In a rare matchup the Georgia Bulldogs (11-2) will take on the Texas Longhorns (9-4). Texas leads the all time series 3-1 but Georgia was able to take the last matchup 10-9 in 1984. Both teams are coming off of conference championship losses that pushed them into the lesser of the New Years Day bowl games.
Georgia will feature its dynamic Running Back duo in D’Andre Swift and Elijah Holyfield who together combined for 1993 Yards Rushing and 17 TDs. Quarterback Jake Fromm coming off a fantastic year himself with 2537 Yards Passing and 27 TDs will lead the offense this game, but an interesting side note will be if the rumored to be leaving Justin Fields will see the field at all this game. On the defensive side of the ball the Bulldogs will have a noticeable void at Cornerback as Deandre Baker has decided to protect his future NFL earnings and will be sitting this game out to prepare for the draft.
Texas has had a resurgence of their long storied program as Tom Herman has them back into a big time bowl game. The offense is led by the strong arm of Sophomore Quarterback Sam Ehlinger who threw for 3123 Yards with 25 TDs. He has an array of offensive weapons to choose from but the Wide Receiver weapons to watch out for are Lil’Jordan Humphrey 79 Receptions, 1109 Yards, and 9 Touchdowns and Collin Johnson 65 Receptions, 945 Yards, and 7 TDs. The weakness for the Longhorns has been their defense. In their four losses this season they have given up 34,38,42, and 39 points. If they are to have any chance against Georgia they will have to find a way to bottle up the running game and keep pressure on Jake Fromm.
Even though I feel this is a game that Tom Herman and this program needs more than Kirby Smart and Georgia, there is no way that Kirby won’t have his team prepared to go out and dominate. My prediction for this one is 42-21 Georgia.
Bob Lancaster @bowlinbob