ATHENS — Georgia football has opened as an 11 1/2-point favorite over Texas in the Sugar Bowl.
The No. 5-ranked Bulldogs (11-2) play the No. 15-ranked Longhorns (9-4) at 8:45 p.m. on Jan. 1 in the New Orleans SuperDome, site of one of the prestigious New Year’s Six Bowls.
The Orange Bowl (No. 1 Alabama 13-0 vs. No. 4 Oklahoma 12-1, at 8 p.m.) and the Cotton Bowl (No. 2 Clemson 13-0 vs. No. 3 Notre Dame 12-0, at 4 p.m.) are hosting the College Football Playoff Semifinals on Dec. 29.
The other New Year’s Six Bowl matchups feature:
• No. 10 Florida (9-3) vs. No. 7 Michigan (10-2) in the Peach Bowl, noon Dec. 29
• No. 8 UCF (12-0) vs. No. 11 LSU (9-3) in the Fiesta Bowl, 1 p.m. Jan. 1
• No. 9 Washington (10-3) vs. No. 6 Ohio State (12-1) in the Rose Bowl, 5 p.m. on Jan. 1
This will be Georgia’s 10th trip to the Sugar Bowl, and it’s the Bulldogs first since a 41-10 win over Hawaii in the 2008 event.
Against the spread
Georgia is 8-5 against the spread this season, beating the line in four of the past five games including the SEC Championship Game.
The Bulldogs were a 12-point underdog against Alabama, but Georgia easily covered, controlling most of the game before falling 35-28.
Texas is 5-7 against the spread with a push, but the Longhorns have failed to cover in their past two games.
Texas was a 15.5-point favorite over Kansas in its regular season finale, but it managed only to beat the Jayhawks 24-17. In the Big 12 Championship Game on Saturday, the Longhorns were a 9.5-point favorite and lost to Oklahoma 39-27.
Other SEC teams
Alabama -14 vs. Oklahoma
South Carolina -3.5 vs. Virginia
Michigan -7.5 vs. Florida, Peach Bowl
Auburn -3.5 vs. Purdue
Vanderbilt -2.5 vs. Baylor, Texas Bowl
Missouri -4.4 vs. Oklahoma State
Mississippi State -4 vs. Iowa
Texas A&M -3 vs. North Carolina State
Penn State -7 vs. Kentucky LSU -10 over UCF
Georgia football SEC Championship Game
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