The Georgia Bulldogs (11-2) from the SEC face off against the Baylor Bears (11-2) for the Big 12. Georgia enters this game with some changes on the coaching staff and Kirby Smart wondering how he needs to tweak his offense for 2020. Matt Rhule will want to use this game as a springboard into 2020. He will have a team ready to compete for the Big 12 next season led by quarterback Charlie Brewer.
For this game, the Bulldogs will be without several key players including five starters. Two of these starters include offensive tackle Andrew Thomas and defensive back J.R. Reed. Both of whom were All-Americans this season. This has helped the spread fall like a rock. After opening at 8.5 in favor of Georgia the spread currently sits at 5.5.
Opening line: Georgia -8.5
Current line: Georgia -5.5
Location: Mercedes Benz Superdome New Orleans, LA
Start Time: 8:45 EST
Last Meeting: September 16th, 1989
Trying to figure out who to back in bowl games has much more to do with the psychological aspect as opposed to straight X’s and O’s. Some teams enter the season with lofty expectations while others come in with a lower bar and are able to fly over it. This is one of those cases.
Georgia came into this game with the expectation of getting back the College Football Playoff and trying to finish the job. Despite finishing 11-2, this was a letdown season for the Bulldogs. While they won the SEC East, they were dismantled in the SEC Championship by LSU and left on the outside looking in for the College Football Playoff.
Baylor, on the other hand, is just a few short years away from the Art Briles era that left the program in shambles. They also finished the season 11-2 but fans in Waco are ecstatic with the season the Bears had. Both of their losses came at the hands of Oklahoma including a regular-season contest that without a dramatic collapse might have had Baylor in the Playoff.
A year after losing outright to a Texas team in the very same bowl game, Georgia returns to face another team from Texas.