Sugar Bowl performance could make lasting impact on Longhorns

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NEW ORLEANS (KXAN) — Not many are giving Texas much of a chance in the Sugar Bowl against Georgia and that thought is warranted

The Bulldogs, based off the College Football Playoff semifinals results, are legitimately one of the best teams in the country. Texas is building a program back to a championship level after losing in the Big 12 title game to Oklahoma.

The Longhorns made a lot of positive moves during the 2018 season that should be encouraging for the future, but Georgia is an elite challenge.

Tom Herman’s Texas teams thrive in the underdog role and they’ll have to play with the bigger edge for a chance to be celebrating in New Orleans.

Georgia is what Texas wants to become with a powerful running game that controls the tempo and a defense that stops the run. For Texas to win, the Longhorns will need to stop Georgia running back Elijah Holyfield and quarterback Sam Ehlinger will have to play his best on the biggest stage.

Texas should be at full strength which can’t be said for Georgia. Thorpe award-winning cornerback Deandre Baker is sitting out the game as he prepares for the NFL Draft. Two of Georgia’s best defensive linemen are questionable to play due to injury.

Another question looming around Georgia is how much fight will they have for a bowl game they don’t want to be in. Missing out on the College Football Playoff after playing for the National Championship a season ago is an interesting mental hurdle Georgia will have to clear.

Texas and Georgia are playing for the first time since the 1984 Cotton Bowl when the Bulldogs won 10-9. The Longhorns are playing in their first Sugar Bowl since 1995, a loss to Virginia Tech.

Kickoff from New Orleans is set for 7:45 PM.

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