The Georgia Football team will look to prove the College Football Playoff committee got it wrong, when they face the Texas Longhorns in the Sugar Bowl on New Years Day. Here is how you can watch or stream, plus odds, injuries and a game prediction.
The 11-2 Georgia Football team will look to fight off the disappointment of not making the College Football Playoff and defeat the 9-4 Texas Longhorns, at the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, Louisiana.
How to Watch:
The Sugar Bowl can be seen on ESPN at 8:45 eastern standard time. Check your cable providers local listings for channel.
The Georgia Bulldogs vs the Texas Longhorns can be streamed on the watch section of ESPN. The game can also be streamed from the ESPN app. (Cable Subscription Information required)
According to oddsshark.com the Georgia Bulldogs are favored by 13 points over the Texas Longhorns. The over/under for the game is set at 58. Their projection models are predicting an average score of UGA beating Texas 40.8 to 26.6. Odds shark is predicting that the Dawgs will win, cover, and the score will go over.
The Georgia Bulldogs are 8-5 against the spread for the 2018-19 season. The Texas Longhorns are 5-7-1 against the spread on the campaign.
Georgia list the following players as questionable: offensive lineman Kendall Baker, defensive tackle DaQuan Hawkins-Muckle, defensive end David Marshall, defensive end Justin Young and linebacker Robert Beal Jr.
UGA lists these players as probable: linebacker D’Andre Walker, linebacker Monty Rice and offensive lineman Cade Mayes.
The Texas injury lists is much shorter. Tight end Malcolm Epps is out. Wide receiver Al’Vonte Woodard and defensive lineman Marqez Bimage are listed as questionable to play.
Georgia Football coach Kirby Smart is determined for his team to avoid the classic case of let down, after narrowly missing the College Football Playoff. Many of the UGA players themselves have expressed that they want to show the world, that they are one of the nation’s four best teams.
They major piece the Georgia Bulldogs are missing, is cornerback Deandre Baker. Baker, the Thorpe Award winner for the best defensive back in the NCAA, has decided to skip the bowl game and get ready for the NFL Draft combine rather than risk injury in the Sugar Bowl.
Deandre Baker originally stated that he was going to play, but changed his mind. He was likely advised against playing, by the people he leans on for guidance. Baker will be missed as he takes away one of the opposing team’s wide receivers weekly.
Young cornerbacks Eric Stokes and Tyson Campbell are expected to man the outsides with Mark Webb playing the nickel back position. The trio makes up with talent, for what they lack in experience.
With that being said, I suspect the young corners kwill take their lumps against the Longhorns big wide receivers. Particularly freshman Tyson Campbell. Lil’Jordan Humphrey and Collin Johnson stand 6’5 and 6’6 respectfully, so covering them will be no small task.
The Texas Longhorns front four is a smaller unit. Their staring front four averages 267 pounds per man. That pales in comparison to the Bulldogs offensive line that averages over 320 pounds per man. An angry opponent with a size advantage, is not a good scenario to be in.
Georgia will prove to he too physical for Texas, preventing them from getting win number ten and proving the College Football Playoff Committee totally wrong. I believe the projection models are pretty spot on with this game.
Prediction: Georgia 41 Texas 27
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