TCU Horned Frogs and USC Trojans, didn’t prove to be good teams this year. You could argue that TCU and USC were much stronger at the beginning of the year and faded down the stretch due to injuries, inconsistencies, and even some suspensions. TCU lost one of its biggest weapons in the middle of the regular season as senior wide receiver KaVontae Turpin was suspended due to off-the-field issues.
However, Georgia has an interesting case to make for the College Football Playoff. Georgia was the first team on the outside looking in for the final College Football Playoff Rankings, so there will always be an argument for the team that finishes at No. 5.
With all this in mind, here’s a deeper look into what argument the Georgia Bulldogs had for getting into the College Football Playoff instead of facing the Texas Longhorns in the Allstate Sugar Bowl.