Even though they didn’t manage to get a Big 12 championship trophy, on Sunday the Texas Longhorns got some good news: they are headed to the Allstate Sugar Bowl.
— Allstate Sugar Bowl (@SugarBowlNola) December 2, 2018
With Oklahoma headed to the College Football Playoff, the Big 12’s remaining bowl spot goes to the number two team in the conference. The Longhorns finished as the second-best team according to both the conference’s standings and the final College Football Playoff rankings, where they came in at No. 15.
They’ll face off against SEC opponent Georgia, who lost last night 35-28 to Alabama in the SEC Championship Game. Georgia came in at No. 5 in the CFP rankings, and will be the likely favorite in that game.
There was much discussion that Georgia might be slotted in the Playoff despite their loss on Saturday, but with the Big 12 Champion Oklahoma Sooners making it in, the Bulldogs will face Texas in New Orleans on New Year’s Day.
The Longhorns and the Bulldogs have not met since the 1984 Cotton Bowl, where Georgia managed to get a 10-9 victory. Texas’ appearance in a New Years’ Six bowl game marks just the first time since the 2010 Rose Bowl that the Longhorns will be playing in a major postseason match.
Texas hasn’t played in the Sugar Bowl since 1995, when they lost to the Virginia Tech Hokies on New Year’s Eve.
The Longhorns will play Georgia on January 1st in the Mercedes-Binz Superdome in New Orleans.