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College Sports: Texas headed to New Orleans, set to face Georgia in Allstate Sugar Bowl

AUSTIN — As expected, the Longhorns are heading to Nola.

No. 15 Texas (9-4, 7-3 Big 12) will face No. 5 Georgia (11-2, 7-2 SEC) in the Allstate Sugar Bowl in New Orleans on Jan. 1. Kickoff from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome is set for 7:45 p.m. on ESPN.

It’s the first New Year’s Six bowl appearance for the Longhorns in the College Football Playoff era. This will also be Texas’ fourth Sugar Bowl appearance all time.

“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.”

In the end, Texas’ 39-27 loss to Oklahoma on Saturday in the Big 12 championship game at AT&T Stadium didn’t really matter as far as the Longhorns’ bowl prospects.

Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said prior to kickoff that a win over the Sooners would give Texas the Sugar Bowl. A loss, as transpired on Saturday, and all Texas needed to happen to make the Sugar Bowl was for Oklahoma to move up into the College Football Playoff.

On Sunday, the Sooners jumped Georgia to claim the fourth and final spot in the Playoff. The Bulldogs lost Saturday’s SEC championship game in Atlanta to No. 1 Alabama. Had Georgia beaten Alabama, there was a good chance both teams would have made the Playoff, which would have likely sent Oklahoma to the Sugar Bowl and Texas to the Alamo Bowl. 

Texas fell one spot from No. 14 to No. 15 in Sunday’s final CFP rankings.

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.

Last month, the two programs agreed to a home-and-home series scheduled for the 2028 and 2029 seasons. Texas hosts Georgia in Austin in 2028, before the Longhorns head to Athens in 2029.

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

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