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2020 Sugar Bowl - Georgia Bulldogs vs Baylor Bears

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The Georgia Bulldogs return to the Sugar Bowl against a different Big 12 opponent, but can we expect a different outcome? The Dogs were throttled by the Texas Longhorns, 28-21, as a 12.5-point favorite in last year’s edition after losing in the SEC title game. There are similarities. The Dogs were beaten by LSU in the conference championship and face another strong team in the 11-2 Baylor Bears, whose only setbacks were by a combined 10 points to CFP participant Oklahoma. The Dogs are also 11-2 and opened as an 8-point favorite.

2020 Allstate Sugar Bowl at a Glance

Date: Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Time: 8:45 p.m. ET

Venue: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

TV: ESPN

Matchup: Georgia Bulldogs vs Baylor Bears

Odds: Georgia -7.5, total 42

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It wasn’t the end either team was looking for with both suffering a loss in their respective conference championship game. The Bears can cap off their miraculous turnaround with a second consecutive bowl win and fourth in a row overall. Just two years ago they went 1-11 in Matt Rhule’s first season and they took Oklahoma to overtime in the Big 12 title game before succumbing, 30-23.

They were impacted in that game by the loss of quarterback Charlie Brewer, who left in the first half with a concussion. He is expected to play on New Year’s Day and that’s a relief for the Bears against one of the top defenses in the country. Brewer is a big reason why Baylor averaged 35.2 points per game. He threw for nearly 3,000 yards completing 65.2 percent of his passes with 20 touchdowns and only six interceptions. The Bears lost in overtime to the Sooners in the Big 12 title game playing within the 9-point spread for their fifth straight cover. They are 9-4 ATS overall this season.

Needing a win over LSU in the SEC Championship to reach another CFP, the Dogs saw their dreams evaporate in the 37-10 loss. The game was an outlier for the defense, which hadn’t conceded more than 20 points in a game all season. Georgia ranks second nationally in points allowed per game at 12.5 and pitched three shutouts during the regular season. The Dogs are kicking themselves for an early season home loss to a 4-win South Carolina squad when they were favored by 20.5 points.

The total hit the board at 42 and that might be too much with two strong defensive clubs. Also, the Dogs could be without Dominick Blaylock and Lawrence Cager, who combined for 51 receptions, 786 yards and nine touchdowns. Those are big numbers for a team that averages just 227.2 passing yards per game. A bounce back game from Jake Fromm after her completed just 20 of 42 passes with two picks against LSU is much needed.

Sugar Bowl Format

Much like the Rose Bowl’s handshake agreement with the now Pac-12, the Sugar Bowl has a similar relationship with the SEC. From the 1950 edition through the 1995 season game, all but one had a SEC representative. The SEC’s opponent has varied over the years. The old Southwest Conference provided a team, as did the Big 8. The game has also featured major independent programs due to its lack of affiliation with another conference. The Big 12 has most recently stepped in to provide opposition.

The Sugar Bowl was a part of the BCS and hosted two national championships before the title tilt broke off on its own. Now a part of the CFP New Year’s Six, the Sugar Bowl is paired with the Rose Bowl and hosts a national semifinal on a three-year rotation. Ohio State beat Alabama in a 2014 semifinal and the Tide got a win in 2017, knocking off Clemson en route to the National Championship.

Allstate Sugar Bowl Results (Since 2000)

SEASON WINNING TEAM LOSING TEAM SCORE
2019 Texas Georgia 28-21
2018 Alabama Clemson 24-6
2017 Oklahoma Auburn 35-19
2016 Mississippi Oklahoma State 48-20
2015 Ohio State Alabama 42-35
2014 Oklahoma Alabama 45-31
2013 Louisville Florida 33-23
2012 Michigan Virginia Tech 23-20
2011 Ohio State Arkansas 31-26
2010 Florida Cincinnati 51-24
2009 Utah Alabama 31-17
2008 Georgia Hawaii 41-10
2007 LSU Notre Dame 41-14
2006 West Virginia Georgia 38-35
2005 Auburn Virginia Tech 16-13
2004 LSU Oklahoma 21-14
2003 Georgia Florida State 26-13
2002 LSU Illinois 47-34
2001 Miami, Fla. Florida 37-20
2000 Florida State Virginia Tech 46-29

With the SEC considered one of, if not the strongest football conference in the country, the Sugar Bowl has seen its share of great teams and great players. The game traditionally hosted the SEC champion against another top-tier opponent, though that arrangement has been altered slightly over the last 20 years due to bowl alliances and conference realignment.

