Bowl scenarios: It’s anywhere from Sugar Bowl to Chick-fil-A for Dogs

Where is Georgia going to play in a bowl game?

Excellent question, and one that’s impossible to answer at this point. Now if you couch it to ask, where might the Bulldogs go bowling?, we can give that one a go.

Much is going to depend on the outcome of today’s game between Georgia and Georgia Tech, and other rivalry games as well. Suffice it to say, a Bulldogs’ win — which would be their 10th in a row –  puts them in a very favorable position. However, a loss to the Jackets followed by another one to LSU makes Georgia a bit of a problem for the bowl bosses.

Regardless, Georgia should end up in one of these five bowl games:

  • Allstate Sugar Bowl, New Orleans, Jan. 3: The Bulldogs get here only if they beat LSU in the SEC Championship Game. They would be representing the league as SEC champion, then could hang around six days in New Orleans to catch LSU and/or Alabama play in the Allstate BCS National Championship Game on Jan. 9.
  • Capital One Bowl, Orlando, Jan. 2: The Cap One folks have a tough decision — take a 10-2, top-10-ranked Arkansas team or a Georgia team that will be coming off a loss in the SEC championship game. Go ahead and cross off this option if the Dogs lose to Georgia Tech. And even if Georgia beats the Jackets, it still might look like an easy choice for the Razorbacks based on record and ranking. However, economic factors such as travel and attendance make it less obvious. The majority of the fanbase being within easy driving distance could work in UGA’s favor.
  • Outback Bowl, Tampa, Jan. 2: This would seem the most likely destination if the Cap One passes on the SEC loser. But you never know what this volatile bowl selection group might do. They could decide to pick South Carolina on the argument the Gamecocks won head-to-head against Georgia, especially if they can beat Clemson. Auburn could enter the picture with a win over Alabama or Florida with a win over FSU.
  • AT&T Cotton Bowl, Dallas, Jan. 6: Expect a real tug-of-war between the Cotton Bowl and the Cap One for Arkansas. Dallas is a traditional destination for the former Southwest Conference-dwelling Hogs and their fans will certainly travel well there, especially not having been back since 2007. Then again, Georgia hasn’t played there since beating Texas 10-9 in 1984 and a lot of Bulldog fans have expressed interest in going back.
  • Chick-fil-A Bowl, Atlanta, Dec. 31: Lopsided losses to Tech and/or LSU could seriously jeopardize the Bulldogs cachet in the bowl hierarchy. But the SEC now has a “protection system” designed to keep the loser of the SEC title game from slipping too far. By contract, Commissioner Mike Slive can call on any of the non-BCS bowls in the SEC’s alliance and ask them to protect the SEC loser. It’s unlikely Slive would let Georgia slip past the Outback or Cotton. Nevertheless, Chick-fil-A Bowl President Gary Stokan told me himself he would protect Georgia from getting past them.

As you can see, the outcomes of today’s rivalry games will have a profound effect on the bowl scenario as we know it. So you might as well settle in and watch. By Saturday night, the picture should sharpen considerably.

293 comments Add your comment

John Galt

November 26th, 2011
6:40 am

Next Saturday IS a bowl game; handle Tech today and be ready to play.

All options are better than we anticipated 2 months ago.

The hedge

November 26th, 2011
6:41 am

FanSince59

November 26th, 2011
6:43 am

After Les Miles rubs Richt out in the SEC CG, you can bet sugar “won’t be falling from the sky” on Richt this bowl season. Bama should go to the Sugar Bowl as the 2nd best SEC team.

Big Canoe

November 26th, 2011
6:45 am

buckblue

November 26th, 2011
6:55 am

No Sugar here…..the Tigers are coming to town….they better nutt up or it could get ugly…..good luck with the Techtesters today…..

Joey

November 26th, 2011
6:55 am

Just beat Tech.

reddog

November 26th, 2011
6:58 am

let bama and lsu repeat for the nc game,nobody else could come close to beating lsu. dawgs better play strong today, decent next week and go to tampa.

Joey

November 26th, 2011
7:05 am

No doubt LSU is outstanding. They should have to play the Packers in a bowl. I do think we have a better running game, defense, and a more mobile QB than ARK.

So I guess the Tigers will only beat us 34-20?

I never, ever pull for Auburn, but I damn sure am today. I want ESPN’s little rematch party going FUBAR today.

Palm City Dawg

November 26th, 2011
7:12 am

JUNKYARD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

UGA, who are we

November 26th, 2011
7:13 am

These next 3 games will either define or expose UGA. Beat Tech, keep it very close or beat LSU then UGA is back.

