5 Reasons the Texas Longhorns Will Upset Georgia in the Sugar Bowl
Disclaimer: I'm pulling for the local Longhorns to win a close game in New Orleans as I watch from the upper deck with my wife Lindsay on New Years Day, so I'm not a neutral author. However, I do think you'll enjoy the take.
Here are 5 reasons to get excited about the potential of our Horns besting the top ranked Georgia Bulldogs.
1. Georgia is bored/disappointed with their final season rankings...and this game.
Although both schools are coming off of a loss, the Georgia locker room is hurting more than the Longhorns'.
After coming within just a few points of keeping alive their dreams playing for the National Championship for the second straight year, Georgia instead got left out of the top-4 team playoff and were alternatively slated to play the University of Texas, who in contrast, is coming off arguably their best season regular season in almost a decade.
Interesting to note, Georgia gave up 27 points to UMass. Yes, University of Massachusetts, who had lost 8 games this year (and just been rolled by 4 touchdowns by BYU) during a lull in their SEC schedule, just 28 days ago when they were favored to win by 43.5 against the lowly Minutemen.
2. Georgia lets quarterbacks run wild.
Sam Ellinger is one of the top dual threat quarterbacks in the nation; he's rushed for over 400 yards and 13 touchdowns this season, aside from his 25 TDs and over 3,100 yards through the air. Averaging around 30 yards rushing per game from the pocket and around a TD on the ground per game, he may just be the kryptonite to hand Georgia it's 3rd loss of the season.
...Austin Peay's QB averaged 5.3 yards per carry against the Bulldogs.
...Missouri's QB ran for over 20 yards against UGA.
...Alabama's QB ran for 28 yards...
...Florida's QB ran for 30 yards...
...their rival Georgia Tech's QB ran for almost 40 yards against them...
... and in their mid season loss, LSU's QB ran for 66 yards against UGA while throwing for 200...
Sam Ellinger has topped 30 yards EIGHT times already this season, while averaging 270 yards passing in those games.
3. Georgia is distracted.
2nd string Georgia QB and highly recruited Justin Fields came out to the media this week and announced he's looking to transfer. Typically, when a star player publicly communicates frustration, it opens the door for other highly recruited players inside the locker room to begin talking more about their individual needs than the team's needs. That's a recipe for disaster.
Adding to that, several key coaches have already left the program for their new roles after the Alabama loss from 2 weeks ago.
4. Although he's coming off an injury, the Longhorns MVP Sam Ellinger is heating up.
Even though Ellinger was the 1st Longhorn QB to start a season with 4 games of 200 yds and 2 TDS, Ellinger's passing yards per attempt have increased with each month of the season, signaling that perhaps his and his play caller's confidence is increasing with each week.
Three of Ellinger's four 300-yd passing games have come in the 2nd half of the season.
Also, consider that Ellinger's QB rating this season has been 134.9 against non-conference teams, and climbs to 152.9 against conferences foes, then skyrockets to a whopping 158.1 against his top competition, AP-ranked teams, like Georgia.
UT went 2-2 vs AP ranked teams this season.
5. The Longhorns want this win more.
This would be Texas' first big bowl appearance since playing Alabama back in 2010 for the BCS Championship (think Jordan Shipley), the year after Colt McCoy ousted Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl.
For Georgia, they've won this would be their 6th bowl win in the last 7 years, including an appearance in last year's National Championship.
Be sure to tune in on New Year's Day to see who brings the trophy back to their home city. And look for us on TV as they break away to commercials :)
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