The fifth ranked Georgia Bulldogs were left out of the College Football Playoff party, however a nice consolation for the ‘Dawgs will be facing the Texas Longhorns at the Allstate Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, Louisiana January 1. Georgia is the highest ranked Southeastern Conference team to not play in the Playoffs. However, Head Coach Kirby Smart was pleased with the decision.

“I wasn’t surprised by it,” said Georgia coach Kirby Smart on just missing the playoffs. “We did what we could, went out and played a great Alabama football team in what was a great football game, but we respect the decision of the committee and certainly respect the job they have to do in making that decision.”

The Texas Longhorns come into the game 9-3, ranked 15th in the latest College Football Playoff poll, and after a 39-27 loss to the Oklahoma Sooners in the Big XII Championship game, many projections came true as they were selected to play in the Sugar Bowl.

“What a tremendous reward it is for our players to compete in a prestigious New Year’s Day bowl game like the Sugar Bowl,” Texas coach Tom Herman said in a statement Sunday. “I’m extremely proud of what the team has accomplished this season, and earning a spot in a big-time game like this, against a tremendous opponent like Georgia, is a huge step for our program. We couldn’t be happier with this opportunity and are excited to get back to work and prepare to try to go 1-0 in the Sugar Bowl.”

When the Longhorns face Georgia on Jan. 1 at the Superdome, it will be the first meeting between the two programs since Jan., 2, 1984, in the Cotton Bowl. The seventh-ranked Bulldogs beat second-ranked Texas that day, 10-9.

The two programs agreed to a home-and-home series scheduled for the 2028 and 2029 seasons. Texas hosts Georgia in Austin in 2028, and the Longhorns will face the Bulldogs in Athens in 2029.

Texas leads the all-time series over Georgia, 3-1.

Kirby Smart speaks during SEC Media Days at the College Football Hall of Fame on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by: Itoro N. Umontuen)

Itoro Umontuen currently serves as Managing Editor of The Atlanta Voice. Upon his arrival to the historic publication, he served as their Director of Photography. As a mixed-media journalist, Umontuen...

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