Texas vs Georgia 2019 Sugar Bowl Betting Lines & Preview.

Texas vs Georgia 2019 Sugar Bowl Betting Lines & Preview

Written by on December 31, 2018

Terrific Sugar Bowl matchup on New Year’s night as No. 15 Texas and No. 5 Georgia square off from New Orleans. Both marquee programs lost in the conference title games – Georgia had top-ranked Alabama beaten but blew a chance to play in the national semifinals. Still, the Dawgs are solid favorites at the latest Mybookie Sportsbook NCAAF Odds.

Texas vs Georgia 2019 Sugar Bowl Betting Lines & Preview

 

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Bowl History

This will be the 14th Sugar Bowl meeting between teams that now make up the Big 12 and SEC. The last Big 12-SEC meeting in the Sugar Bowl was the 2017 game when Oklahoma posted a 35-19 victory over Auburn. The Big 12 holds an 8-5 advantage entering this year’s game. Both Texas head coach Tom Herman and Georgia’s head coach Kirby Smart will be making their Sugar Bowl coaching debuts. Texas and Georgia are tied for second all-time in bowl appearances (behind Alabama’s 66) with 54.

This will be the fifth all-time meeting between Texas and Georgia. UT has won three of the four, last in 1958.

Weather Forecast

  • Chance of Rain: 17°C/63°F
  • Humidity: 95%
  • Precipitation: 61%
  • Cloud Cover: 80%
  • Wind: 5 mph NE

Why Bet on Texas?

Texas will be making its fourth Sugar Bowl appearance, first since 1995, with a 1-2 record. The Longhorns have an overall bowl record of 28-24-2.

The Longhorns improved in coach Tom Herman’s second season, going 9-4 with victories over Oklahoma and Iowa State. They haven’t won 10 games in a season since 2009. After going 1-4 against ranked teams in 2017, the Longhorns have gone 4-2 against ranked foes this season. Texas has defeated No. 7 Oklahoma, No. 17 TCU, No. 18 Iowa State and No. 22 USC this season. Their four wins against ranked foes are tied with LSU, Georgia and Notre Dame for second-most in the country.

Sophomore Sam Ehlinger has completed 256-of-398 (64.3%) passes for 3,123 yards (6th in school history) and 25 touchdowns this season. He has also rushed for 418 yards and 13 scores. The most rushing TDs by a UT QB in school history is 14. Ehlinger’s 38 touchdowns accounted for are tied for second-most in school history with Vince Young in 2005. Colt McCoy has the school record of 45 in 2008. Ehlinger has thrown just five interceptions.

Junior wide receivers Lil’Jordan Humphrey and Collin Johnson have combined for 144 receptions, 2,054 yards, and 16 touchdowns so far this season. Forty FBS teams have at least one receiver with 65-plus catches this season, but Texas is one of just seven to have two receivers with 65-or-more catches.

Why Bet on Georgia?

Georgia will be making its 10th Sugar Bowl appearance and its first since a 41-10 victory over Hawaii in the 2008 game. The Bulldogs have a 4-5 all-time mark. They have an overall record of 30-19-3 in their 54 bowl games.

Last year, in Kirby Smart’s second season at Georgia, the Bulldogs lost to Alabama in overtime of the National Championship Game. Georgia argued it was one of the four best teams in the country after blowing a 14-point lead against Alabama in the SEC championship game. But the Dawgs just missed out on the College Football Playoff again. The Bulldogs’ only other loss this season came in the state of Louisiana on the road at LSU, where the Tigers defeated Georgia, 36-16, in mid-October. Georgia also has four wins over ranked opponents this season.

Texas vs Georgia is going to be an offensive battle.

Dawgs tailback D’Andre Swift was bothered by a nagging groin injury early in the season. But he was healthy down the stretch, running for 100 yards or more in four of the past six games. He finished with 1,037 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns.

Georgia is on pace to have one of the best scoring averages in UGA history this season. The Bulldogs have scored 40+ points in seven games this year and are averaging 39.2, which is second in the SEC and 13th nationally. The 2014 team owns the school record at 41.3 ppg. The Bulldog offense has scored 61 touchdowns in 2018 while the defense and special teams have each chipped in two scores.

Jake Fromm, a 2018 Manning Award finalist, is 23-4 as a starter, including 8-4 versus Top 25 teams. He is on pace to set the school record for completion percentage at 68.4. He leads the SEC and ranks 8th nationally. Georgia’s school record is 67.9 by Hutson Mason in 2014. Fromm is ranked third nationally in Passing Efficiency at 175.81, which would be a school record. Junior Riley Ridley leads the wideouts with 39 catches for 509 yards and nine touchdowns, which is tied for second in school history.

Georgia is 15th nationally in Scoring Defense, allowing just 18.5 points/game. All-America candidate PK Rodrigo Blankenship enters the Sugar Bowl with an SEC-leading 119 points on the year (19 FGs, 62 PATs).

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Texas vs Georgia 2019 Sugar Bowl Betting Trends

  • Longhorns are 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 games following a straight up loss
  • Longhorns are 13-6-2 ATS vs. a team with a winning record
  • Bulldogs are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games following an ATS win
  • Bulldogs are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 non-conference games
  • Texas is 9-3 SU in its last 12 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 17 of Texas’s last 25 games
  • Georgia is 11-2 SU in its last 13 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of Georgia’s last 7 games

Expert 2019 Sugar Bowl Prediction for Texas vs Georgia

Georgia might be flat knowing how close it came to the playoff. Take the points.