6. An equally deep Georgia receiving corps to the Longhorns
To counter the strength of the receiving corps for Texas football, Georgia’s passing game has some threats that should not be taken lightly. The main value proposition of the Georgia offense is not a high-powered passing game that thrives like that of Oklahoma or West Virginia in the Big 12, but it does have a multitude of weapons to turn to.
Both the Texas and Georgia passing games have enough skill position threats, and good enough quarterbacks, to make this a high-scoring game. Similar to what happened in the College Football Playoff Semifinal game (a.k.a the Orange Bowl) between Oklahoma and Alabama, Georgia and Texas could actually turn the Sugar Bowl into a shootout.
Georgia’s main three threats from the receiving corps can make an impact in multiple ways. Those top three threats include junior Mecole Hardman, junior Riley Ridley, and senior Terry Godwin. Each of those three wideouts could do some damage to the Texas secondary. A lot depends on how the Texas defensive backs show out in the Sugar Bowl.
None of the top Georgia wide receivers have more than 550 receiving yards or a number of touchdown catches in the double digits. The numbers in the Georgia passing game aren’t going to jump off the page at anyone, but the versatility and explosiveness of this receiving corps should. Hardman is a good example of how potent some of the skill position threats can be, since he can make an impact in the passing game and on special teams.