ATLANTA — The Georgia Bulldogs are headed for the Sugar Bowl - and it’s a letdown.
Sunday afternoon, the Dawgs’ postseason destination was announced as a trip to New Orleans to take-on the Texas Longhorns on New Year’s Day. Kickoff is set for 8:45pm inside the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. But it wasn’t where Georgia hoped to land.
Earlier Sunday, the College Football Playoff field was revealed, and the Bulldogs were left in the cold. Oklahoma replaced Georgia for the final spot in the field at #4. Georgia dropped to #5.
The national semifinals will feature #1 Alabama against #4 Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl, along with #2 Clemson vs. #3 Notre Dame in the Cotton Bowl. Both games to be played Dec. 29.
For Georgia once again against Alabama, it was a case of ‘what could have been.’ After a bitter loss to the Crimson Tide in the National Championship last season, the Bulldogs fell to Alabama Saturday night in the SEC Championship 35-28.
Georgia owns an 11-2 record, while Oklahoma won the Big 12 title with only one loss on its resume.
In the Sugar, the Bulldogs will face Texas (9-4, 7-2 Big 12) for the fifth time all-time. The last meeting was in the 1984 Cotton Bowl – a 10-9 Georgia win.