1969 Graduate

November 26th, 2011
7:14 am

It all starts with Georgia’s defense. Nothing matters today except beating Tech. Beating Tech means our defense gets a real test, maybe the first one we’ve had.

That said, it is possible for UGA to defeat LSU. We won’t have a shot a beating LSU unless we have a good game against Tech. Too much of football is mental, and we have to have the mental component which will only come from not just beating Tech, but beating them with a good game.

If we’re going to beat LSU, we’re going to beat them first on defense.

Same with Tech. Defense is first in our strategy for both of our next two games.

Defense is our strong suit, so we have a chance, but we don’t really know yet just how good our defense really is. Gotta practice defense today, control Tech, and have defense tuned up for LSU.

The key question in the Arkansas/LSU game was whether the Arkansas defense could deal with the LSU offense. We knew LSU had a good enough defense, but did Arkansas? We now know the answer there.

Georgia’s defense is the question mark for both the Tech game, and the LSU game. If our defense is as good as it might be, we have a chance in both games, but it starts with our practice today at Grant Field.

Good defense against Tech leads to good defense against LSU leads to Sugar.

Tech is a major test for this Georgia team, especially our defense. We think our defense is good. Let’s find out.

Tech is the only bowl we have to be concerned about today.

Go, Bulldogs.

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coloradobulldog

November 26th, 2011
7:17 am

So FanSince59, how in the world do you come up with a scenario of LSU winning SEC Championship and #2 ranked Bama going to Sugar Bowl and not the NC game? Are you assuming Bama loses to Auburn or that voters will put Houston or some other team above Bama in final vote?

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North ave. faithful

November 26th, 2011
7:19 am

Just want to go on record to say i hope the dawgs play 500 ball over the next to games, yes i still think they can upset lsu. Hope both teams play injury free today, and as always GO JACKETS!!!!

Frank

November 26th, 2011
7:24 am

Bama doesn’t play Dec3rd……. which could hurt them………Ok ST. Beats OK and jumps over BAMA into 2nd place…This may happen….

Bill Heller

November 26th, 2011
7:27 am

Georgia should go to the Richway Bowl!

Destin Dawg

November 26th, 2011
7:37 am

Just beat Tech.. it should be fun to see what Grantham’s Junkyard Dawg defense can do against the option ground game.. I think we’ll out man “em… probably go to Florida for a bowl game.. Go Dawgs !!

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nub

November 26th, 2011
7:38 am

The BCS system is broke…. !!!! How can a team that dosen’t win it’s conference championship play for the national title… ?

Brooksdawg

November 26th, 2011
7:42 am

One thing about this Tech game and the DAWG D… It will prep GA for the option, qb run that was killing ARK yesterday. I just hope there isn’t any injuries from the cut blocks today. GATA

mlane

November 26th, 2011
7:52 am

Love the Dawgs, but we are the 4th best team in the SEC. LSU will expose our defense for what it really is. We have not played a top 15 ranked team since September. Our strength of schedule is laughable.

Emerald Bowl

November 26th, 2011
7:52 am

We miss you Tech

Tech

November 26th, 2011
8:04 am

We miss you too.

Your nuts are to die for.

just a fan

November 26th, 2011
8:04 am

I hope the Cotton Bowl takes us never been and think it would be a great time but geographically it makes more sense for us to play in one of the 2 bowls in Florida and Arkansas to play in the Cotton

Dawglasville

November 26th, 2011
8:04 am

Just beat Tech. Just beat Tech. Just beat Tech.

Spike

November 26th, 2011
8:11 am

Enjoy Shreveport, Tech. Or El Paso.

Johnny Carson

November 26th, 2011
8:13 am

What does a Tech couple use for birth control you ask??

Their personalties!!

tenn.DAWG

November 26th, 2011
8:14 am

I just want to see’em leave it all on the field,play downhill and GATA !!!

Big time?? Not

November 26th, 2011
8:14 am

Four tickets, four hot dogs four cokes. Nerds.

MassiveDawg

November 26th, 2011
8:15 am

With a Dawg win over Ga Tech and LSU’ and an Alabama Loss to Auburn, and Stanford Loss to Notre Dame, and OK State Loss to Oklahoma. Georgia plays for the National Title!

TampaGator

November 26th, 2011
8:16 am

What happens if Tech beats Georgia today? Does all that sugar in the sky begin to melt all over the Georgia fans’ furry? Do they begin to feel like that famous hobnailed boot has kicked them in the head and stomped all over them? Do they begin to see Lindsey running, Lindsey running…..from her Tech boyfriend forever? Oh My Gosh! What happens if Tech wins? Will the loss strike Dawq fans in the gut and cause them to once again rip their hearts out right in from of Mark Richt and use them as a sacrifice to the football gods to get Kirby Smart to leave Bama and come to Athens? Oh My Gosh! What happens is Tech wins? Will the posting boards lite up once again with Dawg fans jumping off the bandwagon known as the “Train of delusions?” What happens if Tech wins today?

