Only one game remains on the New Year’s Day — and New Year’s 6 — slate Wednesday: No. 5 Georgia vs. No. 8 Baylor in the Sugar Bowl.
Both the Bulldogs and Bears enter this game coming off disappointing losses, although in different fashion. Georgia was manhandled 37-10 by No. 1 LSU in the SEC championship game, getting run out of virtually its own house in the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. A win there would have got the Bulldogs to their second College Football Playoff in three seasons. But a second straight loss in the conference title game instead earned them a second straight Sugar Bowl berth.
Baylor also had Playoff aspirations heading into conference championship weekend. But the Bears lost their second hard-fought game to Oklahoma, this time 30-23, to fall out of Playoff contention. That said, Baylor had one of its best seasons in program history under Sporting News Coach of the Year Matt Rhule, going 11-2 two seasons after going 1-11. The Bears will put everything on the line for Rhule on Wednesday — can the same be said for Georgia, which will be without several starters and came out flat against Texas in this game last season?
Check out Sporting News’ live updates, highlights and score changes for Georgia vs. Baylor:
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(Kickoff is at 8 p.m. ET. Updates will begin at that time).