No. 6 Georgia, No. 14 Texas clash in Sugar Bowl showdown
Sugar Bowl: No. 6 Georgia (11-2, No. 5 College Football Playoff) vs. No. 14 Texas (9-4, No. 15 CFP) at New Orleans, Tuesday, 8:45 p.m. EST (ESPN)
Line: Georgia by 12½.
Series Record: Texas leads 3-1.
WHAT’S AT STAKE
Texas is trying to cap an impressive season under second-year coach Tom Herman and provide further proof that it’s on track to be back among the nation’s elite programs. Georgia is out to prove it would have been a better selection for the College Football Playoff, even after losing to Alabama in the SEC championship game.
Texas’ defense vs. Georgia’s running game: The Longhorns‘ defensive front, led by Charles Omenihu, will try to slow down a Georgia running game that’s been very productive season. D’Andre Swift has run for 1,037 yards and 10 touchdowns while Elijah Holyfield has been nearly as productive with 956 yards and seven touchdowns.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Georgia: QB Jake Fromm: He’s not mentioned among the nation’s great quarterbacks very often, but Fromm has quietly had a very good season. He was excellent against Alabama in the SEC title game, throwing for 301 yards and three touchdowns.
Texas: WR Lil’Jordan Humphrey: The 6-foot-4, 225-pound junior has been a favorite target for quarterback Sam Ehlinger, catching 79 passes for 1,109 yards and nine touchdowns this season.
FACTS & FIGURES
Georgia has the second longest active bowl streak in the country at 22. The Bulldogs trail Virginia Tech, which is at 26. … Georgia’s senior class will be going for its 43rd win on Tuesday. … Georgia’s Fromm has a 23-4 record as the starting quarterback, including an 8-4 record against ranked opponents. … Georgia is giving up just 18.5 points per game, which ranks 15th nationally. … Texas has played in nine one-possession games this season and has a 6-3 record in those games. … Texas’ Omenihu has 9 ½ sacks this season, which is the most in the program since 2013. … Texas safety Caden Sterns has four interceptions this season, which is tied for the most by a true freshman in program history.