On Tuesday night, the Texas Longhorns will face off against the Georgia Bulldogs in the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans. Texas is 9-4 and is the 15th ranked team in the nation. Georgia is 11-2 and is the 5th ranked team in the nation, just missing out on the College Football Playoff.
Both Teams Trying to Redeem Themselves
Texas is coming off a 39-27 loss to the Oklahoma Sooners in the Big 12 title game back on December 1. Quarterback Sam Ehlinger went 23 for 36 for 349 yards and 2 touchdowns to go along with 1 interception. Ehlinger was also the Longhorns’ leading rusher with 42 yards on 15 carries as well as 2 touchdowns on the ground. Tre Watson was the leading running back with 39 yards on 13 carries. Collin Johnson was the leading receiver, turning 8 catches into 177 yards and a touchdown. Lil’Jordan Humphrey also had a receiving touchdown to go along with 51 yards on 7 catches.
Georgia is coming off a heartbreaking 35-28 loss to the Alabama Crimson Tide in the SEC Championship game back ok December 1st. Georgia led by 14 points in the 3rd quarter, but Alabama rallied back with 3 straight touchdowns to take the 7 point victory. Quarterback Jake Fromm had a great game going 25 for 39 for 301 yards and 3 touchdowns with no interceptions. D’Andre Swift and Elijah Holyfield were a two-headed monster in the backfield. They combined for 135 yards on 30 carries. Swift was the only one of the two to get in the end zone and scored the lone rushing touchdown for the Bulldogs. Isaac Nauta, D’Andre Swift, and Riley Ridley each caught a touchdown pass. These 3 combined for 203 yards on 15 catches.
Texas Offense Looks Solid
Texas has relied on the offense to keep them in games this year. The offense is putting up 31 points on 416 total yards each game. They average 265 passing yards and 151 rushing yards per game. The defense has been good but not great. They allow 26 points a game and 401 total yards a game. Opponents are throwing for 265 yards and running for 136 yards each game. Sam Ehlinger and Lil’Jordan Humphrey have been the main components on offense for the Longhorns. Ehlinger has thrown for 3123 yards and 25 touchdowns versus just 5 interceptions. Humphrey has caught 79 passes for 1109 yards and 9 touchdowns.
Georgia has been exceptional on both sides of the ball all season long. The offense is putting up 39 points and 479 total yards per game. They average 227 yards through the air and an astonishing 252 yards on the ground per game. The defense has been one of the best in the country all season long. They allow only 19 points per game and 311 total yards per game. They allow 181 passing yards and 131 rushing yards each game. Jake Fromm has had a stellar year throwing for 2537 yards, 27 touchdowns, and 5 interceptions. However, the running backs have been the story on offense. Swift and Holyfield have combined for 1993 yards on 303 carries 17 touchdowns.
Georgia vs. Texas Prediction
Georgia comes in at -12. The Longhorns will struggle to score against this incredible Bulldog defense. Texas has good offensive numbers but that has been against Big 12 defenses, and they have not faced a defense close to Georgia’s caliber. Georgia will shut them down on defense and will have no problem moving the ball themselves. They will be out to make a statement and prove the committee wrong by leaving them out of the playoffs. Take Georgia -12.
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