But…..we all know that Georgia will not lose to Tech. No way. Georgia is on the way to winning the SEC and the BCS national title this year. Book it!

But….what happens if Georgia loses to LSU? Willl the sugar begin to fall all over the heads………

Coarch

November 26th, 2011
8:17 am

If UGA wins today, they’ll be in the Cap One.

Big Dawg

November 26th, 2011
8:17 am

When we beat Tech later today, then we can turn our attention to LSU. Who by the way we match up with quite well.

Go Dawgs beat Tech

TampaGator

November 26th, 2011
8:18 am

In reference to that line refering to “Train of Delusions”………see Massive Dawgs’s post at 8:15am….

TampaGator

November 26th, 2011
8:20 am

…..also Big Dawg’s post at 8:17…….”Who (LSU) by the way we match up with quite well.”

Really? You match up real well with LSU……..the only team that matches up real well with LSU resides in a state of Alabama and goes by the name of “Crimson Tide”…….

roughrider

November 26th, 2011
8:21 am

I hope the loss today does not damage Tech’s psyche to where they lose ANOTHER bowl game. How many in a row have they lost?

TampaGator

November 26th, 2011
8:21 am

But…..anyway…..enjoy your win over Tech today…..but what happens if Tech wins?

JB

November 26th, 2011
8:21 am

This year has been fun and excellent training. Next year should be the year with about 16 starters back plus 8 or so quality back ups and about the same schedule. 11-1 and back to the dome with being favored for a change. Beat Tech today and give LSU fits to spring board for next year.

Johnny Carson

November 26th, 2011
8:23 am

Oh….one more thought.

What’s up with the unbelievably stupid Budweiser song?

Really??

What a bunch of NERDS!!

TampaGator

November 26th, 2011
8:25 am

JB…….

LSU returns almost everyone and your former QB steps in to led them in the upgraded passing game. As they said on CBS yesterday, if you think LSU’s team is great this year, wait till next year…..it will be two to three years of complete dominance by LSU in the SEC, I am afraid.

CHDawg

November 26th, 2011
8:26 am

A couple of thoughts on LSU, since that is the topic for the bowl determination (if we lose to Tech, it isn’t going to matter as much): UGA’s D ranks very high, and Ark’s is down the list somewhat. Advantage UGA. Ark’s O ranks higher than UGA’s. Smaller advantage, Ark. I think Ark and UGA are pretty close, though. As we all know, anything can happen on any Saturday. This looks like the strongest LSU team I have ever seen, by a good margin, though. Their players have the NFL look about them. UGA has been improving and our O can be very powerful, so we will have to see. It is going to take a great game out of our Dawgs.

sarfdawg

November 26th, 2011
8:27 am

I could care less what happens next Saturday or in January. The only thing that matters is beating Tech today at Noon. Anything beyond that means nothing.

Coarch

November 26th, 2011
8:27 am

Meh…

I’ve been hearing “wait ’till next year” ever since Mark Richt stepped foot on campus in Athens.

CHDawg

November 26th, 2011
8:29 am

I was surprised at Petrino pouting over Miles kicking the FG at 38 pts. Petrino was visibly shaken and angry. I looked at the ARK vs TN game on ESPN.com and ARK was still throwing TDs in the 4th quarter! Ark ran it up on TN 49-7. All Miles has to say to Petrino is, remember Tennessee?

Coarch

November 26th, 2011
8:30 am

@CHDawg

You are only able to speculate that Georgia and Arkansas are “pretty close” because they weren’t on Georgia’s schedule this year. South Carolina isn’t “pretty close” to Arkansas. That much we know…

NORRIS

November 26th, 2011
8:30 am

tampagator: most of those guys are going to go pro early.

Coarch

November 26th, 2011
8:32 am

There is no rule against running up the score. CMR does it whenever he can.

King Gator

November 26th, 2011
8:34 am

Hey anywhere but the Liberty Bowl v. UCF should be just fine. Go Gators!

TampaGator

November 26th, 2011
8:34 am

Just having some fun with this…..but here is a nightmare senario for you:

Georgia loses to Tech and then gets clobbered by LSU….and Florida upsets FSU and wins big…….the Outback Bowl picks Florida and Georgia goes to the Chick Fil A………..what happens then?