Allstate Sugar Bowl Looks at Big 12-SEC 2015The Allstate Sugar Bowl secured its future through January 2026 with the announcement that it would host the champions of the Southeastern and Big 12 Conferences in eight of the 12 years between 2014 and 2025. If the champion of either or both leagues is selected for the College Football Playoff, a replacement team from that conference will play in the Sugar Bowl. In the four seasons that the Sugar Bowl is not hosting the Big 12 and the SEC (2014, 2017, 2020, 2023), it will serve as a College Football Playoff Semifinal.
After last year’s Playoff Semifinal game, this year’s Allstate Sugar Bowl will be the first as the official destination for the top available teams from the Big 12 and the SEC. To lead into the season, the Bowl is providing brief previews of each team in the leagues.
Georgia2014 Record: 10-3 (6-2)
Athlon: Peach Bowl vs. Florida State
Sporting News: Fiesta Bowl vs. Clemson
Phil Steele: Allstate Sugar Bowl vs. Baylor
ESPN (Schlabach): Allstate Sugar Bowl vs. Baylor
ESPN (McMurphy): Peach Bowl vs. Clemson
AP: Allstate Sugar Bowl vs. TCU
CBS Sports: Citrus Bowl vs. Penn State
Nick Chubb (So., RB): 219 carries for 1,547 yards with 14 TDs; 18 receptions for 213 yards and 2 TDs
Jordan Jenkins (Sr., OLB): 70 total tackles, 9-1/2 TFL, 5 sacks, 2 FF, 2 FR and 1 PBU
Marshall Morgan (Sr., K): 67-of-68 PATs; 16-of-21 FGs, long of 53 yards; SEC scoring leader
Greg Pyke (Jr., OG): Helped UGA average 257.8 yards per game; AP Second team All-SEC
Dominick Sanders (So. S): 5 tackles vs. Florida; 22-yard interception return at No. 23 Missouri; 54-yard fumble return at Arkansas
Georgia led the SEC in rushing yards last season with 3,352 yards. Nick Chubb, the leading rusher with 1,594 yards, returns along with eight of the 11 players who contributed to those rushing yards last season.
Key Early Games
Sept. 12 at Vanderbilt (2:30 p.m. CT, CBS): The Bulldogs have won 18 of the last 20 meetings between these Eastern Division foes, including last year’s 44-17 blowout in Athens. However, the last trip to Nashville was not as enjoyable for them as the Commodores snapped the Bulldogs’ 10-win streak in Nashville with a 31-27 win.
Sept. 19 vs. South Carolina (5 p.m. CT, ESPN): Georgia heads back home in week three for one of the more enjoyable SEC East rivalries. South Carolina has won four of the last five overall and is 2-2 in its last four trips to Athens so the Bulldogs will be looking to jump ahead on that stat in front of their home crowd.
Jordan Jenkins (@jordanOLB on Twitter, Watch Highlights) enters his senior season listed on Phil Steele and Athlon’s preseason All-SEC First Team list. In 2014, he was awarded UGA’s Most Improved Player of the Year. Playing outside linebacker, Jenkins recorded 70 total tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss and five sacks. He was a semi-finalist for the prestigious Butkus Award, given to the top linebacker in the country. “I still get a lot of anxiety. I’m ready to get back out there. I really hate the days without pads because I just want to get back out there and hit somebody,” Jenkins said about starting camp. “After watching a lot of film, like we have been doing today, you get excited and ready for the season to start, but you know you have to go through the two weeks of camp to get there.”
The No. 13 Georgia Bulldogs used a strong defensive effort to take a 34-0 shutout win over No. 23 Missouri in front of a sold out Memorial Stadium and a nationally televised CBS audience in Columbia, Mo., on Saturday, Oct. 11. The game featured one of the most impressive offensive plays of the season as sophomore tailback Brendan Douglas leaped, twisted and flipped into the end zone.
The Bulldogs have appeared in nine Sugar Bowls, including three in a row in the 1980s and the only Sugar Bowl played outside of the state of Louisiana in 2006 due to Hurricane Katrina. Coincidentally, it was played in their home state at the Georgia Dome. They have a 4-5 all-time record, but are 2-1 under head coach Mark Richt.
In the 1981 Sugar Bowl, Georgia defeated Notre Dame, 17-10, to win its first consensus national title. Notre Dame outrushed, out-passed, and out first-downed Georgia, but freshman running back Herschel Walker finished with 150 yards, 55 in the second half. The Heisman Trophy winner’s performance against the Irish was especially noteworthy, not only because the 17-10 victory gave the Bulldogs the national title but because he did it under extreme duress: he separated a shoulder early in the game, but still played well enough to score two touchdowns and be named MVP. The 150 yards he gained came against a defense that hadn’t given up as much as 100 to any opponent during the regular season. “I don’t know how good we are,” head coach Vince Dooley said, “but I do know we’re 12-0 and nobody else is.”