The bowl has hosted four mythical national championship games in the past. The 1992 season ended with Alabama beating Miami in the Bowl Coalition title game. The Bowl Alliance had Florida against Florida State in the championship game following the 1996 season. The BCS Championship Game for the 1999 season saw Florida State beat Virginia Tech, and the Sugar Bowl hosted the BCS title game four years later with LSU defeating Oklahoma.

In years it doesn’t host a national semifinal, the bowl will pit the highest ranked SEC team against the highest ranked Big 12 squad according to the CFP. This arrangement started with the new playoff system, but it was delayed a year due to the game hosting a semifinal in the 2014 season.

CFP No. 4 Alabama extended its record of Sugar Bowl wins to nine by knocking off CFP No. 1 Clemson, 24-6, in the 2017 edition. It stopped a three-game Tide losing streak here and gave them their first Sugar Bowl title since the 1993 season.

Most All-Time Wins at Allstate Sugar Bowl

WINS TEAM YEARS WON
9 Alabama 1961, 1963, 1966, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1992, 2017
6 LSU 1958, 1964, 1967, 2001, 2003, 2006
6 Mississippi 1957, 1959, 1960, 1962, 1969, 2015
6 Oklahoma 1948, 1949, 1971, 1972, 2013, 2016
4 Florida State 1988, 1994, 1997, 1999
4 Georgia 1946, 1980, 2002, 2007
4 Georgia Tech 1943, 1952, 1953, 1955
4 Tennessee 1942, 1970, 1985, 1990
3 Florida 1993, 1996, 2009
3 Ohio State 1998, 2010, 2014
3 Nebraska 1974, 1984, 1986

It stands to reason that SEC teams would be littered throughout the list of squads that have competed in and won the most Sugar Bowls. Alabama is tops in both categories with nine wins in its 16 appearances. LSU has appeared in the second-most games and is tied with Ole Miss and Oklahoma in wins with six behind Alabama. The Tigers are the only program to lose three straight Sugar Bowls, falling in 1936, 1937 and 1938 with the last two at the hands of Santa Clara University.

The 2016 season playing pitted Big 12 champion Oklahoma against Auburn in what was Bob Stoops’ last game as coach of the Sooners. His team easily handled the Tigers, posting a 35-19 victory. It was Oklahoma’s second Sugar Bowl win in the last five games and their sixth overall. OU has the most bowl wins of any team not currently in the SEC.

The 2011 season game saw Michigan and Virginia Tech square off in the first Sugar Bowl since the 1999 season that didn’t include a school from the SEC. LSU and Alabama played for the National Championship that season and BCS rules prohibited a conference from having more than two teams in the BCS bowls.

The Sugar Bowl has hosted a team from 11 past and present conferences, along with a number of independent schools. However, we have never seen a Pac 12 team play in New Orleans.

