2019 Sugar Bowl: Teams, Facts, and Pick
Here we have the final bowl game of the New Year’s Six and the last before the national championship: the 2019 Sugar Bowl.
Another long-standing bowl game gets played on New Year’s Day, this one pitting the second-place teams of the Big 12 and SEC against one another. Their top teams, of course, are playing each other in the playoff. I’m sure the Texas Longhorns and Georgia Bulldogs are still happy to be in such a prestigious game. Well, maybe not Georgia, who felt they got screwed by the committee.
Who wins this contest between two top programs?
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2019 Sugar Bowl: This Year’s Bowl Info
|Tuesday, January 1, 2019, 8:45pm ET (5:45pm PT)|
|Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana|
|Broadcast on ESPN|
|Payout derived from CFP Revenue Pool (Link: College Football Poll)|
|Georgia is a 13-point favorite|
2019 Sugar Bowl: Texas Longhorns
|9-4 (7-2 Big 12); 2nd place in Big 12|
|Lost Big 12 Championship to Oklahoma|
|Best Win: Oklahoma (regular season)|
|Offensive Ranks (out of 130): Scoring Offense 48th, Total Offense 55th, Rushing Offense 94th, 3rd Downs 19th, Time of Possession 23rd, Turnover Margin 27th, Sacks Allowed 63rd, Red Zone 96th|
|Defensive Ranks (out of 130): Scoring Defense 57th, Total Defense 68th, Rushing Defense 35th, Opponent 3rd Downs 109th, Sacks Per Game 55th, TFL Per Game 29th, Interceptions 50th, Opponent Red Zone 15th|
|Special Teams Ranks (out of 130): Field Goal Kicking 65th, Punts Per Game 68th|
2019 Sugar Bowl: Georgia Bulldogs
|11-2 (7-1 SEC); SEC East champions|
|Lost SEC Championship to Alabama|
|Best Win: Florida|
|Offensive Ranks (out of 130): Scoring Offense 13th, Total Offense 13th, Rushing Offense 12th, 3rd Downs 12th, Time of Possession 28th, Turnover Margin 38th, Sacks Allowed 24th, Red Zone 21st|
|Defensive Ranks (out of 130): Scoring Defense 16th, Total Defense 13th, Rushing Defense 28th, Opponent 3rd Downs 19th, Sacks Per Game 100th, TFL Per Game 120th, Interceptions 90th, Opponent Red Zone 103rd|
|Special Teams Ranks (out of 130): Field Goal Kicking 25th, Punts Per Game 126th|
2019 Sugar Bowl: Head-to-Head
The Sugar Bowl will be meeting number five between the Longhorns and Bulldogs.
Texas is the series lead by a 3-1 margin, but their last game against one another was in 1984. (Link: Winsipedia)
2019 Sugar Bowl: Pick
Texas flipped back and forth a few times this year between “back” and “not back,” but have ultimately settled on “kind of back.” 9-4 with a Big 12 title game loss does not spell a program that is “back” but one that is at least moving in the right direction. The Horns got a good year out of quarterback Sam Ehlinger, their most critical player on offense this season.
It’s the Big 12, so you might be thinking about their defense, or lack thereof, as the case may be. Compared to the rest of the conference, Texas did just fine on defense, but overall in FBS, it’s average.
Georgia, on the other hand, is very good in both phases of the game, which one might expect for the “first team out” of the playoff. Jake Fromm has it together, the defense has it together, and their running back-by-committee is working. The Bulldogs are a deserved favorite in this contest.
One team or another looking flat is always a concern, but not something one can predict. (I mean, we did suspect Miami would in the Pinstripe Bowl but we weren’t willing to change our pick for it.) Georgia not being ready would be a big help to Texas, but it is not the only way they can win. Texas has had a few good wins this year, notably Oklahoma, but the Sooners are not a good defensive team. Georgia is and are as close to the complete package as you will get for a non-CFP team.