Georgia lands Sugar Bowl game against Texas

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Georgia was oh-so-close to knocking off top-ranked Alabama in the Southeastern Conference championship game and earning a spot in the College Football Playoff.

Instead, the Bulldogs will settle for an intriguing matchup against Texas in the Sugar Bowl on New Year's Day in New Orleans. It's the first time the two powerhouse programs have played since the Cotton Bowl on Jan. 2, 1984.

Georgia (11-2, 7-1 SEC) is led by D'Andre Swift and Elijah Holyfield, an impressive tandem of running backs who have combined for nearly 2,000 yards on the ground this season. The Bulldogs' only two losses were to LSU during the regular season, and the 35-28 loss to the Tide on Saturday.

Texas (9-4, 7-2) enjoyed a breakout regular season and has a chance to win 10 games for the first time since 2009. The Longhorns lost to Oklahoma on Saturday in the Big 12 championship game.

Georgia (11-2, 7-1 Southeastern Conference) vs. Texas (9-4, 7-2 Big 12), Jan. 1, 8:45 p.m. ET (ESPN)

LOCATION: New Orleans

TOP PLAYERS

Georgia: The Bulldogs are led by D'Andre Swift and Elijah Holyfield, a pair of excellent running backs. Swift has run for 1,037 yards and 10 touchdowns while Holyfield has been nearly as productive with 956 yards on the ground and seven touchdowns.

Texas: Receiver Lil'Jordan Humphrey has caught 79 passes for 1,109 yards and nine touchdowns this season. The 6-foot-4, 225-pound junior has been quarterback Sam Ehlinger's favorite target all season. Ehlinger has thrown for 3,123 yards, 25 touchdowns and five interceptions.

NOTABLE

Georgia: The Bulldogs are coming off a hard-fought 35-28 loss to Alabama in the SEC championship game on Saturday. The Georgia defense is giving up just 18.5 points per game this season.

Texas: Oklahoma pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat the Longhorns 39-27 in the Big 12 championship game on Saturday. Overall, it's been a breakout season for Texas, which has a chance to win 10 games for the first time since 2009. That season the Longhorns won 13 games before losing to Alabama in the BCS national championship.

LAST TIME

Georgia 10, Texas 9, Cotton Bowl, Jan. 2, 1984.

BOWL HISTORY

Georgia: 10th Sugar Bowl appearance, 55th bowl appearance overall.

Texas: 4th Sugar Bowl appearance, 55th bowl appearance overall.