2019-20 College Bowl Games Betting Schedule

DATE BOWL LOCATION / TIME MATCHUP
College Football Playoff
Dec 28 Peach Bowl Atlanta, GA / 4 PM No. 1 LSU vs. No. 4 Oklahoma
Dec 28 Fiesta Bowl Glendale, AZ / 8 PM No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 3 Clemson
Jan 13 CFP National Championship New Orleans, LA / 8 PM Semifinal Winners
Selection Committee Bowl Games
Dec 28 Cotton Bowl Arlington, TX / Noon No. 10 Penn State vs. No. 17 Memphis
Dec 30 Orange Bowl Miami Gardens, FL / 8 PM No. 9 Florida vs. No. 24 Virginia
Jan 1 Rose Bowl Pasadena, CA / 5 PM No. 6 Oregon vs. No. 8 Wisconsin
Jan 1 Sugar Bowl New Orleans, LA / 8:45 PM No. 5 Georgia vs. No. 7 Baylor
Other Bowl Games
Dec 20 Bahamas Bowl Nassau, Bahamas / 2 PM Buffalo vs. Charlotte
Dec 20 Frisco Bowl Frisco, TX / 7:30 PM Kent State vs. Utah State
Dec 21 Celebration Bowl Atlanta, GA / 12:00 PM Alcorn State vs. North Carolina A&T
Dec 21 New Mexico Bowl Albuquerque, NM / 2 PM Central Michigan vs. San Diego State
Dec 21 Cure Bowl Orlando, FL / 2:30 PM Liberty vs. Georgia Southern
Dec 21 Boca Raton Bowl Boca Raton, FL / 3:30 PM FAU vs. SMU
Dec 21 Camelia Bowl Montgomery, AL / 5:30 PM Arkansas State vs. Florida International
Dec 21 Las Vegas Bowl Las Vegas, NV / 7:30 PM No. 19 Boise State vs. Washington
Dec 21 New Orleans Bowl New Orleans, LA / 9 PM No. 20 Appalachian State vs. UAB
Dec 23 Gasparilla Bowl Tampa, FL / 2:30 PM Marshall vs. UCF
Dec 24 Hawaii Bowl Honolulu, HI / 8 PM BYU vs. Hawai'i
Dec 26 Independence Bowl Shreveport, LA / 4 PM Louisiana Tech vs. Miami (Fla.)
Dec 26 Quick Lane Bowl Detroit, MI / 8 PM Eastern Michigan vs. Pittsburgh
Dec 27 Military Bowl Annapolis, MD / Noon North Carolina vs. Temple
Dec 27 Pinstripe Bowl The Bronx, NY / 3:20 PM Michigan State vs. Wake Forest
Dec 27 Texas Bowl Houston, TX / 6:45 PM No. 25 Oklahoma State vs. Texas A&M
Dec 27 Holiday Bowl San Diego, CA / TBA No. 16 Iowa vs. No. 22 Southern California
Dec 27 Cheez-It Bowl Phoenix, AZ / 10:15 PM Air Force vs. Washington State
Dec 28 Camping World Bowl Orlando, FL / Noon No. 15 Notre Dame vs. Iowa State
Dec 30 First Responder Bowl University Park, TX / 12:30 PM Western Kentucky vs. Western Michigan
Dec 30 Music City Bowl Nashville, TN / 4 PM Louisville vs. Mississippi State
Dec 30 Redbox Bowl Santa Clara, CA / TBA California vs. Illinois
Dec 31 Belk Bowl Charlotte, NC / Noon Kentucky vs. Virginia Tech
Dec 31 Sun Bowl El Paso, TX / 2 PM Arizona State vs. Florida State
Dec 31 Arizona Bowl Tucson, AZ / 4:30 PM Georgia State vs. Wyoming
Dec 31 Alamo Bowl San Antonio, TX / 7:30 PM No. 11 Utah vs. Texas
Dec 31 Liberty Bowl Mephis, TN / 3:45 PM Kansas State vs. Navy
Jan 1 Outback Bowl Tampa, FL / 1 PM No. 12 Auburn vs. No. 18 Minnesota
Jan 1 Citrus Bowl Orlando, FL / 1 PM No. 13 Alabama vs. No. 14 Michigan
Jan 2 Birmingham Bowl Birmingham, AL / 3 PM No. 21 Cincinnati vs. Boston College
Jan 2 Gator Bowl Jacksonville, FL / 7 PM Indiana vs. Tennessee
Jan 3 Idaho Potato Bowl Boise, ID / 3:30 PM Nevada vs. Ohio
Jan 4 Armed Forces Bowl Fort Worth, TX / 11:30 AM Southern Miss vs. Tulane
Jan 6 LendingTree Bowl Mobile, AL / 7:30 PM Louisiana-Lafayette vs. Miami (Ohio)

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